View Full Version : San Diego high school students protest immigration bill, schools canceled ESCALATION!

04-02-2006, 05:04 AM
Very revolutionary, Schools in the san diego area have been shut down on Friday because fear of riotting and mobs from the protestors, cops have been arresting free speech activists left and right, here is a story on it..

Two Roosevelt Middle School students, whose identities were unavailable, were arrested yesterday by San Diego City Schools Police officers. Most of the protesters who were held for loitering or resisting or obstructing arrest were released to their parents.

Jimmy Diaz, 16, waved a Mexican flag above hundreds of students who gathered yesterday in Chicano Park in Barrio Logan. Students walked out of classes for the second day to protest proposed changes to immigration law.

Escondido police stand watch as hundreds of students stream into Grape Park, en route to City Hall, in protest of proposed federal immigration legislation.


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The protests over proposed changes to federal immigration policies that have struck all week have many educators and parents around San Diego County worried the situation may escalate today, the 79th birthday of the late labor leader Cesar Chavez.

Demonstrations remained contentious yesterday, but drew dramatically fewer students than in the past few days.

Up to 400 students walked out of classes in San Diego. More than 30 of them were handcuffed and arrested, mostly for loitering violations that came with fines of as much as $200. Some were as young as 11 and in tears, others were full of pride and undaunted by their brush with the law.

The Vista school district will close its campuses for the day out of concerns that protests could turn violent. And Oceanside middle and high schools remain closed for the second day in that district's attempt to calm racial tensions.

The San Diego school district continues to urge parents to keep their children in classes and has promised to make its 2,000 central office employees available to any campus that wants additional supervision.

“I call upon all responsible adults in the community to stand with us as we work to provide a safe school environment for all our students,” Superintendent Carl Cohn said in a letter to parents.

A coalition of community leaders and faith-based organizations also appealed to students across the county to remain in school for their safety and also to avoid undermining their efforts in their fight for immigration reform.

They asked students to instead bombard senators with e-mails, hold rallies after school hours, and concentrate on an April 9th protest at Balboa Park.

“We want their energy, but it's time to move to the next level,” said Guadalupe Corona of the Latino Unity Coalition during a gathering at Chicano Perk Café y Cultura in National City.

Elsewhere in the state, the majority of student protesters returned to school yesterday after having participated in a kind of activism that, until now, had been foreign to their generation.

The demonstrations sweeping the state and nation are happening as Congress debates immigration policy changes. One bill passed by the House in December would make it a felony to be in this country illegally.

Some believe the protests were prompted by last weekend's pro-immigrant march in Los Angeles, which drew more than half a million people. Others credit the new HBO film “Walkout,” which re-creates the student protests of the 1960s. Students, for their part, have also been posting walkout signs on the popular web site www.myspace.com.

San Diego State University sociologist Jill Esbenshade said the unprecedented show of activism in a largely apathetic society underscores how volatile issues of immigration are in this country.

“Most of these students were born in the U.S. and have a legal right to be here,” she said. “These bills are not a legal attack on them, but they see it that way because they do contain a bit of the anti-immigration sentiment.”

Parents who missed work yesterday to retrieve their children at schools and the police station were torn between pride for their children and concern for their safety.

“My daughter is expressing her rights as a citizen and I'm proud of her. But she needs to be in school,” said Lucila Aguilar, who had to leave her job at Sea World to pick her daughter up after she was arrested for leaving Memorial Academy of Learning and Technology.

Police greeted students yesterday morning with a paddy wagon parked outside Memorial. Most students ultimately backed away from officers but refused repeated requests to return to class. When Memorial principal Robert Gallardo tried to calm the crowd with a megaphone, he was booed and peppered with shouts of profanity.

Cohn arrived in a police car mid-morning to offer help to Memorial's staff. The day was never salvaged and parents were called to pick up their children.

Greg Fernandez, who teaches computer technology at Memorial, said the week's protests are supposed to build up to a “big day” today.

“This has all been to get ready for Friday,” said Fernandez, who said he had been following students along their protest routes to ensure their safety.

Word of similar events brewing prompted the Vista Unified School District to close schools for its 24,000 students. Interim Superintendent Darrel Taylor said fliers were in distribution promoting a demonstration today and that police worried students might bring weapons.

School closures appeared to be effective in Oceanside. Following two days of heavy protesting by students, the streets were clear of organized protesters yesterday, Oceanside Sgt. Leonard Mata said.

Oceanside Superintendent Ken Noonan said when schools reopen on Monday teachers will be asked to have a class discussion on the issues.

Consequences for leaving school throughout the county to protest will be meted out on an individual basis ranging from sending students to school on Saturday to make up the class time to possible expulsions for students who threw objects at law enforcement.

Because school funding from the state is based on attendance, Oceanside district officials are applying for a waiver to recoup the losses, which amount so far to about $900,000. If that's not granted, additional days may be tacked on to the end of the school year.

Many schools have worked to avoid the kind of protests that disrupted classes elsewhere. Others are planning educational events around these issues.

At Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley, about 50 students stood along Sweetwater Boulevard after school let out and held up Mexican flags and signs reading, “Mount Miguel Youth for Peace & Justice.”

Granger Junior High School in National City and Chula Vista High School are both planning to hold peaceful marches after school today.

Some teachers have used the controversy as a subject for student essays. A writing prompt circulated throughout the Sweetwater Union High School District suggests writing a letter to U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.

This “teachable moment” will likely continue.

Pro-immigrant organizations from across the county and beyond are putting together a “megamarcha” next weekend that will start in Balboa Park and end at the County Administration Building. Jesse Díaz, who helped coordinate last weekend's massive pro-immigrant march in Los Angeles, is among the organizers.

04-02-2006, 05:21 AM
They asked students to instead bombard senators with e-mails, hold rallies after school hours, and concentrate on an April 9th protest at Balboa Park.

“We want their energy, but it's time to move to the next level,” said Guadalupe Corona of the Latino Unity Coalition during a gathering at Chicano Perk Café y Cultura in National City. I think this women had the right idea.

I'm proud of what these kids are doing. Funny though how the cops are there to make sure that no one gets hurt, but the only ones there that would hurt anyone is the cops. Society is so fuckin twisted these days.

MaXiMus Da MaNtis
04-02-2006, 12:38 PM
the voice isnt heard so action must be takin........

the goverment doesnt want to see there ancestors were immagrints at one time....

plus they our the only ones who take the jobs nobody wants they work pay taxes and dont claim payback which in turn benifets the goverment .....