I must say, though, the increasingly large demonstrations have finally caught my eye. What really grabbed my attention this morning was a front page story in my local newspaper, noting that there was a march in
I hadn’t expected that, so I wondered what had happened in the rest of
Thousands of marchers also took to the streets in Liberal, Garden City,
Dodge City, Emporiaand . Topeka
Across the state, Hispanic businesses closed, students skipped classes and workers walked away from jobs to join the rallies.
, 1,500 people marched through the streets and past Tyson Meats, where many are employed, heckling some workers who declined to join the protest. Emporia
school district reported a 23 percent absentee rate for the day, contrasting with 5 percent on an average day. Emporia
More than 3,000 people turned out in Garden City for a rally sponsored jointly by Hispanic unity organizations, religious leaders and the Tyson Workers' Council, supporters of a union organization effort at the company's beef-packing plant at Holcomb.
, Creekstone Farms, a meatpacking plant, gave workers the day off to join rallies of their choice. Hispanics and their supporters gathered at Wilson Park on Monday afternoon for a march to City Hall. Arkansas City
Rusty Wright, human resources director for Creekstone, said about 75 percent of Creekstone's 750 workers are Hispanic.
Wichita-based Cargill Meat Solutions, which employs about 14,700 workers in five states, said there was a noticeable slowdown in production at its largest plant, in
. Dodge City
See other reports on Garden City,
Meanwhile, The Eagle and Wichita TV station, KWCH, sponsored a four-question SurveyUSA poll, that found only 31 percent of Kansans support a guest worker program. Those surveyed were almost evenly split on whether immigrants take jobs away from Americans or do jobs we won’t do. Overwhelming majorities said the
The Eagle has a special section on the issue with both Kansas and national perspective here.