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SF March for Immigrant Rights
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com)
Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
Tens of thousands of people throughout the Bay Area skipped work and school on Monday, May 1, to show their support for immigrant rights.
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It was difficult to estimate the size of the crowd, but it appeared as a large as the largest of the recent antiwar demonstrations. By the time the front of the march had reached Civic Center, the tail end was still leaving the Embarcadero.

The days actions began at 8:30 am with a "cacerolazo" (banging pots and pans, a la Argentina) as a couple hundred activists on foot and on bikes played cat-and-mouse with the police in the financial district.

A large crowd gathered at 11am at the Embarcadero for the day's major march. People from all walks of life were out in force, including, of course, thousands of immigrants from Mexico, Central America, Asia, Muslim countries, and Europe. Anarchists, communists, and socialists were present in large numbers, along with queer, transgender, labor, and student contingents. Many parents brought out their children for what proved to be a festive and peaceful march, followed by an afternoon rally at Civic Center Plaza.

As evening approached, the remaining crowd marched to the Federal Building in the Tenderloin, for a rush-hour rally, joined by those who had not been able to ditch work during the day.
§"You Can't Spell USA Without US"
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§Festive & diverse crowd
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§"If seeking a better life is a crime..."
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§Homemade banners and signs
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§"You like our food, why not us?"
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§Domestic Workers Coalition
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§An awful lot of flags...
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§"Victory Forever"
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§No to anti-immigrant HR4437
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§Anarchosyndicalist block celebrates MayDay
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§Gringos for immigrant rights
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§Transgender contingent
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§Rainbow flag
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§"We Are Not Criminals"
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§One of many families
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§Anti-Bush/Pro-Immigrant
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§Asians also out in force
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§"The Pilgrims Were Immigrants"
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§March approaches Civic Center
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 8:01 PM
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§More & better photos
by Liz (liz [at] black-rose.com) Monday May 1st, 2006 10:38 PM
...of today march
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shit talk is booooooring Dr. Carl JungTuesday May 9th, 2006 9:26 AM
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