There is no doubt that the demonstrations held before the passage of the Senate bill helped generate publicity for the cause. Some have also argued that the more radical displays of solidarity have somewhat hurt the cause. With the bill awaiting conference, are there plans to hold more demonstrations? What do the advocacy groups think about it? Is it even worth it to hold more demostrations at the risk of sending a bad message to the American public? Just wanted to get everyone's thoughts on the issue.
i believe more demostrations like the one on May 1st would be great for our cause, but so far i dont know of any being organized by any organization.
about that of demostrations hurting our cuase, well...Yes they hurt but just to an extension. The only part that hurt us in the May 1st boycott was the part of kids not going to school. But all that was created by the anti-undocumented which argued that we didnt care about the education of kids
the demostrations that truely hurt us were the ones organized by high school students that walked out of classes. getting out of school was not the bad part, but the senseless acts they did once they were on the streets, walking into the freeway? Only a moron would do that.
I second both juang and VJB2. I think there is nothign being organized so far because that would send a wrong message perhaps, at least to the people who are not paying that much attention to the issue. Why a wrong message? Well its all about timing really, the most recent development was the Senate passing their bill, which ofcourse is good. So protests would be seen as a response to that perhaps, and that is ofcourse not good. The May 1st protest and the ones following and preceding were a clear "retaliation" so to speak to the house HR.4437.
Another reason that the pro-immigrant organizations are not organizing more protests is perhaps they know somethign that we dont or are not paying attention to. In other words they can probably get more information about what exactly is going on in terms of the Senate-House conference. Or not. Just my opinion.
While we are on the topic of demonstrations, did the organizers do a good job or what! Getting so many people mobilized so fast in such an orderly matter... well wow. And notice how overwelmingly American was the "sea of flags" in the May 1st demonstration. It just amazed me how quickly the organizers and the participants reacted to the bad media coverage. Literally within a timeframe of a week or so if I remember correctly.
This reminds me of an article I read recently. Its a good article, gives you an insight at the whole immigration movement. Things like the May 1st demonstration dont happen by themselves. There are people who invest their lives to this cause.
Check it out: http://www.thenation.com/docprint.mh...60619&s=lovato
Its long, but its worth it.
Certainly true Nick. The fact that we are forgotten amongst those who willingly circumvented laws doesn't help as at all. And opponents of CIR will always consider illegal immigrants to be a singular group. We do have a way better argument, yet we are receiving by far the least amount of attention out of any group of immigrants. More DREAM attention would certainly be nice. I hope Durbin remains steadfast in his fight for DREAM if he is put on the Senate conference team.