Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Denver Students March for Immigrant Rights; SF/Bay Area Prepares for A23 Mass Mobilization

The AP is reporting more huge high school student initiated walkouts or 'blowouts' in largely Chicano/Latino communities - this time in Denver this morning. It seems there hasn't been this level of youth activism in Denver since Rudolfo 'Corky' Gonzalez and the Crusade for Justice and many others mobilized youth conferences and a new movement in the late 1960's until the Denver police and COINTELPRO eventually shut them down. See my previous blog on the passing of Corky Gonzalez in 2005.

DENVER — Waving U.S. and Mexican flags and clogging busy streets, about 1,000
high school students and adults descended on the state Capitol today for a rally to support immigrant rights, police said.
Marchers jammed inbound lanes of Speer Boulevard, a major route to downtown, and temporarily blocked other intersections as they crossed, but no problems were reported, police spokeswoman Virginia Quinones said.
“We are not trying to hurt your country,” said Jorge Macias, a high school sophomore who said he is a U.S. citizen. “It is big enough for everyone.”
Meanwhile, in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area - Community organizations, labor, students, and faith-based groups are organizing the Bay Area's largest mobilization for immigrant rights on Sunday, April 23.
Join us and bring your friends and family!
Contact: Sheila Chung, Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, 510-839-7598
12:00PM - Rally at Dolores Park (19th St. and Dolores St.) with diverse speakers and performers
2:00PM - March to SF Federal Building (Golden Gate Ave. between Larkin St. and Polk St.)3:30/4:00PM - Rally at SF Federal Building
Flyer available at
Our next planning meeting is scheduled for Wed, April 19 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at SEIU Local 87, 240 Golden Gate Ave. between Hyde and Leavenworth.
As part of the mass mobilization, Bay Area Faith Communities invite you to join in a day of prayer and action to unite for just comprehensive immigration reform. After mass and a press event, communities of faith will join others to march from Dolores Park to the SF Federal Building.
Wear white - it represents peace and unity. Bring parish, congregational banners and religious symbols.
12:00PM Mass - Mission Dolores Basilica (Dolores and 16th Street in San Francisco)1:15PM Interfaith Press Event - Old Mission Dolores1:45PM March from Mission Dolores to Dolores Park2:00PM March from corner of Dolores and 18th Street to SF Federal Building (Golden Gate Ave. between Larkin St. and Polk St.)Flyer available at
Asian Pacific Islander communities will gather at 12:00PM at the corner of 18th St. and Dolores St.
More on other immigrant rights actions.

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