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Thread: Youths leave school to march in favor of immigrant rights

  1. #1
    YES YES!! SOMETHING WILL BE DONE SOON..THE STUDENTS OF JESUS WILL BREAK THE BIGOTS'S BACK

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    By Myung Oak Kim And Charlie Brennan, Rocky Mountain News
    April 20, 2006


    Passion and protest spilled out of school and into the streets Wednesday as an estimated 2,500 students from across the metro area united at the state Capitol on behalf of immigrant rights.
    While the students' understanding of immigration policy varied greatly, their message was clear: On the hottest political issue of the season, they will not be ignored.

    "Everyone is here for the right reasons," said Jacobo Gonzales, a North High School senior, the grandson of the late civil rights activist Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales, and key organizer for the walkout. "I don't see it as a fad. I see it as a way . . . to get our voices heard."

    Sporting white T-shirts and ample pride, waving the flags of the U.S., Mexico and even Cuba, middle and high school students walked out of about 25 schools, most in Denver, and marched, drove and rode buses to the west lawn of the Capitol for a raucous but peaceful rally.

    It was the largest youth demonstration in recent memory in Denver and, according to some, the birth of a new youth activist movement.

    But others frowned on the protest, calling it a slap in the face of law-abiding citizens.

    Many students said they would skip school May 1 to participate in a national work and shopping boycott to show the economic power of immigrants.

    "This is just the beginning," said Alejandro Sanchez, 15, a sophomore at Jefferson High School in Edgewater.

    An ad hoc group of about 30 students began planning the walkout soon after the March 25 Denver immigration rally at Civic Center that drew an estimated 50,000 people. Organizers spread the word through text messages and fliers.

    Leaders expected 800 to 1,000 students at Wednesday's event, which was part march, part protest and part pep rally.

    The turnout was about 2,500, Denver police said.

    Most students left class between 8:30 a.m. and 9.

    School administrators in several districts have said they would consider the walkouts unexcused absences.

    Lillian Landa Velasquez and Armando Somoza, who joined about 300 students who left West High School for the Capitol, said they were protesting more for their parents than anything else.

    "We don't want our parents to be felons just for being here," Somoza said to cheers.

    Numerous Denver Public Schools security vehicles accompanied the marchers.

    The demonstration was monitored by a heavy police presence, as well as two vehicles bearing "Homeland Security" markings.

    The largest contingent of students assembled at Viking Park at Speer Boulevard and 29th Avenue near North High School.

    The throngs walked down Speer Boulevard, prompting police to close the road, and then east on Colfax Avenue, chanting in Spanish and English.

    College students and adult activists worked to keep the students out of danger and arranged for RTD buses to pick up students after the rally. Some parents distributed bottled water to the marchers as they made their way downtown in sunny and brisk spring conditions.

    As the protesters filled the Capitol lawn, two simultaneous rallies broke out, one on Lincoln Avenue and the other on the Capitol steps.

    "It felt great - it felt empowering to be up there," said Jordan Martinez, an 18-year-old East High School senior who stood on the west steps of the Capitol.

    He was exhorting a crowd that needed little exhorting with cries of "la raza unida," or "the people united."

    "It's all about us, and it will always be about us. Power, " shouted David McEwen, 16, a sophomore at East High.

    Aide Gandarilla, 17, of John F. Kennedy High School, turned toward the Capitol where lawmakers were assembled.

    "Come on down and speak to us, say something!" she cried. "Come on, don't be scared. We're not criminals. Come on . . . We want to see some action!"

    Some onlookers were supportive, others hostile.

    "I think the fact that these kids have some idea of what's going on and want to do something about it is great and amazing. It's what this country is all about," said Christine Friberg, 22, a bike messenger who applauded students as they marched to the Capitol.

    Dave Capra, 21, of Arvada, traveled with his girlfriend to Speer Boulevard near the Auraria campus to see the march.

    When he saw students hoisting Mexican flags on top of U.S. flags, he got so angry that he extended his middle finger toward the crowd.

    "I am not pro-immigrant," the Metro State student said. "I think it's important for people who are against immigration to speak out."

    As the lunch hour approached, students continued to arrive from outlying schools, including about 150 students who walked almost six miles from Jefferson High School in Edgewater. When motorists honked their horns, the students roared with appreciation.

    State Sen. Tom Wiens, R-Castle Rock, talked about immigration policy to a group of students. After they left, he told a reporter that he was sad to see the protest.

    "I think a lot of these kids think that they're doing what people in my generation did in the '60s," he said.

    "This is exactly the opposite.

    "What this is is adults manipulating children . . . to ask the government not to enforce the laws."

    Wiens said the display of Mexican flags fuels anger among many Colorado residents. He said he has received scores of e-mails from constituents who are incensed about the rallies.

    Jacobo Gonzales said he recognizes the backlash, but that doesn't diminish his resolve.

    "Our country was founded on immigration," said Gonzales, who plans to attend Colorado State University in the fall.

    "Our Statue of Liberty says bring us your poor and your used. That means basically if you're in trouble, we accept you. We should not be pushing people out."

    Jacobo's father, Joaquin Gonzales, said it's important for students to stage demonstrations.

    "Unless you take a stand and make some noise, you're continually ignored," he said.

    WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

    "To those people who want to dismiss these actions, I say to them, 'This is what democracy looks like.' This is the best social studies class these youngsters will ever take."

    Nita Gonzales, principal, Escuela Tlatelolco, Denver

    "We are not criminals. We are people just like everybody else. If you were in another country and you were starving and your family was hungry, you would do everything you can to survive, just like every other person in this world."

    Adriana Cruz, 15, North High School, Denver

    "We are here for the same reasons people came to America - to make sure human rights are given."

    Rico Rangel, 23, graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder

    "Coming out in large groups will tell people we care about our education."

    Velia Aguilar, 16, Lincoln High School, Denver

    "My mother's always told me that back in her day, kids protested all the time. That's how things got changed, that's how things got done."

    Morgan Beem, 18, East High School, Denver

    "I'm proud to be an American, to get the education I need and the opportunities. I want people to know that it's OK to be an immigrant."

    Lillian Landa Velasquez, West High School, Denver

    "A bunch of spoiled brats."

    Robert Copley Jr., a member of the Colorado Minutemen, describing the demonstrators

    How many kids participated

    Numbers from Denver Public Schools (estimates):

    Hill Middle School 300

    Lincoln High School 300

    West High School 300

    Grant Middle School 200

    Denver School of the Arts 150

    Escuela Tlatelolco 125

    Bruce Randolph School 100

    East High School 100

    North High School 300 George Washington High School 75

    Wyatt-Edison Charter School 60

    Kepner Middle School 50

    Kunsmiller Middle School 50

    Morey Middle School 35

    Florence Crittenton School 30

    Horace Mann Middle School 30

    Place Middle School 30

    Contemporary Learning Academy 25

    "¢ About 350 students walked out of Jefferson, Alameda and Bear Creek high schools and North Arvada Middle School in Jefferson County.

    "¢ About 50 students left Aurora Hills, East and North middle schools. At least 20 students walked out of Thornton High School.

    "¢ Three students walked out of Casey Middle School in Boulder Valley RE-2. Englewood superintendent James McCabe said seven middle school students left.

    Kimm@RockyMountainNews.com or 303-892-2361

  2. #2
    YES YES!! SOMETHING WILL BE DONE SOON..THE STUDENTS OF JESUS WILL BREAK THE BIGOTS'S BACK

    -----------------


    By Myung Oak Kim And Charlie Brennan, Rocky Mountain News
    April 20, 2006


    Passion and protest spilled out of school and into the streets Wednesday as an estimated 2,500 students from across the metro area united at the state Capitol on behalf of immigrant rights.
    While the students' understanding of immigration policy varied greatly, their message was clear: On the hottest political issue of the season, they will not be ignored.

    "Everyone is here for the right reasons," said Jacobo Gonzales, a North High School senior, the grandson of the late civil rights activist Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales, and key organizer for the walkout. "I don't see it as a fad. I see it as a way . . . to get our voices heard."

    Sporting white T-shirts and ample pride, waving the flags of the U.S., Mexico and even Cuba, middle and high school students walked out of about 25 schools, most in Denver, and marched, drove and rode buses to the west lawn of the Capitol for a raucous but peaceful rally.

    It was the largest youth demonstration in recent memory in Denver and, according to some, the birth of a new youth activist movement.

    But others frowned on the protest, calling it a slap in the face of law-abiding citizens.

    Many students said they would skip school May 1 to participate in a national work and shopping boycott to show the economic power of immigrants.

    "This is just the beginning," said Alejandro Sanchez, 15, a sophomore at Jefferson High School in Edgewater.

    An ad hoc group of about 30 students began planning the walkout soon after the March 25 Denver immigration rally at Civic Center that drew an estimated 50,000 people. Organizers spread the word through text messages and fliers.

    Leaders expected 800 to 1,000 students at Wednesday's event, which was part march, part protest and part pep rally.

    The turnout was about 2,500, Denver police said.

    Most students left class between 8:30 a.m. and 9.

    School administrators in several districts have said they would consider the walkouts unexcused absences.

    Lillian Landa Velasquez and Armando Somoza, who joined about 300 students who left West High School for the Capitol, said they were protesting more for their parents than anything else.

    "We don't want our parents to be felons just for being here," Somoza said to cheers.

    Numerous Denver Public Schools security vehicles accompanied the marchers.

    The demonstration was monitored by a heavy police presence, as well as two vehicles bearing "Homeland Security" markings.

    The largest contingent of students assembled at Viking Park at Speer Boulevard and 29th Avenue near North High School.

    The throngs walked down Speer Boulevard, prompting police to close the road, and then east on Colfax Avenue, chanting in Spanish and English.

    College students and adult activists worked to keep the students out of danger and arranged for RTD buses to pick up students after the rally. Some parents distributed bottled water to the marchers as they made their way downtown in sunny and brisk spring conditions.

    As the protesters filled the Capitol lawn, two simultaneous rallies broke out, one on Lincoln Avenue and the other on the Capitol steps.

    "It felt great - it felt empowering to be up there," said Jordan Martinez, an 18-year-old East High School senior who stood on the west steps of the Capitol.

    He was exhorting a crowd that needed little exhorting with cries of "la raza unida," or "the people united."

    "It's all about us, and it will always be about us. Power, " shouted David McEwen, 16, a sophomore at East High.

    Aide Gandarilla, 17, of John F. Kennedy High School, turned toward the Capitol where lawmakers were assembled.

    "Come on down and speak to us, say something!" she cried. "Come on, don't be scared. We're not criminals. Come on . . . We want to see some action!"

    Some onlookers were supportive, others hostile.

    "I think the fact that these kids have some idea of what's going on and want to do something about it is great and amazing. It's what this country is all about," said Christine Friberg, 22, a bike messenger who applauded students as they marched to the Capitol.

    Dave Capra, 21, of Arvada, traveled with his girlfriend to Speer Boulevard near the Auraria campus to see the march.

    When he saw students hoisting Mexican flags on top of U.S. flags, he got so angry that he extended his middle finger toward the crowd.

    "I am not pro-immigrant," the Metro State student said. "I think it's important for people who are against immigration to speak out."

    As the lunch hour approached, students continued to arrive from outlying schools, including about 150 students who walked almost six miles from Jefferson High School in Edgewater. When motorists honked their horns, the students roared with appreciation.

    State Sen. Tom Wiens, R-Castle Rock, talked about immigration policy to a group of students. After they left, he told a reporter that he was sad to see the protest.

    "I think a lot of these kids think that they're doing what people in my generation did in the '60s," he said.

    "This is exactly the opposite.

    "What this is is adults manipulating children . . . to ask the government not to enforce the laws."

    Wiens said the display of Mexican flags fuels anger among many Colorado residents. He said he has received scores of e-mails from constituents who are incensed about the rallies.

    Jacobo Gonzales said he recognizes the backlash, but that doesn't diminish his resolve.

    "Our country was founded on immigration," said Gonzales, who plans to attend Colorado State University in the fall.

    "Our Statue of Liberty says bring us your poor and your used. That means basically if you're in trouble, we accept you. We should not be pushing people out."

    Jacobo's father, Joaquin Gonzales, said it's important for students to stage demonstrations.

    "Unless you take a stand and make some noise, you're continually ignored," he said.

    WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

    "To those people who want to dismiss these actions, I say to them, 'This is what democracy looks like.' This is the best social studies class these youngsters will ever take."

    Nita Gonzales, principal, Escuela Tlatelolco, Denver

    "We are not criminals. We are people just like everybody else. If you were in another country and you were starving and your family was hungry, you would do everything you can to survive, just like every other person in this world."

    Adriana Cruz, 15, North High School, Denver

    "We are here for the same reasons people came to America - to make sure human rights are given."

    Rico Rangel, 23, graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder

    "Coming out in large groups will tell people we care about our education."

    Velia Aguilar, 16, Lincoln High School, Denver

    "My mother's always told me that back in her day, kids protested all the time. That's how things got changed, that's how things got done."

    Morgan Beem, 18, East High School, Denver

    "I'm proud to be an American, to get the education I need and the opportunities. I want people to know that it's OK to be an immigrant."

    Lillian Landa Velasquez, West High School, Denver

    "A bunch of spoiled brats."

    Robert Copley Jr., a member of the Colorado Minutemen, describing the demonstrators

    How many kids participated

    Numbers from Denver Public Schools (estimates):

    Hill Middle School 300

    Lincoln High School 300

    West High School 300

    Grant Middle School 200

    Denver School of the Arts 150

    Escuela Tlatelolco 125

    Bruce Randolph School 100

    East High School 100

    North High School 300 George Washington High School 75

    Wyatt-Edison Charter School 60

    Kepner Middle School 50

    Kunsmiller Middle School 50

    Morey Middle School 35

    Florence Crittenton School 30

    Horace Mann Middle School 30

    Place Middle School 30

    Contemporary Learning Academy 25

    "¢ About 350 students walked out of Jefferson, Alameda and Bear Creek high schools and North Arvada Middle School in Jefferson County.

    "¢ About 50 students left Aurora Hills, East and North middle schools. At least 20 students walked out of Thornton High School.

    "¢ Three students walked out of Casey Middle School in Boulder Valley RE-2. Englewood superintendent James McCabe said seven middle school students left.

    Kimm@RockyMountainNews.com or 303-892-2361

  3. #3
    Aide Gandarilla, 17, of John F. Kennedy High School, turned toward the Capitol where lawmakers were assembled.

    "Come on down and speak to us, say something!" she cried. "Come on, don't be scared. We're not criminals. Come on . . . We want to see some action!"
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    HAHAHAHAHAH

    RUMOURS HAS IT THAT COLORADO G.O.P LAWMAKERS WERE AFRAID TO FACE OFF AGAINST THE STUDENTS AND THE STUDENTS WERE SCREAMING AT THOSE BIGOTS ASKING THEM TO COME OUT TO EXPLAIN TO THEM WHY THEY WANT TO CRIMINALIZE THEIR PARENTS

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