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March 29, 2006

Last Night A DJ Saved My Immigrant Rights

I've seen folks on some lefty list-servs complain that the focus on these DJs takes too much credit away from the activists who worked in the trenches making this happen. Still, heck of a story:

How DJs Put 500,000 Marchers in Motion

He's one of the hottest Spanish-language radio personalities in the nation. So when Los Angeles deejay Eddie Sotelo joined hands with his radio rivals to urge listeners to turn out for a pro-immigrant rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, organizers hoped for a big turnout.

But many said Monday that they were stunned by how many responded to the call to march against federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants and penalize those who assist them.

As a result, what was initially expected to draw fewer than 20,000 ballooned into a massive march that police estimated at 500,000 and said was one of the largest demonstrations in Los Angeles' history. The march topped a wave of protests drawing hundreds of thousands of participants in cities around the nation, which organizers said influenced the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's approval Monday of legislation that includes legalization for undocumented immigrants...

Posted by jsmooth995 at March 29, 2006 1:15 AM

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