Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Counter Protest

I get together with some of "the guys" on Monday nights for dinner. In light of yesterday's "Day Without Immigrants" shenanigans, we decided to visit one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in a fierce show of resistance. To our horror, our first choice of venues was actually closed! Fortunately, we have several Mexican places on our usual roster, and a workplace intelligence operation revealed that one of our other favorites was indeed open. So, although we were discouraged by the initial setback (you made a powerful enemy yesterday, "The Border"!), we ultimately succeeded in striking a triumphant blow in favor of ... filling our stomachs with tasty food.

On a slightly more serious note, it turns out that the boycott and demonstrations planned for Atlanta were quite underwhelming. For instance, the police prepared for something like 50,000 protesters down at the state Capitol, but only a few thousand actually showed up. And although there were several pockets of immigrant-owned businesses that closed for the day, a significant number stayed open. Of course, it's still too early to tell what the overall impact was.

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