Chapter

The Protests of 2006

Irene Bloemraad, Kim Voss and Taeku Lee

in Rallying for Immigrant Rights

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267541
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948914 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267541.003.0001
The Protests of 2006

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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

Chapter.  18189 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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