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I hope these photos can help some of you to see the same thing I did.

Good people, hard workers, who love it here.

People who nobody should be afraid of.

People who can organize and demonstrate peacefully.

People who make a positive contribution to America.

Cross posted at My Left Wing

So there I was in Wilshire and La Brea at 5PM.

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The red white and blue was everywhere.

There were some very large American flags.

Flags everywhere

Families demostrated together

People voiced tangential opinions

Once a marine always a marine

Immigrants from other lands were present

LAPD guarded the official stand

But Shockwave IS connected

Next thing I know, I am taking close ups of Mayor Villaraigosa and Cardinal Mahoney joking around before going up on the stands.

California Senator Richard Alarcon was there

But that is as far as I got.

Mahoney spoke

Villaraigosa spoke

There was singing

He once was illegal, today he is a teacher

She is still illegal (was brought here as a baby 20 years ago) and she spoke with passion

It was a huge and peaceful demostration.

USA,USA,USA!

Si se puede, si se puede, si se puede!

What's not to like.

Originally posted to Shockwave on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:53 PM PDT.

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  •  What's not to like? Nada (6+ / 0-)
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    eugene, Raybin, Shockwave, melvin, kraant, carolita

    shockwave! Excellent pics. What an archive of pictorial
    history is being created here on Dkos today. Thanks.

    It is never too late to be what you might have been...George Eliot

    by begone on Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:55:14 PM PDT

  •  Just my opinion. (2+ / 0-)
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    Eternal Hope, kraant

    It's not the size of a flag that's important, it's how you wave it that counts.

    Seriously: why all the concentration on flags? What it's about is this, in my opinion. You don't tell someone, "I'll help you... but only if you're rich, i.e. a Canadian, or a rich person from country X, etc. (and thus don't really need any help anyway)". There should be a spirit of us wanting to help those who need it and who are a cultural enrichment to our country- regardless of whether they are prepared to wave a symbolic flag publically in front of thousands of people:

    A person can be a cultural enrichment without being rich and without doing everything the way we, as "Americans", do it. Thus, I don't see why they must all be shown waving the flag; i.e. you can love a country without picking up any inanimate object and waving it publicly for everyone to see. Example: a man may love his wife dearly without going out on the street and telling everyone he meets "I love my wife." (though it might be a last resort if she happened to be filing for divorce, you will probably have lost some self-respect in doing so).

    lim (testosterone -> infinity) Man(testosterone) = War

    by Crowdog on Tue May 02, 2006 at 12:27:28 AM PDT

    •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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      I am not a big flag-waver myself. But what I find most disturbing is this de facto COMPULSORY patriotism. I saw a lot of it after 9-11 with Arabs and South Asians plastering flags on their homes, cars and stores out of FEAR.

      "Tell no lies. Claim no easy victories" -- Amilcar Cabral

      by Christopher Day on Tue May 02, 2006 at 04:38:16 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes. Fear. The wife example (0+ / 0-)

        can be used again.

        Wife to hubby: Sure you've answered this question a thousand or so times, but I want to hear the answer again- right now. Who's the prettiest woman in the world next to your mother-in-law?

        Hubby: (gulp, sweat) You of course, dear!

        lim (testosterone -> infinity) Man(testosterone) = War

        by Crowdog on Tue May 02, 2006 at 04:55:58 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks! (3+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, Eternal Hope, kraant

    I feel like a putz...this was a few blocks away from me and my goal for the day was to walk down there with my family.  Unfortunately, several of our clients wanted their projects today.  

    So many people complain, always talk about change yo but what's your contribution to life?-J5

    by fabooj on Tue May 02, 2006 at 12:30:05 AM PDT

  •  OMG...I can't fucking believe it.. (5+ / 0-)

    actually I can. 6th pic down from top. That is one of my oldest, best friends of 25 years, with her husband and 3 kids. She is holding the sign saying "We are all children of Immigrants'. That is her son in front of her sign and her husband in front with the sunglasses, and their youngest son with the long hair looking back at his Mom. I LOVE THEM. She HATES Bush. Thank You for posting this. I just emailed her to let her know. You are the best Shockwave. Chamonix is sooooo Happy.

    "The Truth is far more powerful than any weapon of mass destruction." -Gandhi

    by Chamonix on Tue May 02, 2006 at 12:33:27 AM PDT

    •  Are you coming to the party ? (0+ / 0-)

      I am throwing a party on May 6 for MSOC.

      Dailykos.com; an oasis of truth. -1.75 -7.23

      by Shockwave on Tue May 02, 2006 at 05:33:58 PM PDT

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      •  Hey..thanks for the heads up on this (1+ / 0-)
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        Shockwave

        comment. Sometimes I forget to go back to older comments. Note sure..Where, When? Just for fun? Did you meet my friends at the rally or just jump in front of them to take the pic? I emailed the pic to my My friend Jeanne and she wrote back "I thought we might end up in some of those pictures they were taking". The kids were thrilled too. I directed them to MLW to check out the pics there. They were so happy. They are die hard liberals and HATE BUSH, his Administration, the Republicans in Congress and watch the Daily show every night. The kids are political too. The best family ever. They don't even live here. They live in NYC and are her cause her Husband is working here so they came out till the end of August. Let me know more about MSOC's party. She lives about 5 minutes from me in Sherman Oaks. Thanks again Shockwave.

        "The Truth is far more powerful than any weapon of mass destruction." -Gandhi

        by Chamonix on Wed May 03, 2006 at 07:19:28 PM PDT

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  •  outstanding diary--I was there! (5+ / 0-)

    it was a beautiful, peaceful protest.  There was an enormous positive energy for entire blocks surrounding Wilshire and La Brea.  It was beautiful to behold, and your pictures capture it beautifully.

  •  I live and work right around there (3+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, Eternal Hope, kraant

    and it was a fun and lively demonstration.  And absolutely not chaotic whatsoever.

  •  Thanks for the pics (6+ / 0-)

    I'm still in the process of figuring out all this upload to external site, html, downsizing stuff, plus I was waiting until morning, sorry to use your thread as a testing stage for it, but here is a taste.

    This one broke my heart.

    The world looks aflame from afar, but close up it's just fireflies in a jar

    by artofstarving on Tue May 02, 2006 at 12:59:59 AM PDT

    •  I DID IT!!! (3+ / 0-)
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      cat, Shockwave, kraant

      It actually worked, I'm so proud of myself. How sad, half a million people take to the streets to demand basic dignity and I'm spouting off about learning simple html code. I'm impressed with your VIP Pass, Shockwave. Backstage and all.

      The world looks aflame from afar, but close up it's just fireflies in a jar

      by artofstarving on Tue May 02, 2006 at 01:03:36 AM PDT

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  •  Nice sunglasses, great diary (1+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave

    Thanks for these images.

    My heart was already a charred piece of jerky.

    by hhex65 on Tue May 02, 2006 at 03:16:08 AM PDT

  •  Zero (0+ / 0-)

    arrests.
    No Pier 57 already set up "holding" areas.
    No M16 toting police in full riot gear.
    No "designated protest areas"
    No sound cannons, VMADs.
    Absolutely zero scrutiny of a mass gathering of people, a perfect Al-Queada opportunity.
    No police, or rather "normally acting" police.
    No elevated to orange "terra" alerts
    Yes, there is a reason.  It's a sanctioned event.
    Ton's and tons of political capital in these people and this issue.

    Divide the populace on an "issue"
    Destroy confidence in government
    Divert attention for more important issues Iran, Iraq Impeach.

  •  Thanks for the pics. (2+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, artofstarving

    How do you tell an oxymoronic conservative Democrat from a Republican mole or troll?

    by shergald on Tue May 02, 2006 at 07:30:57 AM PDT

  •  Thank you (0+ / 0-)

    Fantastic to see these pictures.

    Thanks for being there, being part, also.

    It's the "anti-fear-propaganda" solution: positive news: HeroicStories, free

    by AllisonInSeattle on Tue May 02, 2006 at 07:20:54 PM PDT

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