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Saturday, May 01, 2010

May Day March in Wichita

By 史蒂夫 奥托

This year’s May Day march, in Wichita, Kansas, brought out several hundred people, most of them responding to Arizona's new illegal immigration law.
According to the local TV station KAKE:

“Demonstrators are turning out at rallies across the country today to call for federal immigration reform and vent their anger at a controversial new Arizona law.
The law requires local Arizona law officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.
An organizer of one rally in New York City says anger over the Arizona law is what brought more than 5,000 people to Manhattan's Foley Square. Others say that same anger could draw tens of thousands to rallies in dozens of cities.”

The crowd marched from 23rd and Broadway to the Sedgwick County Courthouse down town. A rally was held in the parking lot of the courthouse and speakers included Rep. Delia Garcia, of the Kansas House of Representatives.
Another speaker was Diane Wahto, of the Peace and Social Justice Center Of South Central Kansas:

“No border can strip people of their human dignity,” she said. “Social Justice dictates that no member of the human race is illegal.”

The March was sponsored by Sunflower Community Action,United Methodist Church, Hispanic Ministries,and Kansas West Conference. Other local groups that participated included Democratic Socialist of America and the Peace and Social Justice Center Of South Central Kansas.

Pictures by សតិវ អតុ

Rep. Delia Garcia speaks here.

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