As Jeff said earlier, tomorrow may well be a day for taking Metro, the protests that are scheduled to start at Meridian Park and wend their way through to the Mall by midafternoon are going to be fairly large. Local organizers are expecting up to 100,000 people to gather during the day, despite the fact that their protest permit is for 600 people.
However, despite my earlier thoughts about protests, I’m heading out with my cameras tomorrow to see what’s going to happen during the protest. This is going to be a big event for the local immigrant communities, as well as American citizens throughout the area. As the immigration debate comes to the forefront, and we acknowledge the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants who work in the United States in the agriculture, construction and domestic care industries, emotions are going to run high around here. I’m encouraging people to go and listen to what the speakers have to say tomorrow. We live in a representative democracy, which means that we are responsible for the actions of our nation, it might be a good idea to see what’s going on in yours.
If you’re going, we’re going to try something new here at Metroblogging, and that means we’re going to publish a lot of what our readers and open commenters are going to say. Got an opinion? Post it in the comments. Got a photo to share? Add it to the photostream here. This is a community site, and we’re interested in what you have to say. Let’s here it.
One last note: Keep it Respectful. This is a place to discuss ideas and topics, not engage in namecalling.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs