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Thread: Two million people are expected to attend one of 136 rallies tomorrow

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    U.S. House Immigration Bill Rallies May Draw 2 Mln Nationwide
    April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Two million people are expected to attend one of 136 rallies tomorrow to show support for the U.S. Hispanic community, which is protesting an immigration reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, organizers said.

    The demonstrations, which started today in Dallas-Fort Worth where more than 100,000 were expected to gather, will culminate Monday in ``The National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice.'' The largest rallies are expected in New York and Washington, and 20 events are scheduled in California alone.

    ``We just want to show our power,'' said Juan Carlos Ruiz, general coordinator for the National Capital Immigration Coalition, in a phone interview from Washington. ``Latinos are known for being late and they say we cannot work together. We needed to show Congress we could organize ourselves.''

    The coalition, representing immigrant, labor, faith, civil rights and business groups, opposes House Bill 4437 that focuses on border security and backs the construction of 700 miles of border fencing, without making provisions for guest workers or undocumented immigrants.

    Congress recessed for a two-week holiday break before voting on a Senate compromise to provide a guest-worker program by creating 325,000 visas for unskilled workers. It also proposed procedures for undocumented immigrants in the country for more than two years to gain legal status and eventual citizenship.

    No Boycotts

    ``Our goal is to stop anti-immigrant legislation from becoming law and to pass real comprehensive immigration reform that provides a clear path to citizenship, unites families and ensures workplace and civil rights protections for all,'' the coalition said on its Web site.

    The rallies originally were scheduled in 10 cities for tomorrow. As word spread, new events were added to the schedule, Ruiz said.

    ``We are not calling for boycotts or any other actions,'' said Ruiz, a native of Peru who said he has political asylum in the U.S. ``Right now, it's enough that people come to rally and show they are disappointed in Congress about the House bill.''

    Rally organizers in Dallas, however, called for a ``Not a Penny'' boycott of businesses, according to the Web site. Rally organizer Jesse Diaz didn't return calls.

    The national coalition is encouraging workers to attend the rallies, although Ruiz said, ``We expect them to ask for permission.''

    Washington, New York

    Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat-processor, and Overstock.com, a seller of excess brand-name merchandise, said employees must get permission for personal time off if they want to attend the demonstrations during working hours.

    ``As always, approvals have been granted on a first-come- first-serve basis, and we accommodate as many requests as we possibly can without jeopardizing operations,'' Overstock.com said in a release.

    Tyson, meanwhile, said some of its plants will be closed tomorrow because of a combination of factors, including the rallies and market conditions, according to company spokesman Gary Mickelson.

    In Washington, 200,000 are expected to gather at the Washington Monument at 4 p.m., said Ruiz, adding 600 taxis will be taken off the D.C. streets and parked at the rally.

    In New York City, organizers plan three marches ending at a rally in City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. One march is to start at 2 p.m. in Greenwich Village at Washington Square Park and proceed down Broadway, while another is to come across the Brooklyn Bridge starting at 3 p.m., according to a schedule posted on the Web site www.April10.org.

    ``They have the permit for City Hall, they don't have a permit for any marches,'' said Detective John Sweeney, a police spokesman, adding a ``large crowd'' was expected at the rally, but the city had no specific estimates. Voice messages left Sunday for New York City organizers listed on the April10.org Web site were not answered.

    Jennifer Falk, a spokeswoman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said he would probably respond to questions about the planned event during a question-and-answer session with reporters late Monday morning. The mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

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    U.S. House Immigration Bill Rallies May Draw 2 Mln Nationwide
    April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Two million people are expected to attend one of 136 rallies tomorrow to show support for the U.S. Hispanic community, which is protesting an immigration reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, organizers said.

    The demonstrations, which started today in Dallas-Fort Worth where more than 100,000 were expected to gather, will culminate Monday in ``The National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice.'' The largest rallies are expected in New York and Washington, and 20 events are scheduled in California alone.

    ``We just want to show our power,'' said Juan Carlos Ruiz, general coordinator for the National Capital Immigration Coalition, in a phone interview from Washington. ``Latinos are known for being late and they say we cannot work together. We needed to show Congress we could organize ourselves.''

    The coalition, representing immigrant, labor, faith, civil rights and business groups, opposes House Bill 4437 that focuses on border security and backs the construction of 700 miles of border fencing, without making provisions for guest workers or undocumented immigrants.

    Congress recessed for a two-week holiday break before voting on a Senate compromise to provide a guest-worker program by creating 325,000 visas for unskilled workers. It also proposed procedures for undocumented immigrants in the country for more than two years to gain legal status and eventual citizenship.

    No Boycotts

    ``Our goal is to stop anti-immigrant legislation from becoming law and to pass real comprehensive immigration reform that provides a clear path to citizenship, unites families and ensures workplace and civil rights protections for all,'' the coalition said on its Web site.

    The rallies originally were scheduled in 10 cities for tomorrow. As word spread, new events were added to the schedule, Ruiz said.

    ``We are not calling for boycotts or any other actions,'' said Ruiz, a native of Peru who said he has political asylum in the U.S. ``Right now, it's enough that people come to rally and show they are disappointed in Congress about the House bill.''

    Rally organizers in Dallas, however, called for a ``Not a Penny'' boycott of businesses, according to the Web site. Rally organizer Jesse Diaz didn't return calls.

    The national coalition is encouraging workers to attend the rallies, although Ruiz said, ``We expect them to ask for permission.''

    Washington, New York

    Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat-processor, and Overstock.com, a seller of excess brand-name merchandise, said employees must get permission for personal time off if they want to attend the demonstrations during working hours.

    ``As always, approvals have been granted on a first-come- first-serve basis, and we accommodate as many requests as we possibly can without jeopardizing operations,'' Overstock.com said in a release.

    Tyson, meanwhile, said some of its plants will be closed tomorrow because of a combination of factors, including the rallies and market conditions, according to company spokesman Gary Mickelson.

    In Washington, 200,000 are expected to gather at the Washington Monument at 4 p.m., said Ruiz, adding 600 taxis will be taken off the D.C. streets and parked at the rally.

    In New York City, organizers plan three marches ending at a rally in City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. One march is to start at 2 p.m. in Greenwich Village at Washington Square Park and proceed down Broadway, while another is to come across the Brooklyn Bridge starting at 3 p.m., according to a schedule posted on the Web site www.April10.org.

    ``They have the permit for City Hall, they don't have a permit for any marches,'' said Detective John Sweeney, a police spokesman, adding a ``large crowd'' was expected at the rally, but the city had no specific estimates. Voice messages left Sunday for New York City organizers listed on the April10.org Web site were not answered.

    Jennifer Falk, a spokeswoman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said he would probably respond to questions about the planned event during a question-and-answer session with reporters late Monday morning. The mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

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  4. #4
    Thats it, keep demonstrating untill the amnesty is complete.

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    There is a very impressive demonstration going on in Dallas today. They are estimating that approximately 150,000 people showed up. Sen. Specter was on FNS this morning and he stated that the immigration bill would make a quick comeback in the Senate. He also stated that there would be a political price to pay if nothing is done on immigration.

    From what I heard on the news yesterday, Democratic stategists are licking their chops. They want the bill to die so they can use it against the Republicans in November. Also, they feel that the protests and all the media coverage will be to their advantage.

    I expect the Republicans to make an attempt to revive the bill in the Senate, but to meet the same delay tactics from the Democrats.

    Things are going to be interesting in the Senate. Remember, there are less than 60 working days left in the Senate session this year before they adjorn in early Ocotber and we can expect a lot of the Senators to be MIA for the rest of the year because of the elections.

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    Michael
    Guest
    Keep waiving those Mexican flags and p i s s off people and see what happens

  8. #8
    According to local police dept, number raised to 500,000



    ---------------------------------
    There is a very impressive demonstration going on in Dallas today. They are estimating that approximately 150,000 people showed up. Sen. Specter was on FNS this morning and he stated that the immigration bill would make a quick comeback in the Senate. He also stated that there would be a political price to pay if nothing is done on immigration.

    From what I heard on the news yesterday, Democratic stategists are licking their chops. They want the bill to die so they can use it against the Republicans in November. Also, they feel that the protests and all the media coverage will be to their advantage.

    I expect the Republicans to make an attempt to revive the bill in the Senate, but to meet the same delay tactics from the Democrats.

    Things are going to be interesting in the Senate. Remember, there are less than 60 working days left in the Senate session this year before they adjorn in early Ocotber and we can expect a lot of the Senators to be MIA for the rest of the year because of the elections.

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    Ive also heard senator specter on fox news saying they will revive immigraion as soon as they get back from the recess, so expect the senate to pick this up right away. Frist didnt give a definit answer on whether they will take it back immidiately, but expect many republicans + the president to pressure him into sending it back to the senate and not wait for a week or month.

    One thing that the republicans needs to do, specially president bush and moderate like mccain , is to somehow, try to break the back of the extremist conservatives in the party..I dont know how they will do that, but if they can get kyl to get on board and stop trying to kill the bill wih all his ridiculous amendments, it would be great.

    What kyl is doing is putting amendments like " eliminate misdemeanor etc etc, so it would be tough for anyone to vote against.

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    It's also very interesting and sometimes very depressing to watch how certain politicians talk in circles with no particular point to be addressed. Maybe they just want to delay, obstruct or otherwise hinder the process, but perhaps there's a possibility that they're using their time in front of the mic only to get some exposure on the media that will enable them to say "hey, I was there, I did what I could... "...

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