An estimated 7,000 – 8,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Charlotte yesterday as part of the nationwide ‘Day Without Immigrants’ movement.
The afternoon gathering was organized in peaceful opposition to recent Trump administration policies that affect immigrant populations.
To demonstrate the economic power of the immigrant community, flyers circulated online called on participants to:
- Not go to work
- Not open their businesses
- Not shop in stores or online
- Not dine in restaurants
- Not buy gasoline
- Not go to class
- Not send children to school
According to local Spanish-language paper Que Pasa Mi Gente, more than 250 Charlotte businesses closed for the day.
Las Delicias, a bakery on Central Avenue founded by Mexican immigrants, posted about its plan to close on Facebook earlier this week.
The protest started with a rally in Marshall Park before marching through Uptown.
The crowd shouted “USA! USA!” as well as chants in English and in Spanish. One of the more frequent, “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido,” means “The people united will never be defeated.”