imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

STUDENTS UP THE ANTE: Amnesty's the new agenda

by Leslie Radford Monday, Apr. 17, 2006 at 6:31 AM

Student protestors march on City Hall. "Compromise" is off the table--the word today was "Amnesty."

front_line2.jpg, image/jpeg, 425x319

LOS ANGELES, 15 April 2006--It only took two weeks for Estudiantes Unidos/Students United to pull the march together. This morning thousands of students, exuberant and determined, marched through downtown to support immigrants, but more to the point, to flex their own political muscle. They found their voice and took their place in what they dubbed "the civil rights movement of this century."

It was still difficult to find a European face, but Asian- and African-descent students were everywhere in the predominantly Mesoamerican crowd. So were parents: moms striding side-by-side with their middle-schoolers, sometimes three generations marching arm-in-arm.

Every half-block of the three blocks of marchers brought a different chant. But this morning there was a new one: "¿Qué queremos? ¡Amnistía! ¿Cuando? ¡Ahora!"

While U.S. flags flags peppered the City Hall lawn, there was no lack of other flags, mostly Mexican, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran. But this crew wasn't opposing Sensenbrenner or supporting a Senate compromise: this was a revolution for raza rights, a full-out call for amnesty for those in the U.S. without papers, and for respect, dignity, and justice for all peoples of color. "Amnesty" from legal sanctions, yes, but just under the surface, amnesty from racial persecution.

The City Hall program began with a call for peace and self-monitoring, and then a tribute to Anthony Soltero. Soltero, a 14-year-old student organizer, took his own life two weeks ago after his vice-principal threatened him with incarceration for putting together a walkout for immigrants' rights, according to his family. His schoolmates took the stage and spoke of the warmth and leadership of their classmate.

The commitment and enthusiasm of the students was inexhaustible. Three students and a teacher from Roosevelt High ran the eight miles of the Sacred Run of the Four Directions, loaded into a car, drove downtown to hook up with other Roosevelt students, walked the length of the march, and returned to the Sacred Run to finish the last mile of the ceremony. The students eagerly collected flyers from the groups represented and for the May 1 Boycott. One flyer, for a showdown with the Minutemen in Burbank next Saturday, was a favorite, with students jostling for copies to hand out to friends.

Meanwhile, according to the Los Angeles Times, Mayor Villaraigosa was in Van Nuys urging students to march outside of school hours, apparently unaware that they were rallying outside his office building doing exactly that.

March organizers had lined up hours of speakers and performers. BAMN, World Can't Wait, and ANSWER-LA each took their turn, but equally notable were the speakers from the Proposition 187 protests and from the Chicano Moratorium and the 60's high school walkouts. Representatives of the African-American community and the state Senate welcomed the ralliers. The students listened with rapt attention to the old school revolutionary messages. East Los Angeles College's ISO raised the roof with their call: "No to a bracero program, no to guestworkers. Yes to legalization, yes to citizenship. ¡Sí se puede--amnistía! Hasta la victoria siempre!"

The walls of City Hall seemed to quiver just a little when the hip-hoppers took to the steps of the staid monolith. "Que viva Zapata!" they invoked, to the roars of the crowd. "This is for the people!"

One student organizer explained what the march had accomplished: "We've raised consciousness that something can be done, that we can fight back and win." What's next? "This isn't just about mobilization. Its about organization."

Report this post as:

for Anthony

by Leslie Radford Monday, Apr. 17, 2006 at 6:31 AM

for Anthony...
anthony_j_soltero.jpg, image/jpeg, 500x343

Report this post as:


by Leslie Radford Monday, Apr. 17, 2006 at 6:31 AM

estudiantes.jpg, image/jpeg, 525x394

Report this post as:

pueblos unidos

by Leslie Radford Monday, Apr. 17, 2006 at 6:31 AM

pueblos unidos...
front_line3.jpg, image/jpeg, 425x358

Report this post as:

fear the system

by Leslie Radford Monday, Apr. 17, 2006 at 6:31 AM

fear the system...
fear_the_system.jpg, image/jpeg, 319x385

Report this post as:


by Leslie Radford Monday, Apr. 17, 2006 at 6:31 AM

1620.jpg, image/jpeg, 2048x1088

Report this post as:

Che says

by Leslie Radford Monday, Apr. 17, 2006 at 6:31 AM

Che says...
che.jpg, image/jpeg, 500x373

Report this post as:

the word

by Leslie Radford Monday, Apr. 17, 2006 at 6:31 AM

the word...
band1.jpg, image/jpeg, 334x365

Report this post as:

somos trabajadores

by Leslie Radford Monday, Apr. 17, 2006 at 6:31 AM

somos trabajadores...
somos_trajabadores.jpg, image/jpeg, 430x325

Report this post as:

hoy marchamos

by Leslie Radford Monday, Apr. 17, 2006 at 6:31 AM

hoy marchamos...
hoy_marchamos.jpg, image/jpeg, 299x375

Report this post as:

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 14 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
Si Se Puede! CHICAN@ 2020 Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2006 at 6:20 PM
Provocative photographer Leslie Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2006 at 9:50 PM
LA Times Photo LA Times sucks Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2006 at 12:16 AM
LA Times Photo John Earl Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2006 at 2:07 AM
Not a white movement Leslie Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2006 at 3:02 AM
Leslie makes a good point LA Times = BuSh Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2006 at 3:44 AM
International Proletariat My A-- Juan Chacon Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2006 at 5:43 AM
The LA Times Foto Juan Chacon Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2006 at 5:49 AM
nearly forgot Leslie Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2006 at 11:28 AM
Response to Leslie John Earl Thursday, Apr. 20, 2006 at 6:13 AM
Typos John Earl Thursday, Apr. 20, 2006 at 6:20 AM
FORTIFIED TRIBEZ Lady Binx Saturday, Apr. 29, 2006 at 6:51 PM
and what ona move! Monday, May. 01, 2006 at 1:54 AM

Local News

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Politoscope plurivalent O17 6:59AM

Paraphysique du microcosme macrocosme O15 6:44AM

September 2018 Honduras coup update O15 3:31AM

The Nation Unites Against Brian Kemp, Most Racist Secretary of State in US O14 7:34AM

The Nation Unites Against Brian Kemp, Most Racist Secretary of State in US O14 7:23AM

Paraphysique de l'ubérisation O13 7:56AM

22 Ways Trump Has Increased US Deficit By 4 to 5 Trillion Dollars O12 10:34PM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Plus d'hôpitaux, à bas les aéros O12 6:38AM

When Banana Ruled (documentary) O11 3:00AM

Outstanding Report By RAMOLA D &Dr.Tomo Shibata O10 9:17PM

Dark Clouds Gather on Horizon for Financial System, Warns International Monetary Fund O10 1:51PM

Fbi pure evil & immorality O10 5:39AM

Reality Check: Palestinian-Israeli Coexistence is a Big Lie O09 7:40PM

Voiceless Animals: 2018 Candidates They Oppose O09 7:01PM

IMF Lowers Global Growth Projections and Raises Concerns of Financial Crisis O09 3:27PM

Canitie, l'inhumanité vieillit O09 7:13AM

L'anarchie en quelques exemples O07 6:50AM

100 Ways GOP Have Stolen Elections Since 1876 O06 12:03AM

Proximospective de l'univocité réifiée O05 6:27AM

“Kava-no!!!” O04 6:42PM

Trump & Palestine vs. Genesis, Rashi & The Land of Israel O03 6:29PM

The Criminality of the Elites O03 11:35AM

Business de l'inhumanitaire O03 7:51AM

Marriage Rape/Date Rape Highest Rapes O02 2:59PM

Women I Know Get Raped - Too Many Times To Count! O02 2:55PM

Women In USA Have Stockholm Syndrom O02 2:50PM

Shooting Drill's Are Political Actual Shootings O02 2:47PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy