Remembering the Times: March 2006

2006.jpgEMILIO FLORES / LA OPINIÓN

…was doing some reading 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.

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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.

J.T.

 

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