The first major protests against illegal immigration legislation passed last week by the General Assembly will be a series of Holy Week “pilgrimages” across metro Atlanta, involving several Catholic churches.
A Monday march was to end this afternoon near the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department in Cumming. Special attention is being given to the “287(g)” counties of Hall, Gwinnett and Cobb, where law enforcement officials have been trained to run those arrested through federal databases to assess citizenship.
Tuesday’s march will begin in Lilburn and end in Duluth. Wednesday’s will begin on Buford Highway and end at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Briarcliff Road.
A Wednesday march in Cartersville will start at Douglas Street United Methodist Church and end at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. A Thursday march in Cobb will include a foot-washing service on the Marietta Square.
On Good Friday, marchers will begin at the state Capitol, and walk to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on Auburn Avenue.
An organizer, P.J. Edwards, said about 325 demonstrators participated in a similar effort last year.
– By Jim Galloway, Political Insider