This is the lineup for Chicago’s immigration rallies, courtesy of the the Trib. I like the speakers. I like the speakers a whole lot.
10 a.m. — Two feeder marches will head toward Union Park, where a larger crowd will assemble to begin its march to Grant Park. The feeder marches will start at Milwaukee and Ashland Avenues on the North Side and Ashland Avenue and 19th Street on the South Side.
10:45 a.m. — At Union Park, scheduled speakers include U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and state Sen. Miguel del Valle (D-Chicago).
12 p.m. — Marchers will leave Union Park and head to Grant Park. Their route: east on Randolph Street to Haymarket Square, south on Desplaines Street, east on Jackson Boulevard, south on Columbus Drive, ending at Lower Hutchinson Field near Balbo Drive.
2 p.m. — Rally begins at Lower Hutchinson Field. Scheduled speakers include U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago).
Lookit. I wrote over the weekend that I think this is 2006’s gay marriage for Republicans, the issue they use to whip their base into a frenzy. However, that doesn’t mean I think the protesters should stop protesting, any more than I thought Gavin Newsom “lost” the 2004 elections for us.
What I do want is for us to be conscious of what Republicans are doing, and do EXACTLY THIS: stake out a clear and unified position on the right side of the issue, call out Republican racism for what it is, and be visible as the party standing up for all the people of America. No wishy-washing, no pandering to the crazies who ain’t voting for you anyway, no staking out a claim that’ll get you press but get your constituents shafted. Draw a line, pick your side, and fucking stay there. Let the hateful nutters howl themselves into exhaustion, register voters, and let’s get something done around here.