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Monday, May 01, 2006

Immigrants Rally in San Francisco (En/Sp... oops, I meant Fr)

This Photograph Property of the Chronicle

Thousands of people came to march down Market Street, San Francisco, as they did in many other cities across the country today, to observe the nationwide rally over immigration rights and get their voice heard. Many of the signs were in English, this time, and most of the people looking at the demonstration appeared to be far more receptive to the immigrants' message than they had been during the protests held a few weeks ago, when most of the signs and messages were mostly all in Spanish.

Des milliers de gens sont venus marcher sur Market Street, San Francisco, comme ils l'ont fait dans beaucoup de villes à travers le pays aujourd'hui, pour observer un ralliement national et faire entendre leur voix sur les droit des immigrants. Cette fois-ci, les panneaux en Anglais étaient tres nombreux, et les gens qui regardaient passer les manifestants avaient l'air beaucoup plus ouverts au message qu'il ne l'avaient été pendant les manifestations d'il y a quelques semaines, tout en Espagnol.

Even the police appeared to be in good mood, and the weather was perfectly nice, maybe even a little too hot. But nobody was complaining about that and people were dressed appropriately, most of them wearing a white T-shirt with the US Flag on it saying "Unidos Nos Quedamos" (We stay together?). See, I'm learning!

Meme la police avait l'air décontractée, et le beau temps était au rendez-vous, il faisait d'ailleurs meme un peu trop chaud. Mais personne n'avait l'air de se plaindre, d'ailleurs les gens avaient prévu pour et s'étaient vétus légerement, la plupart portant un T-shirt blanc avec un drapeau Americain qui disait "Unidos Nos Quedamos" (Nous restons ensemble?). Vous voyez, j'apprends!

This Photograph Property of the Chronicle

For additional pictures, please go to the article in the Chronicle, and for videos, please see the local KPIX/Channel 5 website.

Pour voir des photos supplémentaires, voir l'article du Chroniclen (en Anglais), et quelques videos sur le site de KPIX/Channel 5.

San Francisco May 1 Immigration Rally
Video sent by TomateFarcie

Additional pictures will be posted in a few days to my Flickr account. I will link right here, on the words of this sentence. Have a good week, everybody!

Il y aura quelques photos supplémentaires dans quelques jours sur mon compte Flickr. Je mettrai un lien ici, sur cette phrase. Bonne semaine, tout le monde!

UPDATE: See the new articles and links in the Chronicle here with an updated unbelievable photograph gallery.

MISE A JOUR: Voyez les nouveaux articles et liens du Chronicle par ici avec une gallerie de nouvelles photos incroyables.


Blogger Voix said...

That is so great -- I'm glad the crowds were receptive. Nice post.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Jeannot said...

"Unidos Nos Quedamos": Could it be the Spanish version of "United we stand"?

Nice blog - Thanks!

11:11 PM  
Blogger julie70 said...

Merci, c'est intéressant!
En quoi consiste la nouvelle lois qu'on veut faire passer?

7:52 AM  
Anonymous sandrine said...

Ici a DC il n'y a pas eu autant de mobilisation me semble -t-il!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous NoComment said...

I agree, it's great. The pictures are very nice. Glad to see the sun is back...

8:13 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Michele: It was hard not to be receptive no matter how you feel on the issue. The sheer number of these people marching down peacefully with their kids while holding American flags, for the most part, was really impressive. And the sun really just came out in San Francisco only a few days ago, so everybody was in an even better mood because of that, too.

Jeannot: I don't know, but that was certainly part of the message.

Julie: Il y a énormement de travailleurs (surtout Mexicans) sans papiers aux US. Le chiffre dans le journal ce matin de sans-papiers est de 10 million à travers les USA. Les gens qui marchaient avaient des panneaux qui demandaient l'amnistie (le droit de rester aux US légalement), et ils protestaient un projet de loi qui vient juste de passer pour essayer de ralentir ce mouvement d'immigration. D'ailleurs, voici article du Monde qui explique en Français la situation avec un peu plus de détail.

Sandrine: Je ne sais pas, mais les media ont l'air de dire ce matin que c'est dans l'Ouest qu'on a vu le plus de monde.

NoComment: Yes the sun is back. Take what you can get, I guess :)

9:10 AM  
Anonymous NoComment said...

"Je ne sais pas, mais les media ont l'air de dire ce matin que c'est dans l'Ouest qu'on a vu le plus de monde."... Ouais, je dirais que de la ou je suis, le bilan a ete plutot mitige... A San Diego qui est supposee etre l'une des villes les plus exposees au probleme, la mobilisation (ou l'impact) n'a pas ete majeure du tout: San Diego Union Tribune (Border protest blocks lanes, but overall local impact pales).


10:27 AM  
Blogger Jean-Philippe said...

This morning quite a lot of bad reactions from my United-States collegues, weird, at a certain point they were all immigrants ...

10:42 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

No Comment: Regarde par ici aussi (Los Angeles: 400,000 people, San Francisco only 30,000 but San Jose - grande banlieue de SF - avec 100,000 personnes ...) San Diego is a little town, but LA's numbers speak volumes.

Jean-Philipe: I know. I had an interesting reaction at work, too, from a hispanic co-worker, who dissed me yesterday for not wearing a white T-shirt in support. Yet, she didn't even go near the protest, not even for 5 minutes during her lunch hour to show them some support. ???

Other co-workers(anglos) are willing to acknowledge that they would not be caught dead doing the jobs these immigrants perform, but they don't want to see them invade the country either. It's a complex issue, and I, as usual stand somewhere in the middle...

I don't try to participate in that kind of debate anymore with co-workers because I know from experience that no matter how I feel about an issue, if I push my luck a little too much - by merely stating an opinion contrary or just different from theirs, the "why don't you go back to France" is never too far behind, as would undoubtedly be my "why don't you kiss my Froggy-ass" ...

11:57 AM  
Anonymous NoComment said...

San Diego is a little town?! Hahahahahahaha. Anyway, I just wanted to give a different point of view, this is what we do in a debate. Plus, I don't invent facts and I'm not reporting my point of view, just some facts reported by the San Diego Union Tribune (usually liberal). Next time I should refrain from saying things if it provides contradiction... But I can't help it, I like to contradict. By the way, San Diego shares a border with Mexico, it's considered by the administration as one of the two strategic cities when it comes to dealing with those immigration issues. And (according to Wikipedia): "It is the second largest city in California and the seventh largest in the United States." Anyway, as I said in a more consensual way: "it's great! and the pictures are nice!" Let's just stop there. Let's make peace... ;-)

1:56 PM  
Anonymous NoComment said...

By the way, this "day without immigrant" wasn't really successful in my company. I didn't participate and nobody in my company did. Just making the point that everybody has been using the word "immigrant" a bit loosely recently. It's like asking someone: "may I have the food?" when you're actually designating the bread.

Am I launching a new debate? Come on people, you can insult me now... ;-)

2:05 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

OK, so I made a mistake and San Diego is not exactly a "small town" but I still don't see it on the map as important as Los Angeles or other cities in that regard, regardless of its position on the border.

Next time I should refrain from saying things if it provides contradiction...

Why do you say that? Relax, nobody said anything! We're just chatting, that's all! You know very well from the comments I left on your blog previously that you and I don't agree 100% on everything, and that's OK, too. Relax and feel free to disagree as much as you want, here, no hard feelings on my end, OK? :-D

3:05 PM  
Blogger brigetoun said...

bon sang que j'aimerais voir la même chose en France pour la loi en discussion, je sais bien que "les troupes sont fatiguéesé mais j'ai un peu peur que ce ne soit pas la seule raison

6:25 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

"13" commentaires? Zut alors! Faut en rajouter un tout de suite!

Brigetoun: Moi aussi ça me fait toujours plaisir de voir les gens descendre dans la rue quand ils ont quelque chose à dire, surtout quand ils le font en paix et dans la bonne humeur, comme c'était le cas Lundi (que je sois d'accord ou non avec leur revendications n'a rien à voir avec, d'ailleurs). Le lendemain, ils sont tous retournés bosser, mais peut-être avec un peu plus d'espoir et de satisfaction d'avoir au moins essayé de faire passer le message.

No Comment: Like I said, I keep getting San Diego and San Luis Obispo confused in my mind, don't know why. My bad. Well, it's not the first time I make a mistake and it certainly won't be the last, but what I really wanted to say to you is ... just chill, man! This is a friendly blog (I hope); that means feel free to disagree if you want, I certainly don't have a problem with that, and I don't offend very easily, so don't worry and just relax, OK :-)

Also, I live the commenting section open and non-moderated on purpose so people can feel free to say what they want, weather or not they have all the facts. If someone decides to post "I have 6 toes" I'm ok with that, too. Well, you know, within limits.

Remember, guys, this blog is just for fun and to link people together if they feel like it.

Talk to you all very soon.

7:31 PM  
Anonymous NoComment said...

NoProblem. ;-)

8:19 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Les typos bien sur, c'est en plus! Grrrr!! I meant to say "I 'leave' the commenting section open" and of course I didn't mean to talk about the weather this time ... Arrghh! More typos and mistakes to come, I'm sure... (rolling eyes)

9:26 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Wow, I go away for a week and you get into the good stuff again! ;-) Glad to see your readers being feisty.

10:24 AM  

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