Si se puede!

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Wow, two protests in Nashville in as many weeks? Ah, the sweet smell of progress and protest. Thousands of people took to the streets tonight in a march from the Coliseum across the river to Legislative Plaza, sponsored by the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. They were marching to protest some of the more idiotic and draconian immigration legislation currently in draft form — for example the bill that proposes to make the lack of legal immigration status a felony.

The turnout was amazing — I am not any good with headcounts, but thousands of people showed up and marched, filling up legislative plaza and piling up all the way back to 4th or 5th. Various speakers took the stage to address the roaring crowd. They also closed the capitol again — same as they did during the ADAPT protests. How long before we hear complaints about how the protests were not productive because they “had” to close the capitol?

But opponents of the legislation weren’t the only ones to show up. What would a rally for a progressive cause be without a bunch of yokels? There were 5 or 6 counter-protesters over by the capitol, including some amusing demonstrations of ignorance. There was this guy:

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He was being accosted by a very drunk and very crazy guy ranting about the “damn wetbacks”. This was pretty much the same as the stuff the other protestors next to him were saying, but the guy with the sign nonetheless was clearly very uncomfortable. Perhaps he was starting to wonder if he was really on the right side of this debate. Then there were these folks:

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No commentary necessary. Unfortunately I was out of battery life, so I didn’t get a picture of the lady screaming “GO HOME” at the top of her lungs.

There are more pictures here — unfortunately I appear to be the world’s worst photographer.

4 Comments so far

  1. (unregistered) on March 30th, 2006 @ 8:01 am

    great picture
    I don’t want to learn spanish!
    Do Tennessee public schools have a foreign language requirement?


  2. Lesley (unregistered) on March 30th, 2006 @ 8:18 am

    Oh, what a sweet smile on that lady with the “Speak English or Go Home” sign. Warms my heart.


  3. Katherine Coble (unregistered) on March 30th, 2006 @ 8:33 am

    Who turns up at a rally where they are likely to be photographed in ill-fitting sweats?


  4. Eric (unregistered) on March 30th, 2006 @ 9:10 am

    Katherine, they don’t want to speak anything but English, so the word “couture” is lost on them as well.



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