Poets to protest on Capitol Hill

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Protesters from California join Arizonans at the state capitol building for a demonstration against Arizona's immigration enforcement law SB 1070 on July 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Immigration activists plan to gather Saturday on the steps of the US Capitol. They want to wield a mighty weapon: poetry.

This poem is dedicated to the nine students who chained themselves this past April to the doors of the Arizona capitol during a protest against the state's immigration law SB 1070:

"Brothers and sisters
from afar
we can hear your heartbeats
they are the drums of the earth."

California native Francisco Aragon and poets from across the country will read their work during what they call a “floricanto.”

"Your voice
your actions
your courage cannot be taken away from us
and put in jail."

They’ll use verse to express concern over the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the failure of Congress to pass the immigration bill known as the Dream Act.

"We all are humans
just like you
we are no criminals"

Congress won’t be in session to hear the recitations, but the poets have another reason to stick around the nation’s capital: an annual national conference for writers and writing programs.

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