CAIR-TX: DOWNTOWN IMMIGRATION RALLY
WHAT: "Mega-rally" calling for a legalization path for the country's 12 million illegal immigrants
WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. today at Dallas City Hall plaza on Young Street
WHY: The event commemorates a "mega-march" held last year by illegal immigrants and U.S. supporters that drew 350,000 to 500,000 people in Dallas. That march is believed to be the largest social protest in the history of Texas, surpassing a 1970 protest against the Vietnam War at the University of Texas. Speakers: Roman Catholic Bishop Charles Grahmann; Dallas lawyer Domingo García; Dallas City Council member Don Hill; Casey Thomas, Dallas president of the NAACP; Juan Hernández, author and former Mexican government official; and Tunde Obazee, a Nigerian immigrant and radio talk show host
Features: Citizenship education and know-your-rights booths and live music
Expected turnout: Organizers hope for at least 5,000 people. This year's gathering does not include a march.
ORGANIZERS: League of United Latin American Citizens, the Dallas Peace Center, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Dallas Area Interfaith and others
Transportation: Free parking at Henderson and Ross avenues. From there, DART busing will be available for a fee.
Other details: Organizers ask that supporters wear white shirts and bring U.S. flags and bottled water.