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Were you part of the biggest protest California has ever seen?

Half a million people marched through the streets of Los Angeles 10 years ago demanding rights and respect for immigrants. Were you one of them?

In a massive display of force in numbers, roughly half a million immigrants and their supporters took to the streets of Los Angeles 10 years ago decrying federal bills that would criminalize providing food or medical services to undocumented immigrants and build a wall along the U.S.' southern border. The demonstrations far surpassed the numbers that turned out against the Vietnam War, and California hasn't seen anything like it since then.

Were you one of those protesting? Do you know someone who was? We're interested in your memories of the experience, particularly if you were part of the student movement.

Forty thousand teenagers walked out of class on March 28, 2006 — organizing via then emerging technologies such as MySpace, instant messages and mass email. A month later, many of them also joined a nationwide “Day Without Immigrants," where workers and their families on May Day boycotted jobs and businesses, dressed in white and hoisted signs declaring "Ahora marchamos, mañana votamos!" or "Today we march, tomorrow we vote!"

Tomorrow is now. Please consider sharing your story by texting the word MARCH to 213.296.0214 or filling out the form below. A journalist may contact you with follow up questions. 

daniela.gerson@latimes.com

Twitter: @dhgerson

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