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Immigrant Rights - The Protests and Walkouts are Growing Larger in Fresno
by Mike Rhodes (Mike Rhodes)
Tuesday Mar 28th, 2006 1:43 PM
In Fresno, the immigrant rights marches and walkouts by high school students are growing in strength and numbers. On Monday there were over 500 students at the march and rally. Today the estimates were as high as 6,000.
Immigrant Rights - The Protests and Walkouts are Growing Larger in Fresno
By Mike Rhodes

Estimates of the number of students at the immigrant rights marches and rally in downtown Fresno ranged wildly today. The Fresno Police Department captain on the scene estimated 2,000. The Reverend Floyd Harris, president of the California chapter of the National Action Network, estimated 6,000. What was certain is that thousands of students made their way downtown today, in the pouring rain, to protest against the anti-immigrant HR 4437 that is being discussed in Congress.

The march and rally was significantly larger than the spontaneous walkout and march, led by student activists yesterday. See for the story and pictures from that event. Today the students came from almost, if not all, local high schools. The students gathered at City Hall, held a rally, and marched to the Fulton Mall and back to City Hall.

Shortly before Noon there were several splinter marches heading in various directions and you could hear chanting and the yelling of these massive marches all over the downtown area. Perhaps the largest contingent, once again, came from Fresno High. There arrival created an uproar from students who had already arrived that could be heard for blocks. One of the last groups to arrive was a group from Hoover High, which is at least 5 miles North of downtown.

While there was a massive police presence, there was no evidence of arrests taking place at this peaceful rally and march.
§Students Arrive From Hoover High
by Mike Rhodes (Mike Rhodes) Tuesday Mar 28th, 2006 1:43 PM
These students marched all the way across town, from Hoover High, in support of immigrant rights. Photos by Mike Rhodes

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by Ann G
Tuesday Mar 28th, 2006 3:01 PM
You make me Proud. I hope some of these students run for City Council, for Sheriff, for Chief of Police, for Mayor, for any other office open.
I would love to see: More pictures, More pictures, more pictures.
I hope these students get out and help on the upcoming elections.
I live in Minneapolis, MN but went to Fresno High.
*** in today's Minneapolis, MN paper, the Star Tribune. showed a group of students with flags waving, their hand over their heart, saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Quoted "About 500 student from two Fresno, Calif. high schools walked out of class Monday and marched to City Hall, where they faced the US flag and recited teh Pledge of Allegiance in a demonstration for favorable immigration legislation.".

Do these kids and young adults know what posistive power they have?? I hope they can continue and see their voice DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE !!. and any of them could run for city council and for Mayor. YOU HAVE THE POWER !!!!

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