Maritza Martinez, center, hand on railingThe crowd began assembling at noon, with banderas (flags)of Guatemala, El Salvador and other nations, and cries of "Arriba Hispanos!"
"The downtown is closed," Martinez said to cheers.
Many protesters carried handmade signs.
Taxpayers, not "bad hombres"
Pastor Henry GramajoSpeakers gave blessings and led chants such as, "Latinos unidos jamas seran vencidos,." Latinos united will never be defeated.
Telemundo recorded the event.
View from City Hall.People continued to gather on the sidewalks on both sides of Watchung Avenue and on the grounds around the plaza. Plainfield's rally was one of many across the nation to remind the public and government leaders of immigrants' contributions, as well as their rights and concerns. In solidarity, we say, "Arriba los Hispanos!"