Thursday, June 18, 2009

ACLU Legal Observers Witness Racine Rally for Fair Immigration Reform.

Legal observing isn't always reserved for rainy days.

This Monday, June 15, ACLU of Wisconsin legal observers hit the beaches of Racine to watch the end of the year rally and party for some 250 students who gathered to support fair immigration reform.

Many parents, various school staff and Voces de la Frontera staff and volunteers were on hand to assist at the event. The rally/party on the beach was scheduled to end at 3:00 p.m., but as the day wore on more and more people from the beach and the city poured in.

There was a large police presence throughout, but they and city medics were available to attend to a small altercation at approximately 3:00 p.m. Unfortunately, it was reported that after the legal observers had left, more altercations occurred and larger police presence was deployed.

According to the Racine Journal Times there were 22 squad cars in the parking lot at one time. Two arrests were made in connection to the incident. The ACLU of Wisconsin encourages people to both exercise their right to PEACEABLY assemble as well as active participation in community.