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The kick-off rally for the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in Chicago drew a large, diverse crowd. Organizers put the total at 3,000, though my guess would have been 1,500 or so.

The rally was held on a sunny Saturday morning. Community groups, such as ACORN and the Illinois Hunger Coalition were particularly well represented, but there were large union contingents from SEIU, UNITE!, HERE, IBEW among others.

There were counter demonstrators across Dearborn as well. These were the relatively sane folks. Later their numbers doubled with folks carrying "Free Matt Hale" signs and even a huge Nazi flag. Yes, they even chanted "Seig Heil!" for extended periods.

Some of the rally participants were.... colorful.

Politics never ceases. Here Teamsters Local 705's Jerry Zero confers with ACORN's Madeline Talbott.

We were nothing if not ethnic at the rally. 

As anyone in politics can tell you, the devil is in the details.

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