Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Historic Photos: Between Half-million and a Million Protesters March against Immigrant Law in Los Angeles

Thanks to my colleague, Octavio Pimentel, I've got some great pictures here on the march in Los Angeles.
If you got to this link, you'll see that the number of marchers in L.A. could have been as high as a million. These pictures make this higher estimate credible. Click the photo for higher resolution. -Angela


  1. I loved these pictures. You see and hear the numbers that were out marching but until you see it with your very own eyes, you can not believe the lengths people went through in order to have their voices heard. It is inspiring and a moment in history that I will never forget. Though motivating, it is a shame that people had to walkout and protest to bring attention to the injustices that exist in this country. I wonder why a country so dependent on "illegal immigrants" would propose such unrighteous bill. Immigrants are not insects that this country can exterminate at will. These are people and the bills will affect millions of lives. Despite the fact that undocumented immigrants are breaking the law, I would just like to add that no person is illegal. If this were so, than people that ran red lights or teenagers that drink while under age are all illegals because they are breaking the law.

  2. The pictures are incredible, not only because of the sight of these masses, but the purpose behind the people who walk arm in arm for a beautiful cause. The roar of humanity continues to contest the issue at hand and should remind us all that this nation has been predominantly built by immigrants, for immigrants and of immigrants. To forcefully pressure immigrants to leave this country should render people to remember their own ancestors and their journey towards a better life for themselves and their families for generations to come. I am proud to see many people passionate about standing up for what they believe in, it has been an inspiration that has spread across the nation and touched many individuals including myself.

  3. I think that the pictures are definitely interesting but the picture of Governor Schwarzenegger dressed as a Nazi is going too far. What kind of message does that send to the rest of the American public? References to the Holocaust, German Nazism, and Hitler are just too strong of references to be used in this situation. I think that by comparing him to Hitler can only leave a bad taste in the rest of the country's mouth, or at the very least other people who do not understand or support the immigrant's views. This will only make "racist white America" (I believe this is what another sign read) feel that they are justified in their thinking. A more positive patriotic message should be sent and not one of racism. If that is how some white Americans feel, which is probably true, let them feel that way, but let's not lower ourselves to that level.
    One last thing, waving the Mexican flag is not the right kind of message either. If they want so desperately to be American citizens, then only wave the US flag.

  4. If they want to live in the US why the fuck they wave a Mexican Flag?
    These is the kind of people I really hate: poor and ignorants which only use fallacious logics. They're NOT native. They are a mix of white people and native americans, but they speak SPANISH, they write in LATIN LETTERS, they believe in CHRISTIANISM. They're no more aztecs or whatever they think they are.
    And....seriously....they really think the land taken by the US after a WAR belonged to them? They're pretty ridicolous because California, Nevada, Arizona and Texas were NOT part of Mexico or an aztec kingdom before the spanish conquer. For me they were, are and will be always a mix.

  5. For colonizers, we will never be native. That's the essence of colonization--to forever make us seem and feel like foreigners on our native land. Our ancestors never left the continent. And the Aztec/Mexica people exist in abundance and are able to navigate within and across indigenous and Christian ways of knowing that may sound foreign or strange but is in fact a lived reality and hardly as simplistic as you make it seem to be. Nahuatl, the language of the Mexica, is spoken today as among the most widely-spoken indigenous tongues today. As mestizos and mestizas today for so many of us, including myself, we carry more indigenous blood than any other. Yes, there is mixture, but historically, it is as much or more within native people than between native people and European-origin or others. This is not political hyperbole, but genetic and historical fact.