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Rally to support immigrant rights comes to La Crosse riverfront

Brad Williams

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A demonstration to support immigrants in the Coulee Region brought a few dozen people to La Crosse’s Riverside Park on Tuesday, after a march from the Cass Street bridge.

The event was part of the March to Victory-Relay Across America, sponsored by the action group Voces de la Frontera.

People taking part in the event from Wisconsin and Minnesota carried signs reading “I Am an Essential Worker” and “I Stand with Essential Workers.”

At the Riverside bandshell, spectators heard from immigrants, who called for more rights or for an easier way to achieve citizenship.

Many of the speakers addressed the crowd in both English and Spanish, including La Crosse County Board chair Monica Kruse, who is an immigrant herself, having moved to the U.S. with her family from Germany when she was 14.

Demonstrators carried a large decorative torch with a mock flame, which is being taken from one rally to another during the action campaign.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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