Demonstration

The massive immigrant-rights protests of 2006 are still changing politics

The massive immigrant-rights protests of 2006 are still changing politics

Ten years ago, on March 10, 2006, more than 100,000 protesters flooded Chicago's downtown Loop. As the Chicago Tribune reported, "Urgent chants of 'Si, se puede,' or 'Yes, you can,' echoed off the walls of downtown skyscrapers" as the largely Latino crowd formed one of the largest demonstrations for immigrant rights in United States history.

That was just the beginning. Motivated by the prospect of the U.S. Senate passing the so-called Sensenbrenner bill — which, among other provisions, would have criminalized assistance to immigrants in the country illegally who were seeking food, housing or medical services — demonstrations cropped up in more than 140...

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