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FI2W Video: The Voices of Immigrant New Yorkers at May Day Rallies for Immigration Reform

Feet In 2 Worlds contributor Sooyeon Kim covered the immigration rallies that took place Friday in Manhattan.

The earlier Madison Square Park rally, which featured a text messaging campaign, was attended by immigrants from many different backgrounds. Kim reports:

Despite the pouring rain, hundreds of immigrant rights supporters started marching at 6 p.m. to City Hall, flaunting flags and chanting, calling for immigration reform.

You can read our story about the Madison Square Park rally here.

Kim later covered the second rally, which met in Union Square. Here’s a slideshow with images from both demonstrations.

You can see another FI2W video from the Union Square rally here.

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FI2W Video: New York March for Worker and Immigrant Rights in Union Square

A second pro-immigration reform rally took place in New York in Union Square on Friday. While attendance was sparse in the early afternoon, more activist groups had arrived by the time speeches and performances begun at 4 pm, amid chants of “Sí, se puede” (“Yes, we can”.)

Rain came soon and forced protesters to duck under blue tarps or even their own banners and picket signs. Many did not leave. “Although the rally filled the plaza on the south end of the park, the attendance was nowhere near the numbers we saw in 2006 or even last year,” reports Feet in 2 Worlds senior producer Jocelyn Gonzales, who created the video below.

Read about the other march for immigration reform that took place in New York on Friday.

New York Buzzing With Excitement: T-Shirt Vendors Proclaim Obama The Winner

NEW YORK – Aswini Anburajan, FI2W reporter

Union Square is buzzing with vendors and election volunteers. There are even people from Comedy Central who are handing out buttons for the cable channel’s “Indecision 2008.” Some of the vendors have proclaimed an early victory for Obama, selling T-shirts that proclaim him the winner of today’s election.

Though it wasn’t St. Patrick’s day, one vendor sold bright green t-shirts with shamrocks in the place of a heart to show support for Obama.

I’ve yet to see a McCain sign or meet a voter who is voting for him.

Lorraine Guest stands near the subway entrance in Union Square handing out fliers about Obama. She’s the president of her local AFSCME union and has been knocking doors for the senator from Illinois in Pennsylvania.

Guest said that she hit the polls early this morning, but the line was three blocks long near her home on 92nd street between Amsterdam and Columbus.

Up in Harlem, long lines continued until noon, as people came during their lunch breaks to vote. Those who came out of the polls shouted encouragement to those waiting, telling them to hold on and not give up and go home.