8 am — While the weekend reports on television told us that the Los Angeles rally would be to the west of us, the Los Angeles Times reported this morning that the first rally is on Broadway leading to the civic center, just blocks to the east. The rally is scheduled to start at noon and Broadway will be closed at 9 am. They expect it to affect all the East-West traffic in downtown. We head out the door in one car in case traffic and parking is bad.
9 am — There was no traffic on the route into LA. Not even spring break traffic was this light. We saw one Jack in the Box closed. Other businesses were open, even as we passed by many Latino businesses. The barricades were just being placed along Broadway.
11:30 am — We slipped out for lunch. People are arriving for the rally now, dressed in white shirts, getting out of buses and cars in groups. There were a few American flags. Most carried nothing. I saw a cab with large ribbons the color of the Mexican flag tied into bow on the roof. Biggest surprise — there are a lot of families with small children.
1 pm — The radio reports that Broadway is covered with people. Looking out my window, this is not media hype. Broadway is filled like Times Square on New Year’s Eve. People are walking north towards the civic center. There’s no spillover onto the side streets, at least 5 blocks south, where I can see. Two points of note:
Parallel to Broadway, people are walking in the opposite direction on Hill. To get to the beginning of the rally and do the whole walk? It’s hard to tell. I don’t see anyone at the Broadway intersections within my view redirecting them.
A line of five police cars with sirens blaring headed north on Hill towards the civic center.
2 pm — Pajamas Media has a couple of reliable bloggers on the ground with reports consistent with what I have observed:
They were joyful, they were non-violent (at least as far as we could see) and they were well-organized. A lot of the organization from the downtown demonstration came, alas, from ANSWER and their extremist ilk, but that didn’t stop us from being moved by the demonstrators and their earnest desire to be Americans and to find honest work here.
2:15 pm — Broadway is clear and the number of people headed south on Hill is increasing. There’s no permit for Hill and traffic is not blocked off. People and cars are intermingling dangerously. Is this just the exit from the rally? People headed to Wilshire to start walking towards the next rally?