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Protest to ‘shut down’ downtown?

Post by News Tribune Staff on Oct. 31, 2007 at 9:08 am with No Comments »
October 31, 2007 9:08 am

Talk about a downtown protest about the Northwest Detention Center, a federal immigration prison on the Tideflats, has been brewing for a little bit. Here’s a link to a planning session about it, which includes this:

Downtown Will NOT have business as usual! We plan on shutting down the downtown area of Tacoma to send a very clear message that will be heard by all that we do not want this detention facility anywhere near us and our communities.

There will be a designated ‘Green Zone’ at S. 17th and Pacific on the corner and in the grassy park across from the art museum. In this area only 100% LEGAL forms of protest will be taking place! Bring puppets, musical instruments, signs, banners, creativity and passion. The rest of Downtown will be open to diverse and creative tactics!

It’s scheduled for Nov. 9 and 10, and I’ll be out there on the first day. I’m curious how many people truly will show. There’s a vibrant network of people and organizations opposing the county’s immigration policy, but are there enough to shut down downtown?

We’ll see.

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