Poets Lead Eastside Solidarity March

By EGP News Report

Poets took turns performing at numerous stops from East LA to Boyle Heights. Pictured here, poets (L-R) Vanessa Yanez, Beatriz Tasha Magana, and Lalow delighted shoppers at the Cinco Puntos restaurant and market located at Indiana St where unincorporated East LA and Boyle Heights meet. (Photo by Felicia "Fe" Montes)

A handful of poets and activists carried out a “Pilgrimage for Peace” through East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights Saturday, July 30 in observance of the one year anniversary of the implementation of Arizona’s SB 1070, and what organizers called “racist laws” that seek to criminalize undocumented immigrants.

EGP Photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo

Pushing shopping carts with a mounted silk-screen press, as well as supplies, portable microphone and speakers, the participants began their voyage in unincorporated East LA at the Maravilla Handball Court near the Maravilla Housing Projects, and traveled west on Cesar Chavez Avenue. EGP caught up with them at noon at the intersection of Soto and Cesar Chavez, one of many stops along the route to the new Self Help Graphics & Art location on First Street in Boyle Heights.

Photo by Felicia "Fe" Montes

Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes of Mujeres de Maiz told EGP that the pilgrimage was organized to show support for efforts to work against “the institutionalization of SB 1070.” The goal was to use poetry readings as a tool to educate people “about SB 1070 and other important issues,” including the ongoing legal fight to overturn the bill, according to organizers.

Photo by Felicia "Fe" Montes

At each stop, which included a barbershop and retail stores, poets took turns reciting short poems related to the program’s theme: repeal SB 1070; stop copycat legislation in other states and support comprehensive immigration reform.

EGP Photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo

Along with the poetry readings, the group printed posters on their mobile press for distribution to the public. It was all done in the spirit of solidarity with the people of Arizona, said organizers.

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August 4, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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