Zoe and her mother came to the big protest march on Labor Day. Zoe is five years old. She said she likes demonstrations, and made the sign that is attached to her stroller. She explained that the sign shows “Obama sitting in a chair on TV — saying I want war to stop and make money for schools and buildings.”
The explosions of concussion grenades, pepper spray and tear gas drowned out the voices of some people who came to demonstrate. We will feature some of their voices in this column.
Ethiopian, Somali and Mexican immigrants joined the Labor Day march. They called for immigration law reform and respect for immigrants, chanting “Immigrant rights are human rights.”
Eduardo Cardenas, of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition, pointed out that many Latinos were afraid to come to the march because of the police raids during the weekend preceding the convention.
Ethiopian immigrants said they were present to ask the United States to defend human rights and stop supporting a repressive regime in their home country.
Somali immigrants also called for defense of human rights in their home country.