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H1bslave 09-18-2007 09:18 PM

DC RALLY - NEWS Thread
 
Please post all NEWS articles covering DC rally here


Thanks

franklin 09-18-2007 09:29 PM

Sorry - you are wrong
 
We have finished counting up the people who registered, and there were over 2000 people that attended.

This, of course, doesn't include our great immigration voice friends Greg Siskind and Sheela Murthy. Who both walked with us side by side.

The post rally speeches were filled by CNN, covered by Washington Post and many other news organizations.

Congressmen even gave speeches

Don't spread disinformation, hater!

You quite obviously weren't there

sixpockets 09-18-2007 09:36 PM

i agree
 
I completely agree with Franklin. Here are some video shots from the rally.


http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...50390126898111

mkumar 09-18-2007 09:39 PM

broken link to the video
 
please repost the link to the video! Great going IV!

ameryki 09-18-2007 09:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sixpockets (Post 168772)
I completely agree with Franklin. Here are some video shots from the rally.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...50390126898111

link not working! or atleast for me its not.

ciber.couger 09-18-2007 09:40 PM

link is not working

sixpockets 09-18-2007 09:42 PM

try it now

inskrish 09-18-2007 09:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ciber.couger (Post 168775)
link is not working

Try this: http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...50390126898111

Jaime 09-18-2007 09:43 PM

Yes, there were over 2000 present. Rally was VERY successful!
 
I just came back from the rally to Dallas and yes, there were over 2000 people. It was a very successful event and the positive energy was amazing! We come from many different places and are from different disciplines, but we share a common heart. A heart that beats for America, and we will not let that heart stop beating! The only option is victory now! We are well on our way, together!!!!

ArunAntonio 09-18-2007 09:47 PM

Iv Rocks
 
Jamie,
I was waiting to hear from you... extremely glad that every thing went on well and Three loud cheers to IV !!!!

IV ROCKS!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaime (Post 168781)
I just came back from the rally to Dallas and yes, there were over 2000 people. It was a very successful event and the positive energy was amazing! We come from many different places and are from different disciplines, but we share a common heart. A heart that beats for America, and we will not let that heart stop beating! The only option is victory now! We are well on our way, together!!!!


H1bslave 09-18-2007 09:47 PM

U R Wrong
 
I was there in rally for more than 3 hours and I am sure there were more than 1000 people at least.


Quote:

Originally Posted by gcretroiv (Post 168768)
Total Disaster.

Very few people attended, not covered much in any news channel except 2 (Business week and roll call are paid ones with volunteers contribution)
Finally it is a Total Diaster rally due to lack of partcipation from members.The members attended is around 400 to 500.

People may start jumping on me, but friends it is the mere fact and reality.
If somebody can not accept reality, it is their issue.


Jaime 09-18-2007 09:50 PM

Registered = >2000 plus other joined later
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by H1bslave (Post 168785)
I was there in rally for more than 3 hours and I am sure there were more than 1000 people at least.

>2000 people registered at the Washington Monument and then many more joined while we were marching, maybe we peaked at 3000, but it's 2000+ confirmed

she81 09-18-2007 09:53 PM

IV Rally videos
 
I found a bunch of Rally videos on google. Please rate them!

http://video.google.com/videosearch?...0&so=1&start=0

Jaime 09-18-2007 09:53 PM

Hey ArunAntonio!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ArunAntonio (Post 168784)
Jamie,
I was waiting to hear from you... extremely glad that every thing went on well and Three loud cheers to IV !!!!

IV ROCKS!

Hey ArunAntonio! Nice to see you! Yes, you wouldn't believe how positive the rally was! Passers-by stopped to compliment us, help and encourage us, cars honked at us in approval. Everyone was so energyzed! Big group, 100+ meetings with congressmen, including Hillary Clinton, children came, we all bonded in one single voice and message. Logiclife and Aman gave awesome speeches, this is just the beginning! Today it was confirmed to me HOW MUCH we can do TOGETHER!!! It's proven and not just words!!! FEW PEOPLE REALIZE HOW STRONG WE ARE TOGETHER AND HOW RESPECTED IV IS, THANKS TO EVERYONE'S EFFORTS!!!

newuser 09-18-2007 09:55 PM

Go IV
 
Got back from the rally. Its definitely not 400 to 500. It has be somewhere b/w 1000 to 1500.


gcretroiv - DON'T SPREAD LIES

Quote:

Originally Posted by gcretroiv (Post 168768)
Total Disaster.

Very few people attended, not covered much in any news channel except 2 (Business week and roll call are paid ones with volunteers contribution)
Finally it is a Total Diaster rally due to lack of partcipation from members.The members attended is around 400 to 500.

People may start jumping on me, but friends it is the mere fact and reality.
If somebody can not accept reality, it is their issue.


Jaime 09-18-2007 09:59 PM

I saw you from afar!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Macaca (Post 168796)
I looked for you a lot. Couldn't find you!

I saw you from afar when they were introducing you with the bull horn! And everyone was clapping at you. I was standing with 2 placards facing Constitution Avenue, near the traffic lights! We need to meet soon in person!

sam2006 09-18-2007 09:59 PM

Thank YOU IV for all the Effort

ras 09-18-2007 10:00 PM

Post it to yahoo news
 
Can some one who has the videos post it to yahoo. here is the link for posting

http://news.yahoo.com/you-witness-news

manoj_2002 09-18-2007 10:01 PM

Thank you IV
 
Thank you all the people who made it a success. I am one of those people who couldn't take part.

When is the next one?

newuser 09-18-2007 10:05 PM

Go IV
 
Thats the spirit.

Quote:

Originally Posted by manoj_2002 (Post 168805)
Thank you all the people who made it a success. I am one of those people who couldn't take part.

When is the next one?


andy garcia 09-18-2007 10:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Macaca (Post 168796)
I looked for you a lot. Couldn't find you!

How could you have missed him?

He was the only non-Indian/non-Chinese in the crowd.:)

leo2606 09-18-2007 10:07 PM

looks like you also have some signup sheets with you gcretroiv.You silly, stupid and funny gcretroiv don't you know to give those back to valunteers at the end.

OK we have 2000 number from Franklin + 500 from this signup sheets thief a.k.a gcretroiv.

Quote:

Originally Posted by gcretroiv (Post 168768)
Total Disaster.

Very few people attended, not covered much in any news channel except 2 (Business week and roll call are paid ones with volunteers contribution)
Finally it is a Total Diaster rally due to lack of partcipation from members.The members attended is around 400 to 500.

People may start jumping on me, but friends it is the mere fact and reality.
If somebody can not accept reality, it is their issue.


Jaime 09-18-2007 10:08 PM

Not true, but by the way....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by andy garcia (Post 168809)
How could you have missed him?

He was the only non-Indian/non-Chinese in the crowd.:)

Not true, but by the way, here's a humorous anecdote, some people told me they had thought I was a woman, haha (from the name)....wait, you guys know I'm a guy, right???? :)

Jaime 09-18-2007 10:11 PM

Yeah, I wanted to attend that!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Macaca (Post 168812)
You also missed the reception on Monday evening. It was easy to find persons there.

It was very good. Three lawmakers addressed the reception and the food was great.

But I couldn't get away from a business meeting in Dallas on Monday, as I had aleady cancelled some important business on Tuesday so I could be at the rally. My plane got into DCA at 1:30 am this morning!

The food part sounds great (I haven't eaten today because I have been so excited about the rally's success), but especially what great success with the lawmakers!!!

ciber.couger 09-18-2007 10:13 PM

I don't know what it is, but I had this great feeling while I was on the Rally, a feeling of pride, courage, union. I really enjoyed being in the rally, seeing all other members, families, and little kids. It just made me feel I belong somewhere.
I had to mention this again, I know there is at least 10 people in my organization who promised to come to the Rally, I was looking all over for you guys, Then I found out none of you showed up after I called you at your offices! That really made feel bad, you all work in Virginia less than 30 minutes from DC. You should be a shame of your selves. A lot of people came from all over the country with their families and little kids. I just need to understand why?
We all in the same situation here, I am not going to speak to you again. sorry

andy garcia 09-18-2007 10:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaime (Post 168811)
Not true, but by the way, here's a humorous anecdote, some people told me they had thought I was a woman, haha (from the name)....wait, you guys know I'm a guy, right???? :)

Sometimes they call you Jamie instead of Jaime.

Jaime is a very macho name in Spanish.:)

Jaime 09-18-2007 10:19 PM

Macho? Thanks! haha
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by andy garcia (Post 168819)
Sometimes they call you Jamie instead of Jaime.

Jaime is a very macho name in Spanish.:)

Whatever helps IV!!!

FinallyCurrent 09-18-2007 10:44 PM

I am one of those that joined later
 
Jaime is right , many joined after the rally started. I am one of those that joined later. We were atleast 5 people who came in together and I saw many more after us. And we joined AFTER the rally reached capitol. My only peeve was that many people were leaving even before the congressman began talking. People came there for the rally and then the leave as the meeting is going on --made no sense to me.

Anyway, the only reason we were late in joining was because we could not live with the fact that there were people flying in for the rally and we who were in Metro DC were not going. Thank you all for inspiring us to be there. It felt great do something for ourself.

485_se_dukhi 09-18-2007 10:45 PM

Rally - great experience !!!
 
My husband and I attended the rally today with our 11 month old. It was extremely well organized. Kudos to the core team and everybody else who worked on this tirelessly.

It was a GREAT experience and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. There was a good turnout...I would say 2000-3000+ people...but I didn't count exactly...all I can say with authority is that there was a huge line in front of us and a seemingly unending line behind us..

All the people I met were so committed to our cause and it was refreshing talking to them and exchanging views with them.

We heard Aman, Jay, Mark, Dr Gupta etc speak. All of them were VERY good speakers and could move the crowd.

There were lots of media people present so sooner or later more reports are going to come in I suppose.

We also got the chance to meet the Deputy to the Congresswoman of our district. We talked to him about the GC situation for nearly 30 mins. Btw, he mentioned that this was the FIRST time he was meeting people related to **legal** immigration and that he had met several delegations in the recent past who were representing the interests of the "other" form of immigration.

So, I think the fact that all of us were able to get in front of our representatives and were able to personally tell them our stories (and to bring out the distinction between legal and illegal immigration) is itself worth the trip to DC.

smisachu 09-18-2007 10:45 PM

Lunch Break Rallyists
 
Not to forget "Lunck Brake" Rallyists. A huge bunck approximately of 100-200came out of Various Federal offices and marched with us. They did not register as these guys came out during lunch time and went back after their break....

Quote:

Originally Posted by franklin (Post 168770)
We have finished counting up the people who registered, and there were over 2000 people that attended.

This, of course, doesn't include our great immigration voice friends Greg Siskind and Sheela Murthy. Who both walked with us side by side.

The post rally speeches were filled by CNN, covered by Washington Post and many other news organizations.

Congressmen even gave speeches

Don't spread disinformation, hater!

You quite obviously weren't there


TomPlate 09-18-2007 10:57 PM

The below post I think should be done by an anti immigrant. Anyway
god bless you. I was not there in the rally but I am sure IV have done a great job. Within a months timeframe we should see good happening to employee based immigrant community.


Quote:

Originally Posted by gcretroiv (Post 168768)
Total Disaster.

Very few people attended, not covered much in any news channel except 2 (Business week and roll call are paid ones with volunteers contribution)
Finally it is a Total Diaster rally due to lack of partcipation from members.The members attended is around 400 to 500.

People may start jumping on me, but friends it is the mere fact and reality.
If somebody can not accept reality, it is their issue.


mybid2003 09-18-2007 11:48 PM

Google Video or Google Pack
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ameryki (Post 168774)
link not working! or atleast for me its not.

You need to have Google Video or Google Pack downloaded & installed for Google Videos to watch.

ps57002 09-19-2007 12:34 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/19/us/19immigration.html

vdlrao 09-19-2007 01:00 AM

Hi
 
http://www.ocregister.com/news/green...igration-voice

http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv...205:05:00%20PM

paskal 09-19-2007 01:48 AM

rally numbers
 
it's very hard to estimate numbers in a crowd like this, personally i find it impossible and you will see that in the wildly varying press reports too.
however registrations clearly show that attendees crossed 2000.
we were walking in a narrow strip with just 3 people in a line to avoid disturbing traffic, so people may misinterpret that in pictures. however the line snaked forever...that i can tell you from being there as i started at the end of the line and tried to make my way to the front. also a lot of people did start leaving before the speech from the congressman and that will also cause wild variations in estimated numbers- these included a lot of locals that returned to work once the march itself was over. we are told by DC volunteers that world bank employees were present and others noted federal workers on their lunch breaks.
the response from passer byes was generally great, we encountered no heckling or protests. the last 4 days have seen a huge effort from many dedicated volunteers and the credit for this goes to them...as to those that came to walk! few organizations can organize and complete about 150 lawmaker meetings, including many with key senior legislators offices.
those who want to spend time discussing and debating numbers or diversity of attendees are as always free to do so. the undeniable fact remains that iv is today a dominant force in the fight for legal immigration reform and this is now recognized by all parties concerned, whether it be USCIS, legislators, immigration attorneys or the media. we have grown and matured as an organization and the way now is forward...

the last 4 days were the experience of a lifetime for me. more on that soon, but for now suffice to say that i'm proud to be a part of iv and to have raised my voice for fairness.

gcnirvana 09-19-2007 01:57 AM

Great to hear the rally was a success. I was closely following the blogs and other news about the rally today. Made me feel like I was there in DC with my fellow IV friends. I personally feel its a shame that I couldn't go. Whatever it is, there is no excuse for not being there....period.

Well, I congratulate IV Core Team and our members who made this a great success. I am really proud of you all.

Finally, here is the message from Murthy, applauding the efforts....

http://www.murthy.com/news/n_ivsuccess.html

wolfpok 09-19-2007 02:18 AM

great job on the ground...
 
paskal et al.

GREAT JOB all around! Hats off to the coordinators! Your planning and execution were awesome!

as for participants...we seemed like rally veterans rather than the true neophytes we were.

hope the 150+ meetings will get us a toe hold in congressional offices that had never heard of retrogression before! :)

pok from nc.

ps: back to lurking now.


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