May 022006

Supporters of immigrants’ rights held demonstrations across the nation yesterday as part of a day of action to demand fair treatment. Many are opposed to border security legislation that passed the House of Representatives that would make it a felony to be in the country illegally.

Over three hundred people turned out at a rally in Charlottesville Monday night to show their support. They sang songs, lined Preston Avenue, and heard comments from Tim Freilich, the managing attorney of the Virginia Justice Center for Farm and Immigrant Workers.

This podcast is an expansion of a report produced for WVTF Public Radio, and features some of the songs and Freilich’s comments. We also spoke with one of the people who participated in the rally.

The Daily Progress has coverage of the event from Sarah Barry. We’ll update this page with other links as we can find them. We’d like to know what you think as well. Please leave a comment below. Bill Emory has a nice picture of a painting that was displayed on the steps of the Albemarle County Executive Office Building. Waldo has a post on it, and mentions that Nell Boeschenstein of C-Ville Weekly wrote about it as well.

  One Response to “Area Hispanic immigrants rally in Charlottesville”

  1. Wow — this is really great sound! I missed the rally, but this made me feel like I didn’t. I loved hearing the speech in Spanish, too.

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