“I was beaten, left bloody, but I didn’t give up and you must not give up”

March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Thousands of people gathered at the Georgia Capitol, waving signs and chanting to protest legislation that targets illegal immigrants. Javier Mendez, his wife and their 18-month-old son were among the crowd. The 35-year-old waiter, who lives in Roswell, said he came here from Mexico about five years ago to seek a better life. “We are fighting for something we believe is fair,” said Mendez, who works as a waiter. “We’re not the criminals they say we are. We’re just looking for a better opportunity.” The crowd, dressed mostly in white shirts at the request of organizers, chanted in Spanish and English and waved signs with slogans such as “Immigrants pick the crops that you eat every day!” and “Broken system, broken families.” Speakers included activists, lawmakers, students and others. They urged Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the legislation if it reaches his desk. Folk rock duo the Indigo Girls performed their song “Shame on You” with lyrics adapted for the rally. “We’re from Georgia and we don’t want our state to pass any legislation that’s really anti-immigrant,” said Amy Ray, one half of the duo, in an interview. “We feel like the state is really richer and more productive with the Hispanic community here and we want to show them our support.” US Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a leader of the 1960s civil rights movement, encouraged the crowd to keep fighting. He noted that he was arrested dozens of times while working alongside Martin Luther King Jr. “I was beaten, left bloody, but I didn’t give up and you must not give up,” he said to loud cheers. (sify news)

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