Day two of protests turn violent at Pajaro Valley Highhttp://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2006/March/29/local/stories/01local.htmTarrant students take to the streetshttp://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/nation/14212711.htmStudents protest immigration billhttp://www.tahoebonanza.com/article/20060329/News/103290015Students see immigration issue as attack on familieshttp://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/3755330.htmlAs We See It: Better immigration debate needed?http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2006/March/29/edit/stories/01edit.htmAs a nation, the United States has periodically evaluated questions of citizenship and who shall be offered the rights and responsibilities that come with that designation. In response to proposed changes to US immigration policy, there have been a number of massive marches and protests around major American cities, including Los Angeles and Chicago. More recently, there have been a number of dramatic actions taken by students in order to show their dissatisfaction with these proposed changes. This Tuesday, around 11,000 students cut classes in Los Angeles County, and there were numerous other like-minded actions taken in places such as Lake Tahoe, San Diego, Houston, and other cities across the West and Southwest. As with many other types of protest and group actions, the protests were aided by the use of certain emerging technologies, including the popular social networking website, MySpace.com and extensive text messaging. The technology certainly was quite useful in the demonstrations held around Fort Worth on Wednesday, as a number of students mentioned they received a text-message that read: “Latinos, Tuesday is the day 4 u 2 wear ur white shirt 2 let them know we are against law HR 4437. Pass 2 all Latinos”. One onlooker in Fort Worth, an immigration lawyer, remarked, “It’s just wonderful. If these kids figure out how to translate this action into influencing the Senate, then that is the American way. They are not doing it with money, they are doing it with feet.” The first link related to this story leads to a link provided by National Public Radio station KQED that talks about the role of text-massing and MySpace chat rooms in coordinating some of these recent protests. The second link will take users to a news story from Wednesday’s Santa Cruz Sentinel that offers coverage of the recent protests at Pajaro Valley High in Watsonville, California. The third link leads to a news story from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that offers coverage of the student-led protest at City Hall, complete with video clips of the event. The fourth link will take users to a news story from the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza about a smaller, but no less passionate, protest led by students at Incline High School. The fifth link leads to a story from the Houston Chronicle about student protests there this Tuesday. The article also includes the voices and opinions of students about the proposed immigration policy, and for that alone, it is worth reading. Finally, the last link leads to an equally passionate editorial from the Santa Cruz Sentinel that refers to both the immigration legislation and the protests as “heavy-handed”.


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