Though Washington is consumed with health care reform, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered at the National Mall today to rally for new immigration laws. Here are some photos from Associated Press.
The New York Immigration Coalition’s Executive Director, Chung-Wha Hong, said in prepared remarks, “We are almost at the end of our rally. Now the real work begins.”
“To Senators Graham and Schumer, we say thank you for your leadership; to the rest of Congress, we say join them to get legislation done. To President Obama, we say you must lead. We know your vision is grand enough to include an immigration system our nation can be proud of. Take the momentum we’ve generated today and use it to turn your promise into reality.”
The NYT’s Julia Preston looks at the toned-down expectations for the rally here.
Just heard about a change of venue for tonight’s NYCLU immigration forum, originally set for the Greenburgh Public Library and now relocated to White Plains High School. (Scroll down for the info.)
Have a listen here to Grupo Ujyuna, some of the hidden talent in Port Chester. The Bolivian music ensemble is playing at the Arts Exchange in White Plains on Saturday night (March 13).
Introducing Jerry Riveros, a 23-year-old Bolivian immigrant.
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Jerry described playing the pan pipes as “a conversation” with other musicians. In the video he’s playing with Marin Riveros, Sergio Jimenez and Alvaro Riveros. He said he didn’t appreciate Bolivian music until after he came to the United States. “When I came here, something happened,” he said. “I was missing my country. I think that’s why.”
ArtsWestchester is showcasing the folkloric traditions of local immigrants in its Taste of Latino Culture series. Grupo Ujyuna will be accompanied by Incallajta New York, a Bolivian dance group from Queens. On April 17 the series continues with a Peruvian performance, including tijeras dance and Andean harp and violin. And on May 1, there’s Guatemalan dance, marimba music and art.
The show starts tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.at 31 Mamaroneck Ave. You can find out more at ArtsWestchester’s web site or by calling (914) 428-4220 ext. 223.
If it’s true that “everything there is to say about health care has been said and just about everybody has said it,” here’s a change of topic: A forum on immigration reform this month at a local library.
The Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union and other organizations are planning a discussion at 7 p.m. March 16 at the Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road in Elmsford.
The meeting is changed to WHITE PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL,
550 NORTH ST.
WHITE PLAINS, NY 10605
Room B-1 can be accessed from North St. After Bryant Ave, there’s a left lane turn at a traffic light on North St. Make the left and proceed straight. The entrance to B-1 is on the left and parking is on the right.
Participating are the Hudson Valley Community Coalition, WESPAC Foundation, Westchester Hispanic Coalition, El Centro Hispano, Hispanic Resource Center, WestCOP, Organization of Chinese Americans, and the LOFT.