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May 1st, 2006 San Pancho-Francisco. El Gran Paro. El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido.
by Michelle Gutierrez
Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
May 1st. El Gran Paro. El Pueblo.Unido. Jamas Sera Vencido./The Great Halt. The People. Together. Will Never Be Defeated....
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On May 1st, the largest gathering that many can ever remember-gathered in San Francisco at 11AM to march from the Embarcadero of San Francisco to City Hall. The Latino section of town-the Mission District, was empty. Businesses that don't even close on Christmas were closed that day with signs that said they were closed for May 1st in solidarity with the workers. A sea of people dressed in white gravitated towards the rally, by foot, by car, by bike, but definitely in groups. On buses, people stood closer than comfortable but with the awareness of why. Contrary to minding, they sang. They sang religous songs, they sang righteous chants. Some even yelled "Gracias Padre Dios por este dia./Thank you Father God for this day." When the bus reached the march gathering, it could go no further due to the crowds and had to head back. The gathering consisted of Latino and Immigrant supporters. They carried signs, flags, babies, noise makers, pots, pans, spoons to clang them with, etc.. The emotions were of anger, sadness, wonder, shock, frustration, and most of all pride! Our local newspapers reported 30,000 people on average. We know better. Those of us who were there would not be surprised to hear there were 100,000. It is not the first time our numbers have been misreported. Isn't that the trouble that got us here in the first place. So many questions to ask now. What next? What do we want? Why do the economic conditions in Mexico continue? Who voted NAFTA in. How can we fix it? How can we all come together on this? There are many things to make an effort of hope for. Hoy marchamos. Manana votamos...
§Instituto Familiar de la Raza. (A resource center for legal issues)-Closed!
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§Fruit store. Closed!
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§3rd & Mission-on their way
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§How many did you say were there?
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§SF City College Representing
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§Andres-Noise maker with a pan
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§United Nations
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§El Salvador Consulate
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§United by the flag
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§Friends
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§You are not illegal
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§God is watching everything
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§SF City Hall
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§A couple
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§A Grandmother
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§Park in front of City Hall
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§Who gives you the right to say welcome?
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§Listening
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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§Yes You Can.
by Michelle Gutierrez Thursday May 4th, 2006 8:38 AM
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