Photos: A Day Without Immigrants in San Francisco
I did some reporting for KALW 91.7 FM yesterday about the rally in San Francisco and noticed striking differences from neighborhood to neighborhood. In Cole Valley and the Castro, both fairly middle/upper class white neighborhoods, I saw no sign of yesterday's rally; once I crossed into the diverse Mission district, it became very apparent. Every burrito shop (at least 12 within four blocks) I passed was closed, as were fabric stores, hair salons, thrift stores, a book store, a bar and two Middle Eastern restaurants.
Also, hundreds of students and a large chunk of teachers boycotted classes to go to the really. I ran into the principal of a middle school in the Mission as he was leaving for the rally.
It's also worth noting that the California State Senate passed a resolution supporting yesterday's boycott and march.
Here are photos from the rally. It'll be interesting to see if the anti-war/peace movement can figure out how to successfully join forces with the immigrants rights movement.