Protest March against HR4437 Immigration bill that Thoreau, Ghandi and MLK would have been proud of: 100,000 mostly Hispanic immigrants marched. Many carrying the American flag. According to the police there were no incidents. None. What struck me is how relatively quiet the whole thing was. There were some chants ("Yes, we can win" and "Decent wages")but for the most part they just marched. Old people, young people, mothers pushing strollers with the other kids walking along side. Couples old and young holding hands. Contrsuction workers with their hard hats. Waiters, busboys and cooks with their aprons on. Houskeepers in their uniforms. This was also a massive excercise in civil disobedience: Thousands of high school kids walked out of school to attend. Businesses closed down because their workers were headed downtown to march. This was supposed to a minor event: A brief march follwed by a rally in Federal Plaza. But as word spread it swelled into a two mile long procession. And then it was over. The streets cleared, commuters groused and suddenly it was Friday evening in the Loop again. . . . . . .