Remembering the Times: March 2006


I was doing some reading earlier when I suddenly realized that it’s been just a little over ten years since the historic march against House Resolution 4437, which was a bill that sought to make undocumented immigrants into felons for lacking citizenship, as well as to criminalize organizations that offered assistance to them, including clinics, churches, and other non-profit organizations.

I was fifteen years old in 2006, and I walked out of school with my peers to march alongside other students and workers across Los Angeles and the country in solidarity with immigrant families. Schools were on lock-down all across the city, but the voices of the students would not be repressed. The walk-outs culminated on Saturday, March 25, 2006, when an estimated 500,000 to 1 million people stormed the streets of downtown L.A. to protest.


What a marvelous time it was to be a teenager! The massive, nationwide marches pressured legislators to withdraw H.R. 4437, and created momentum that would last over the next few years for pro-immigrant organizers and their allies.

More than anything though, the marches would inspire a generation of new leaders, who saw how the power of their pueblo was truly a formidable force when united; students linked arms with their parents, workers with allies, and so much more.

Today, Jimbo Times still owes its philosophy to a chant I first heard when marching with the people on the streets of downtown L.A: El pueblo unido, jamas sera vencido!

The people united will never be divided.



Author: J.T.

I'm a writer, editor, and photographer with a passion for community development in Los Angeles. While my editing work covers a range of different subjects, my writing focuses primarily on social welfare in the city, including education at L.A.'s public middle and high schools, public transportation planning and efficacy, housing and small business policy, as well as voting turnout for local elections and policy. My photography is similarly city-based, focusing mostly on what makes Los Angeles home to so many working-class people from all across the U.S.A. and throughout the world. Enjoy.

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