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3000 march for dignity and respect for immigrants in Minneapolis

By Brad Sigal |
October 7, 2013
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Minneapolis, MN - With chants of “Si se puede!” (yes we can!) and “Obama, escucha, estamos en la lucha!” (Obama, listen, we’re in the struggle!), 3000 people marched through Minneapolis for immigrant rights on Oct. 5, a national day of action for immigrant dignity and respect. This was the largest march for immigrant rights in Minneapolis in several years. The protest began at Basilica of St. Mary Church then marched through downtown Minneapolis to Hennepin County Government Plaza (also known as People’s Plaza).

Marchers carried many different banners, signs and shirts, most of which called on Congress and President Obama to take action now to legalize all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Many unions brought contingents to the march, including Service Employees International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers, UNITE HERE, International Union Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82 and others. Many Latino churches brought contingents as well. Over 20 buses also came from several smaller towns in greater Minnesota that have Latino immigrant communities.

A No More Deportations contingent marched with two banners and several signs demanding “No more deportations,” “Legalization for all,” and “No militarization of the border.”