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3/27 Los Angeles: Thousands of Students Walk Out
Released 31 March 2006  By Don White - LA CISPES
3/27 Los Angeles: Thousands of Students Walk Out

by don white
LOS ANGELES March 27, 2006

Peaking at about 5000 students, a demonstration
Monday on the south lawn of City Hall in downtown Los
Angeles was addressed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as
the youth chanted, applauded and waved banners and
flags. His appearance from a City Hall door created a
surge of students to the steps of the building.

Earlier students poured into the City Hall lawn
after walking out of scores of local high school and
middle schools to protest the immigration legislation
now in Congress. As each student contingent enter the
area, deafening cheers greeted the newcomers.

Student protesters especially targeted the most
Draconian immigration proposal in Congress with signs
calling for NO ON 4437. There are now four proposals
before Congress including the President's and one,
supported by some labor unions, sponsored by Senators
Kennedy and McCain.

Students who "walked out" of class today probably
got a better education than if they had been sitting
in class. Speakers who touched off enthusiastic
responses included the Mayor, Lt. Governor Cruz
Bustamonte, State Sen. Richard Alarcon, City
Councilperson Eric Garcetti, legendary activist Nativo
Lopez and a series of student organizers.

School Board members, including David Tokofsky,
monitored the student-police relations and scores of
principals and teachers surrounded the area.

Sgt. Royce of LAPD told a National Lawyers Guild
legal observer at 1:30 p.m. that "there have been no
arrests, no detentions and no serious incidents."

Unbelievably the Mayor spoke to the huge throng
without a sound system and only later in the day did
the LAUSD bring in sound for the rally.

Every major television station, English and
Spanish, had crews covering the students including
some helicopter coverage.

At one point students occupied the Harbor Freeway
but were "herded" off the highway by police. While it
created a major traffic tie-up, there were no arrests.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. about 400 hundred
students took over Alvarado Street at Beverly and LAPD
moved in to escort the march rather than try to force
them onto sidewalks. They moved toward MacArthur

A school official told us at 2:00 p.m. that 1000
students were en route to City Hall from East Los
Angeles, scheduled to arrive at 4:00 p.m. or so.

School officials began bringing buses to City Hall
as early as 2:00 p.m. offering "free rides" back to
all campuses. Most students declined and some
chanted, "Hell No, We Won't Go."

As on Saturday, Mexican and U.S. flags dominated
but Central American flags were seen throughout the

The heavy turnout of public officials, school
principals and school Board members certainly helped
create a passive and non-agressive attitude by police.

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