imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

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



CopWatch LA


A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network: 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
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Thousands March In A Day Without Latinos

by H. Nelson Goodson Thursday, May. 03, 2007 at 7:06 PM 414-383-1000, 3206 W. National Ave., Milw., WI 53215

Update: Thousands March In A Day Without Latinos

Update: Thousands March In A Day Without Latinos

Police melee in Los Angeles

By H. Nelson Goodson
El Conquistador Newspaper
3206 W. National Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
May 2, 2007

Milwaukee, WI - Last Tuesday, thousands of people supporting immigration reform marched through city streets in an effort to gain a path to citizenship and legal work permits for relatives and friends. They chanted “Si Se Puede” along the route and called for immigrant rights and for U.S. ICE to stop raids, which results in the separation of families. March organizers from Voces de la Frontera have estimated from 60,000 to 80,000 participants this year. The march stretched for more than a mile an a half, according to organizers. They also provided estimates of the costs, the March cost at least $26,000, which included $8,000 to charter buses, $5,000 for march permits and at least $1,000 for air fair, lodging and a speaking stipend for Ricardo Chavez.
The one day boycott effect, Economics Professor Michael Rosen from the Milwaukee Area Technical College said that if just one in five of those marching in Milwaukee missed a workday to attend, this would amount to $1.3 million in lost wages and would bring a massive impact on production and services, according to a press lease on Wednesday from Voces de la Frontera.
Reports of Homeland Security and U.S. ICE activity on W. Wisconsin Ave. began to circulate an hour before the march began. Also, some demonstrators reported that federal agents were taking photos of the participants. When contacted U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic says that he was unaware of any federal involvement in monitoring the march and since this march is on city streets and involves city permits, jurisdiction would be with the City of Milwaukee, not federal authorities. No incidents between the demonstrators and federal and local authorities were reported.
“This massive turn-out on a work-day was a clear statement to Congress and the President that the immigrant community will not be intimidated and driven back into the shadows. It is also a clear sign that momentum continues to grow for fair legalization this year,” says Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera. The protesters are hoping to persuade the Democrats who controlled both the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that would create a path of citizenship, and legal status to work for over 12 million undocumented workers already in the country.
Ricardo Chavez, a key leader of the United Farm Workers Union and brother of Cesar E. Chavez, and Craig Oliver, State Chair of the NAACP were keynote speakers at the Veterans Park “A Day Without Latinos” rally.
An estimated 100 Latino small businesses were closed in support of the one day boycott, while other Latino businesses decided to stay open, according to organizers.
News reports from throughout the nation where marches took place indicate that this year a mere fraction of protesters flooded the streets. In Chicago, Illinois, police reported at least 150,000 participants compared to 400,000 last year. In Phoenix, Arizona, 15,000 people marched and 2,500 marched in Tucson. In New York City, 1,000 rallied in Washington Square Park. In Texas, 70 people stood under a sign “Welcome to Texas” near an international bridge connecting Cuidad Juarez, Mexico to El Paso. They condemned immigration raids, which have separated Mexican parents from their U.S. born children.
In Los Angeles, California, police reported that 25,000 participants marched in one of two events planned for the day compared to 200,000 last year. In a related incident, Los Angeles police in riot gear converged and tried to dispersed a crowd of several thousand shortly after 6:30 p.m. when the peaceful march ended at MacArthur Park. The afternoon event was sponsored by a Catholic church and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
A group of protesters began to throw bottles and rocks at police. Police fired rubber bullets at the crowd hitting children, women, adults, senior citizens and members of the Latino media. They also fired tear gas at the demonstrators. The protesters claim that police incited and had provoked the melee.
Reporters were able to capture images in video and still photos of police beating on other news reporters. The images show police pushing, throwing and forcing reporters to the ground. The reporters were beaten with batons while some officers stepped and kicked camera equipment. Various media agencies reported that their equipment had been damaged by police. TV Azteca America reported one of their reporters was injured in the police melee. The Radio and Television News Association in California requested an internal police investigation calling the police attack on reporters “an act of brutal and violent attack against the media.”
Last Wednesday, William J. Bratton, Los Angeles Police Chief said some police officers might have used inappropriate force. "In my capacity as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, I want to assure the public we all serve, the political leadership of the City, the media, and the men and women of the Department, that the Department, in conformity with the Consent Decree, our policies and procedures, and guidance from the Police Commission, will conduct comprehensive, detailed investigations into the unfortunate events that occurred in MacArthur Park yesterday, at the conclusion of what had been a series of peaceful marches, demonstrations, and rallies by tens of thousands of participants.
Investigators will be interviewing injured members of the media later this afternoon. They will also work to identify the officers involved in the uses of force.,” Bratton said.
Seven police officers suffered minor injures, eight adults and one juvenile were arrested for several offenses, including drinking in public, assault with a deadly weapon for throwing a rock at officers, and one arrest was made for interfering with police, according to Bratton.
Bratton was expected to travel to El Salvador on Wednesday to meet Mayor Villaraigosa who is visiting the country. Villaraigosa requested Chief Bratton to remain in Los Angeles and head the internal investigation concerning the police melee.

FYI, checkout TMJ4 News link and video of March "A Day Without Latinos" in Milwaukee, WI:

Questions Raised Over Possible Parade Pics
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments

Local News

Public art project aspires to save California N18 3:42PM

Songwriter, Author, Philanthropist P F Sloan Died On Nov 16 N17 4:48PM

A Plea For Support From Will B N15 4:23PM

10 Shocking Realities of the TPP N09 4:47PM

KPFK needs your VOTE ! or lose it. O31 4:51PM


KPFK is losing and reducing it's main programmers, so can Fresh ones emerge there instead? O26 5:58PM

Fall 2015 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert! O26 7:58AM

A master-plan is needed to support renter protections in Northern California, & elsewhere O25 9:48PM

KPFK Updating: a coup? or failure? or.... O25 5:04PM

Kapparot Chicken Slaughter Causes Outrage: Activists Demand Change O06 1:59PM

Update on WHAT IS HAPPENING AT KPFK and what can be done & elections O05 12:39AM

A Letter (sent) to L.A. Slut Walk O03 12:51PM

Protesters Enact Symbolic "Die In" to Unwelcome Narendra Modi to Silicon Valley S28 3:52PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

fbi attacks with DEW in retaliation D01 11:27AM

Puerto Rico Avoids Default Governor Announces Revenue "Claw-Back" to Fund Government Ser D01 11:00AM

The Rich are the True Social Parasites D01 4:20AM

COP21, 25, 32, de l'écocide organisé N30 11:09PM

Is Marsha Levine now the most hated person on the Interwebs? N30 10:51PM

Angel Stone Pirater N30 3:20PM

Angel Stone Generator Online N30 3:18PM

Nuclear Shutdown News, November 2015 N30 1:52PM

fbi and police engage in unstoppable crimes N29 12:14PM

Eutonologie d'éthologie N29 8:08AM

MovieStarPlanet Generator VIP | Online Resources N29 6:03AM

MSP Hack VIP Generator Diamonds and Starcoins N28 5:36PM

MovieStarPlanet Hack Generator N28 5:33PM

Parangon d'une grande infestation N26 11:03PM

The Shortwave Report 11/27/15 Listen Globally! N26 3:56PM

An humble opinion N26 1:59PM

Activistas de los Derechos Humanos Unen Fuerzas en Honor al Derecho a la Democracia N25 3:13PM

VIDEO: What "Orwellian" Really Means N25 1:49PM

US Forces South Africa To Import Sick Birds N25 9:10AM

Presidential Candidates Criticize Pfizer Merger N25 8:19AM

Turkey's Downing of a Russian Fighter Jet Moves the Doomsday Clock Very Close to Midnight N25 5:46AM

NATO is harboring the Islamic State N25 4:43AM

Paraphysique de l'Etat d'urgence N25 1:23AM

Casino Capitalism and Profit Maximization N25 1:18AM

Democracy Now, Military Times, Guardian Articles On Soldiers Refusing To Drop Drones etc N24 9:10AM

First Amendment Under Covert Attack N23 6:27PM

Insanity of the police/fbi community N23 1:35PM

No to Racism and War! N23 6:02AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 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