Thursday, May 1, 2008

May Day

Today, hundreds of Chicago activists, Latinos, and supporters will march in protest of America's current stringent immigration laws. Last year, I was working on a documentary for my Documentary Video class that took us to Pilsen, a largely Latino neighborhood in Chicago fighting the tide of gentrification. My partner Roger and I skipped class to go to last year's May Day March and got some footage. This morning NPR says that many involved with this year's march doubt it will have the large numbers of previous years or garner support for reform in immigration laws.

Below is the documentary I worked on. I cringe every now and then—some shots are too long, I would've edited it different etc.—but if you're interested, it gives a very cursory introduction to Pilsen.

New York Magazine has compiled an "electopedia", with blurbs on each presidential candidate under categories like "Mentors," "Worst Speech," and more.

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