More than 300 demonstrators staged a protest march in San Francisco this afternoon, hoping to gain support for their cause: immigration reform.
Organizers said the event was staged in order to take advantage of the large march that occur ed in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, where more than 100,000 protested but were overshadowed by the health insurance reform debate, vote and protests in and around the Capitol.
The crowd gathers around the stage.
The protest started in Justin Herman plaza and later, marchers made their way to the downtown offices of U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Money). The march took place during the afternoon rush hour, bringing slowdowns and congestion to an already difficult commute.
While the protest march was disruptive and there was a noticeable police presence, no problems were reported.
According to San Francisco city law, "No protest is complete without a drum circle." (Just kidding.)
Immigration activists/protesters came from cities throughout the Bay Area.