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Protesters hope Bloody Sunday march sends message to lawmakers

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The annual march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge as part of Selma's Bridge Crossing Jubilee did more than commemorate Bloody Sunday--it gave one group a protesters hope for what they call a present-day civil rights struggle.

A glance at the front of the marching line and you might not notice anything different at this year's re-enactment.

Banners from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and regulars like Reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson led the pack.

But deep in the sea of marchers, were people like Amancia Carrera.

"We are fighting against this law because it's not right."

Carrera opposes HB 56--Alabama's new immigration law.

Joined by handfuls of others, she marched alongside civil rights activists of the 1960's in what she calls her own fight for civil rights.

"I want the solidarity with this history here. Because we are the same people. We are in the same fight."

Over the past few months anti HB-56 rallies have brought opponents of the state's new immigration law and African American civil rights activists together.

It's one reason Roberto Soldevilla and his family took part in the Bloody Sunday re-enactment.

"Joining forces and feeling that movement really makes us feel like a movement also...a civil rights movement."

Many in opposition to Alabama's new immigration law feel they can identify with folks who walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge 47 years ago. And now, they hope their actions years later bring change as well.

"They celebrate because they have success for fighting. We want success, too," adds Carrera.

Alabama lawmakers have already made tweaks to the immigration law during this legislative session. Although, many don't believe it will be fully repealed.

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