Chicago Immigration March in Pictures

Crowd estimated at 150,000 in Chicago -CNN

The first picture of the album shows the view from my office, the amount of people was staggering! Of course, getting down into the crowd was even more overwhelming! At the same time it was peaceful – families, friends, neighbors… American flags everywhere! As I walked back to my office, first up Congress then up Michigan – both streets closed off for the march – I realized how lucky I am to live in this city! These are interesting times!

May 1, 2007 – Chicago Immigration March

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Its been one year since last year’s march – hard to believe! The chopper is taking live shots of the throngs of people crossing 90/94 on Washington as I write this! I’m planning on heading over myself in about 15 min to see and take part in what is going on!

The immigrant community has united again to march for:

  • legalization and a path to earned citizenship for the undocumented.
  • reunification of families divided by broken immigration laws
  • a moratorium on the immigration raids separating families
  • condemn President Bush’s anti-family “Z-visas”
  • ICIRR.org

Katty’s live TV debut!

Katty’s first live studio interview on Telemundo Chicago the day after mid-term elections!

Another pre-taped interview on Univision

She will probably kill me for posting these but I just had to as I’m so proud of her for everything that she has done since she started at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights – she did a fantastic job in both of these interviews and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her! Congratulations Katty!

As far as a transcript of said interviews – I think I’ll wait until Google Labs comes up with a live audio translation program!

Immigrants detained by ICE en route to Chicago – DISTURBING!

I received a disturbing phone call from Katty this morning. Apparently Immigration and Customs Enforcement (aka ICE) detained a number of undocumented immigrants last night. The news itself was disturbing in light of the highly political climate just weeks before mid-term elections. But even more disturbing was the manner in which the suspects were detained. ICE officers entered a Chicago bound train car – at random – and started asking those who looked Latino and African for documentation. Those who were not able to provide documentation were detained until they could provide said information. This is wrong on so many levels I don’t even know where to begin! Who of us brings our passport everywhere they go? If the ICE officers thought that I looked Latino – I would have been detained! Since when can a federal US agency get away with such blatant discrimination!? How far are we from the point that all immigrants and visitors to our country will be required to wear some sort of identifying patch?!

ARRGH!! Am I the only one so incredible frustrated with the direction this country seems to be going?!

Voting at risk?

I just happened upon Lou Dobbs’ commentary on CNN:

But there is additional uncertainty about the outcome of our elections that is intolerable and inexcusable, and which could make the contested 2000 presidential election look orderly by comparison. As of right now, there is little assurance your vote will count. As we’ve been reporting almost nightly on my broadcast for more than a year, electronic voting machines are placing our democracy at risk.

Across the nation, eight out of every 10 voters will be casting their ballots this November on electronic voting machines. And these machines time and again have been demonstrated to be extremely vulnerable to tampering and error, and many of them have no voter-verified paper trail.

There is simply no way in which election officials and their staffs of thousands of volunteers with limited experience and often poor training can possibly carry out reliable recounts.

…When voters lose confidence in our elected representatives, we can vote the bums out. But what is the recourse if American voters lose confidence in our electoral system?

Voting at risk? I should say so! Not that this is new news, but it is worth noting. What can we do about it? I’m not really sure. I’m still trying to figure out if Illinois has moved to electronic voting. For now I’m going to register to vote (as I just moved) and hope for the best.

A few links of interest:
Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine – Princeton University
Cracking a Diebold in 4 min with 12 dollars

For those video lovers out there!

Chicago Immigration Rally exceeds 600,000!

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They just announced that the people marching today for Immigration reform in Chicago have exceeded 600,000!! We are making history in Chicago!! I just took this picture of the people arriving, and that isn’t even the larger group of people who should be arriving to Grant Park in ~10 minutes! I’ll be posting more pictures as more people arrive!

Chicago Immigration Rally May 1, 2006 – Pre-rally

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We have finally situated ourselves on the South side of Grant park. It is currently 11am and all we can do now is wait for the march to show up here. As you can see in the pic, a small contingent of people have showed up to get sports front and center. I am with the press on this one, they needed somebody with an internet connection to upload pictures from the photographers throughout the rally! Everybody is really excited about the event, though they are impatient about the actual number of people who are going to show up. We have every local channel as well as almost all the national media! I’ve seen three different choppers overhead so far! As always, I’ll keep you guys posted!