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Marching for Immigrant Rights

By Alicia Dorr in News on Mar 9, 2006 10:57PM

Just so you know, there's going to be a big rally in Chicago tomorrow—and it's not about the war. In a relatively under-reported effort for its expected size, people will be taking to the streets for the March for Immigrant Rights.

Mark Brown's column in today's Sun-Times put an estimate of expected attendance at 10,000, with Latino, Irish and Polish groups being just some of the people expected to march. Hearsay and blather on the streets and in alleyways estimate it at a lot more, but maybe it's sort of like that time when thousands of people shut down Lake Shore Drive and the official estimate had it as, like, 20 hippies and some drums.

unity.jpgThe protest, which will start off at noon from Union Park and Ashland and make its way to rally at 2 p.m. at Federal Plaza, is an effort to draw attention to the need for immigration reform. The idea is to put the issue out as a multi-ethnic matter, not just having to do with any one ethnicity, such as Mexican immigrants. So, if you didn't already know about the rally, now if you look out a window and see a ridiculous amount of people in the streets you won't just think it's some early drunken St. Patrick's Day parade.

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