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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Marching for Immigration Reform (3/21/10)

In 2006 the Latino community took to the streets to protest the broken immigration system.  In 2007 the Latino community registered to vote.  In 2008 the Latino community voted.  In 2009 the Latino community began to organize in our communities and online.  In 2010 Latinos and their allies have mobilized online and off and are marching in Washington, DC to call for immigration reform.

When campaigning for President, President Obama promised the Latino community that he was going to work on immigration reform.  Over one year later, said promise remains unfulfilled and unanswered.  Today one hundred thousand folks will be marching in Washington, DC to remind the president of his unfulfilled promise and urge him not to break it again in his second year in office.  This effort is a complex and multi-faceted one, but one that needs to be tackled in earnest by our politicians who promised to do so when courting the Latino community for votes.  We are waiting, watching and willing to hold those in elected office (in Congress and the White House) on both sides of the aisle accountable.

Read more about the march and different efforts organized by folks here, here, herehere and here.  Some links in Spanish can be found here and here.  This last link has loud video so you may want to turn down the volume on your computer.

If you are in DC, see you there!  Where?  According to the New Latino Movement:
2-4 p.m. MARCH FOR AMERICA @ National Mall in Washington,D.C. March starts at 7th Street between Jefferson and Madison streets. The audience area will flow all the way back to 14th St between Jefferson and Madison. Note: Wear white shirts and bring American flags!

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