Friday, April 30, 2010
Denver: Students walk out of class in immigration protest
DENVER - Hundreds of students walked out of high schools and colleges around Denver Friday in protest of Arizona's tough new immigration.
"We all need to stand united because it might happen here too," said Francisco Estrada, a student at West High School.
Estrada was one of about 100 students who left class at West High School for a rally in Sunken Gardens Park adjacent to the school.
Some students made signs that read "Don't divide us, unite us" and "equal rights." Other students used bullhorns to call other students out of class to join the rally.
"I hope that our voices are heard," said Jose Cansino, also a West High School student who walked out.
Many of the students say though Arizona's law does not affect them, they feel connected to the issue.
"We need to show support, stand up for what we believe in," said Estrada, who said he felt attending the rally outweighed the risk of getting in trouble at school.
Around noon, about 100 to 150 Lincoln High School students took to the streets lead by police escort urging them to stay safely on the sidewalks.
Organizers with Padres & Jovenes Unidos, who said they staged the walkout as a show of support for "brothers and sisters in Arizona," are demanding immediate action to reform immigration.
Other students marched into downtown to the Capitol at about 2:30 p.m. Speeches begin at 3:30 p.m.