Carl Hayden High School Students, Teachers March to Capitol After Class to Protest for Education Opportunities

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Gregory Pratt
Police officers keep watch as the protest begins.
An estimated crowd of 200 students marched from Carl Hayden High School on 35th Avenue and Roosevelt Street to the State Capitol this afternoon, protesting state Senator Russell Pearce's SB 1160 and the continuing lack of opportunity for undocumented students.

 

Students were organized by a group at Carl Hayden led by Maria Castro, a junior, in a demonstration similar to last week's. This protest, however, was designed to happen after school, so no one would miss class for the rally.

State Senator Steve Gallardo marched with the students. He talked with New Times about Senate President Pearce, whom he says he feels "sorry for" because Pearce is "consumed" by immigration issues.

Gallardo also pointed out that none of the other Democrats in the Legislature marched -- although all of them would be waiting at the Capitol to get in front of a camera.

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Gregory Pratt
One group of students, crutches and all.
It was a determined group of students at the protest, including one freshman girl who marched on crutches with a broken foot. A number of college activists marched with the high school students.

The protest received national attention, as all the local media outlets as well as CNN were waiting at the capitol for the students.

 

Despite the wave of pending anti-immigration legislation, students we spoke to were optimistic about their situation, saying things would change one step at a time. Gallardo said he is optimistic that Democrats might be able to beat back some of the legislation, though he does not want to get anyone's hopes up.


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Jesse_hvr
Jesse_hvr

I am a student of Carl Hayden, and I believe the students who do march know more than enough. The basics of each law are clearly stated and it isn't right. I myself am legal and feel that anyone who is here illegally and has been for awhile and is contributing to our country economically should be welcomed to stay. Most students were children when brought to the United States and this is all they know. They deserve the same educational rights as any american citizen because they were brought up as just that an AMERICAN.

Obamasux1
Obamasux1

If you are in this country illegally, leave and go get in line like other law abiding people in your country and quit bullying your way to the front of the opportunity line. Legal entry is welcomed and all are expected to live by our rules and laws, and furthermore if and when you are sworn in as a citizen you will take an oath that says you will defend our country by all enemies foreign and domestic and that you will assimilate to our way of life. I f you do not like this gewt the hell out and don't become a citizen, again there are plenty of people that want to come here and contribute to our way of life and become Americans and all without a HANDOUT.

Xochitlmedina1
Xochitlmedina1

I don't agree! I happen to be a graduate from Carl Hayden High School and I marched quite a few times for different reasons. The main purpose of our marches were strong and were not just an excuse to get out of class! Now I am working on my degree and I am proud of what I did in High School. Carl Hayden High School is a phenomenal school and I received a wonderful education there!

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Students don't vote and they don't know enough to speak out on anything. They're pawns but think they are knights. Too bad there aren't more of them. It's the only thing that could save this country if they knew what to protest about instead of what they've been set up to protest about. Students make no sense...they just shout and demand things for which they know not what the consequences will be. What do they have to lose, a shitty education?

Real American
Real American

Hey Gregory, why did you not report on the DESECRATION of the American flag at this protest?

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