On Wednesday, April 10, a rally in Bakersfield supported the national day of action on Commonsense Immigration Reform. The largest rally in Washington DC attracted thousands of people and was echoed in cities all over California and in 18 other states. The Bakersfield event was hosted by the Kern Coalition for Citizenship, an umbrella organization for SEIU Local 521 and 1000, the Dolores Huerta Foundation, United Farm Workers Foundation and dozens of other groups. They registered nearly one hundred new supportive voters in Congressman McCarthy’s district at the rally and during a precinct walk afterwards.
We are calling on Congress to support a comprehensive solution to fix our broken immigration system – one that raises the quality of jobs for all workers, keeps families together and creates a realistic roadmap to citizenship for hardworking people.
Lori de Leon from the Dolores Huerta Foundation said, “It is very important that people have and are afforded the same rights that everybody else enjoys, in terms of becoming citizens and enjoying the laws that protect us.”
In addition to speakers from SEIU Local 521, others spoke about other aspects of immigration including issues for veterans who fought for America but still have trouble becoming citizens. Duane Goff, from the American GI Forum, talked at length about the conditions faced by our veterans who don’t have a pathway to citizenship. “These are people who are willing to die for this country and we’re still not willing to give them a chance at citizenship.”
In Fresno, over 100 members of SEIU Local USWW, Local 521, and allies rallied and marched from Representative Costa’s office, ending at Senator Diane Feinstein’s office. Read more here.
In Hollister and also in Watsonville, SEIU Locals and MFV held a candlelight vigil in support of immigration reform.