The Great American Boycott – May 1, 2006

May 1st is a holiday in Mexico, and on any holiday you can expect the lines to cross into the U.S. to be substantially longer than normal. But today is a different day. Less than 1 percent of the normal traffic crossed the border from Mexico into the U.S.

El Mexicano vs The Union Tribune

At Balboa Park in San Diego, tens of thousands gathered to remember those who have died crossing the border and celebrate their unity. At the corner of Juniper and Sixth, a small group of people waving flags started calling others to march. People started to follow, and the police quickly stepped in to try and stop the crowd. The group chanted “Si se puede” and walked past the police and began to march through the city. The police worked quickly to clear a path, blocking streets as if it were a planned parade. Organizers of the rally ran to the front of the line, but were unsuccessful in dissuading the crowd’s action.

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The organizers and police decided to guide the crowd to City Hall. The group ignored several blockades and twisted their own path through the city. At the entrances to the highways, police were standing with bags of riot cuffs at the ready. Once the crowd reached the closed and vacant City Hall, they turned through the Horton Plaza entrance and looped back to rejoin the tail of the crowd, heading back to Balboa Park.

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Throughout the impromptu march, the participants remained calm and peaceful. In the end, the same officer who pleaded with one of the leaders to turn around shook hands and thanked him for managing to lead them back around safely and peacefully. Those at the front of the march were young and passionate. While the group was unorganized, they worked together and followed each other’s lead. There were no egos or celebrities leading the group. It was clear that a newfound confidence, strength and power emerged tonight.

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9 Comments »

  Gravatar Chris wrote @ May 2nd, 2006 at 11:07 am

Wow, what a sight!
It must have been crazy to be right there in the middle of it all. Thanks for all the pictures, I really feel like I saw the whole thing.

  Gravatar misanthrope: a journey to freedom one pedal at a time wrote @ May 3rd, 2006 at 9:07 am

[…] It was an EPIC moment in San Diego history, and I was there! Where were you?!? EDIT: Pics […]

  Gravatar lotu5 wrote @ May 3rd, 2006 at 12:49 pm

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  Gravatar kenrick wrote @ May 9th, 2006 at 6:49 pm

On May 1st, as a result of the Mexican boycott, national retailers reported 4.2% lower sales for the day, with a 67.8% reduction in shoplifting.

Not to mention traffic was pretty nice.

  Gravatar Nathan wrote @ May 9th, 2006 at 8:17 pm

Nice Kenrick, now my site traffic will double because everyone will link to your bogus stats. Oh well, hopefully they’ll get the satire.

  Gravatar Kenrick wrote @ May 10th, 2006 at 2:07 pm

Actually was e-mailed to me, and in my humorous rush to comment I left out the source. Let me find it and Ill post it here. Ha!

  Gravatar Nathan wrote @ May 13th, 2006 at 2:36 pm

An interesting note on wild immigration statistics:

http://opinion.latimes.com/immigration/2006/05/according_to_th.html

  Gravatar imp wrote @ May 14th, 2006 at 5:03 pm

that joke is being well circulated on the web, but its urban legend roots are at:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/shoplift.asp
rather than resort to meanness, get something done at http://www.numbersusa.com

  Gravatar Kenrick wrote @ May 16th, 2006 at 2:43 pm

Hah man thats funny, but seriously that day was nice with the reduced number of people on the roads and in the stores. I figured that they were false when I tried to track them down and then found the snopes thing as well.

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