Immigration marches held in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Day Without Immigrant marches are taking place today in Grand Rapids and in Kalamazoo.

The Grand Rapids event, coordinated by Movimiento Cosecha and the Worker’s Center of West Michigan, will culminate in a march starting at Garfield Park.  Michigan United is organizing Kalamazoo’s May Day “Day Without Immigrants” event in Bronson Park.  Both events began at noon.

The Grand Rapids march headed down Division Avenue to Calder Plaza and then headed to the courthouse.


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    • steve

      Nobody that I know of as long as it’s done legally. But for many of these people the word “legally” doesn’t exist. They have no intention of becoming a citizen, period.

  • J.B.

    If they were this pro-active in the country of their own origin..they wouldn’t need to be here in such misery and consistently complaining about the social injustice and unfairness of it all….
    And BTW, just how many “day without an immigrant” events are already scheduled for this year?
    Seems like one a week here recently….
    And always on a workday and always in the middle of a road somewhere..WTF?

  • Tim

    Has anyone considered finding out where they parked, and standing in front of them so that they cannot leave? That would be interesting. Someone should plan that for next time.

  • GAFJ

    All those who support ILLEGAL immigration should e required to take in 3-5 illegals into their own homes first- then protest

  • Alexander Harrison

    There are other ways to show the community that immigrants are needed, and they are, we are all affected by them in one way or another. Stopping traffic is not the answer for us to listen, you could be helping out those who serve us all, regardless of background, such as cops, hospital personnel, fire fighters, schools, etc. We have to look at both sides of the story, not just be one sided. Stop the hate between us, accept our new leader and work with him, he has shown sympathy for those who share our values and not for those who don’t respect others.

  • Julie Schneeberger

    I participated in the Kalamazoo March and was humbled by the young college students who so eloquently and passionately stood up for human rights. I am supporting immigrants documented or not. They are people just like all of us. Many did not have a choice about how they came to be here. They deserve our respect as human beings and unfortunately are being subjected to a lot of fear since the election. Let’s work together with our elected leaders to provide a sensible path to citizenship! Put yourself in someone else’s shoes for a bit and have compassion .