In an incredible display of political might, thousands of people from across the state joined thousands more from Bakersfield today in a demonstration at Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office. Weeks of planning and preparations paid off today in this event of national significance. Leaders from nearly a dozen organizations spoke at the rally including SEIU’s Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina.
After the rally, the people marched out of the park on a route that passed Kevin McCarthy’s office. A hundred people broke away from the group to rally outside the Congressman’s office. The line of people was so long that people were returning to the park before everyone had left. We are certain that McCarthy heard our voice and knows it will only get louder as time goes on.
“Our broken immigration system tears families apart, crushes the dreams of young people and creates an underground economy that hurts all workers. A strong majority of Americans agree now is the time for immigration reform but some in Washington, DC just haven’t gotten the message. That’s why all summer we will be uniting to make our voices heard – in Congress and on the streets – until we finally have real immigration reform with a path to citizenship.”
– Mike Garcia, SEIU USWW President
“We’re here to tell Congressman McCarthy that the time is now to reform our broken immigration system and provide a path to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. As a leader within the House Republican leadership, Congressman McCarthy has a responsibility to encourage his colleagues to move forward on commonsense immigration reform. He was elected to lead and fix problems that impact his constituents, not to avoid or perpetuate them. We expect more and we hope he responds. But until he does, we will continue to remind him of his obligations.”
– Eliseo Medina, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer
Media coverage on this event:
San Jose Mercury News Immigration reform activists rally in Bakersfield
KBAK Bakersfield (TV) Big rally puts Bakersfield squarely in immigration spotlight
KERO Bakersfield (TV)
Monterey County Herald Monterey County residents join in Bakersfield immigration event
Ventura County Star Local immigrant advocacy groups caravan to Bakersfield rally
Marketplace.org Farm workers march for immigration reform
Salinas Californian Farm workers lobby for immigration reform