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Rallying for Immigrant RightsThe Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America$
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Kim Voss

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267541

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267541.001.0001

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The Protests of 2006

The Protests of 2006

What Were They, How Do We Understand Them, Where Do We Go?

(p.2) (p.3) 1 The Protests of 2006
Rallying for Immigrant Rights

Irene Bloemraad

Kim Voss

Taeku Lee

University of California Press

Between mid-February and early May 2006, an estimated 3.7 to 5 million people took to the streets in over 160 cities across the United States to rally for immigrant rights. Marches and demonstrations were organized from Anchorage, Alaska, to Miami, Florida, and forty-two states in between. The majority of those who took to the streets were Latino, but people of European, African, and Asian heritage marched too. This chapter provides some background to the events of 2006 and makes the case for why the immigrant rights rallies offer an important lens onto critical questions of citizenship, social movements, politics, and identity. It outlines key ways to understand the protests and highlights the various institutions and processes involved in this moment of mass mobilization. It then asks about the consequences of the protests, for American politics and for immigrants and Latinos in the United States, as well as for academic scholarship within sociology, political science, and related disciplines. The practical and theoretical issues raised by the 2006 protests present pressing dilemmas for scholars and citizens around the world.

Keywords:   United States, Latinos, immigrant rights, protests, citizenship, social movements, politics, identity, immigrants, mass mobilization

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