Puppetistas takin' people power to the streets
It was originally planned by the United Methodist Women
as a general "public faith-based vigil for immigrant, civil and human rights."
But ever since the Arizona legislature passed their controversial immigration law
last week, and Missouri state rep Mark Parkinson
of St. Charles proposed
something similar, all kinds of folks are buzzing about the rally downtown tomorrow.
Organizer Yamil Anglada
says she's expecting about 1,500 people -- and a fleet of twelve-foot puppets -- to leave America's Center
at 11:30 a.m. and march to Kiener Plaza
. She says that a big part of the rally will be calling for the City of St. Louis to issue an ordinance that would make racial profiling illegal.
Here's but a few of the groups now getting involved, alongside United
- Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates
Committee on Latin America
- National Farm Worker Ministry
- Organization of Black Struggle
Organization of Chinese Americans
- St. Louis and African Mutual
Alliance Assistance Association of Missouri
Also on hand will be Muslim, Jewish and Catholic leaders. Guatemalan
Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta
was scheduled to speak but has fallen ill. Instead, the
keynote speaker will be United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño
for the rally's schedule.