community-based, non-corporate, participatory media

About Contact Us Policies Mailing Lists Radio Video Publish! Calendar Search

View article without comments

Pictures from Immigrants' Rights Vigil and March
by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

Pictures from yesterday's demonstration.

Pictures from Immigr...
vigil.jpg, image/jpeg, 604x453

Yesterday, Pittsburgh Friends of Immigrants held a vigil and march to support rights for immigrants, easier and fairer path to legal immigration, and amnesty for all undocumented workers already in the United States. By the time the rally at Mellon Point Park dispersed, about 150 people (correct me if I'm off, I'm not great at estimating crowd sizes) were in attendence, including many immigrants, undocumented workers, and children of immigrants. After the megaphone was opened up to anyone who wished to speak, the first was an undocumented immigrant who told the crowd through a translator that there are no jobs in Mexico, so she came here so that her children would not starve.

The march along the sidewalks was escorted by two bike cops and observed by at least two volunteers from the ACLU. There was one counter-protestor bearing a sign which read at different times, "get out of my country", "Seal the Border", and other things. Below are some pictures from the vigil, march, and rally.

Before the march
by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

Before the march...
preparing_to_march.jpg, image/jpeg, 604x453

The crowd finishes some last minute signs and prepares to march

by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

immigrants___rights_now.jpg, image/jpeg, 604x453

This is the banner that lead the march

Marching down Grant
by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

Marching down Grant...
marching.jpg, image/jpeg, 453x604

Marching across Grant
by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

Marching across Gran...
marching_2.jpg, image/jpeg, 604x453

The march pauses
by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

The march pauses...
in_front_of_county_building.jpg, image/jpeg, 604x453

The march paused in front of the building which houses city council to read the resolution put forth last Tuesday in support of immigrants' rights.

Marching with Mexican flag
by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

Marching with Mexica...
mexican_flag.jpg, image/jpeg, 604x453

There were a variety of flags including the flags of the United States, Mexico, black Anarchist flags, and the IWW.

Rally 1
by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

Rally 1...
rally_in_mellon_point_park.jpg, image/jpeg, 604x453

The rally at Mellon Point Park

Rally 2
by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

Rally 2...
rally_in_mellon_point_park_2.jpg, image/jpeg, 604x453

Several people spoke on the megaphone before it was opened up.

Rally 3
by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

Rally 3...
rally_in_mellon_point_park_3.jpg, image/jpeg, 604x453

Some painted their faces in solidarity with immigrants.

ARA contingent
by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

ARA contingent...
ara_contingent.jpg, image/jpeg, 604x453

The ARA was out for the march bearing a black banner which read "Defend the poor, deport the rich!"

by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

The IWW...
iww_presence.jpg, image/jpeg, 453x604

The IWW also had members in attendence. One member spoke at the rally, speaking out of the rights of all workers and expressing solidarity and support for the immigrant worker which the IWW has always welcomed.

HeliCOPter 1
by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

HeliCOPter 1...
helicopter_1.jpg, image/jpeg, 604x453

At least two helicopters which appeared to be police helicopter hovered above the crowd.

HeliCOPter 2
by Mike Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 4:16 PM

HeliCOPter 2...
helicopter_2.jpg, image/jpeg, 604x453

deport those illegals
by aaaa Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 8:41 PM

To bad the INS was not there, they could have arrested all those illegals and deported them all back to mexico.

They took our jobs!!!
by richard Saturday, May. 27, 2006 at 4:18 PM

Yeah great, a bunch of students are protesting for the rights of illegal immigrants. To grant amnesty to these people is a slap in the face to blue collar contractors, Americans with a GED and everyone else who is trying to get into this country from all over the world. These illegals are depressing the wages of construction jobs, hotel housekeeping jobs, utility company jobs, farming jobs and all other types of jobs that THEY say Americans won't do.

I say that we put land mines all over that border to the south see if they want to sneak across then. Ha haha

If you like produce, shut the hell up
by a guy that really likes oranges Monday, Jul. 17, 2006 at 6:09 AM

Honestly, I didn't know what side of this issues to take (I veer more to the moderate-right of the spectrum) but after I read this article I made my mind up: leave things the way they are because I'm sure as hell not picking oranges 12 hours a day in the blistering Florida heat.

Immigrant Welfare Cheat!
by 2 minuteman Monday, Apr. 02, 2007 at 6:58 PM

The worst immigrant welfare cheat in the US is none other than Mario Lemieux. I think that's what the conservatives mean when they talk about people crossing the borders looking for handouts.

by tyler Friday, Nov. 30, 2007 at 4:53 PM

ok first of all immigrants shouldnt be allowed rights because there privledged that we allow you to immigrate and live in our country, and 90% are illegal anyways so your say doesnt matter anyways and no shit your gonna want rights your illegal and dont want to be deported back to the countrys you came from because obviously they suck, and for that flag that says somtin about the poor and deport the rich thats the dumbest thing ive ever heard most of those people have worked hard to get were they are to earn there fortune you lazy bastards just wanna come over here and want every thing handed to you through welfare for god sakes go out and get a god damn job its not to hard, all and all your not getting rights and if you do thats the biggest injustice in american history

"people crossing the borders looking for handouts."
by death to imperialism Saturday, Dec. 01, 2007 at 6:42 AM

When Americans cross your borders, they aren't looking for handouts. They're looking for oil to steal and women to rape. Anyone who resists, the torture.

© 2001-2009 Pittsburgh Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not endorsed by the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center.
Disclaimer | Privacy