We are always seeing pictures of riled-up protesters marching, parading signs demanding "fairness" and "justice." But how much do those protesters actually know about the issues they are protesting?
As it turns out, not much:
Yesterday at Chicago’s Union Park for the May Day march, I found group of protesters from the Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes (Street Vendors Association) holding signs from the Chicago Community and Workers’ Rights.
I asked one protester what her sign meant, and she said, “I don’t know.” She told me she didn’t speak English, but there was another girl (who I have seen around many Chicago protests) there who spoke Spanish, so I asked her to ask the woman in Spanish what her sign meant. Sadly the woman holding the sign still did not have an answer. After questioning another protester who also did not know why she was there, I asked if they were being paid to be at the protest. It was then that the translator told me “you don’t need to do that,” and a man came over to explain the different signs and shirts of the protesters.
The protesters in question are seen holding signs condemning the federal government's E-Verify program -- a free internet program used by employers to verify a worker's immigration status and whether he/she is eligible to work in the United States. The problem? None of them speaks English nor understands what their sign means.