Nearly 100k people rally for commonsense immigration reform

Immigration Rally

Nearly 100,000 people took to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday (April 10) to send a clear message to Congress: “The Time is Now” for comprehensive immigration reform.

The crowd remained charged through a succession of speakers who included faith leaders, mixed-status families, members of Congress, labor leaders, community activists, celebrity singers and others.

Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon who as a student marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, unexpectedly showed up during the early part of the rally. Addressing the crowd, he compared today’s struggle for justice for immigrants to the larger struggle for social and economic justice for all people.

CFA passed a resolution earlier this year supporting comprehensive immigration reform.

While thousands rallied at the Capitol Building in Washington DC, thousands more were taking action in their own communities across the country including many events right here in California:

• In Los Angeles over 700 members of local labor community and their allies hosted a march and rally to Senator Diane Feinstein’s office with the message that the time is now to act on reform, while encouraging the Senator to step out as a leader on the issue. Coverage can be found here and here.

• In Bakersfield and San Bernardino, workers held press conferences and then hit the streets to conduct a voter registration drive. Learn more here, here, and here.

• In Oakland, the local labor community hosted an event calling for reform with a pathway to citizenship.

• In Berkeley, 200 people from labor and the community held a march and candlelight vigil for comprehensive immigration reform that included the “Bring Rodrigo Home” Kids for Kids campaign of 4th grade students from Jefferson School BUSD.  View Rodrigo’s story and to sign his petition.

• In San Diego, local SEIU affiliates including delivered over 500 postcards to Senator Feinstein’s office in support of immigration reform.

• In San Jose, an interfaith prayer breakfast was held followed by a noontime rally with local youth calling for action to fix the broken immigration system. See photos here.

• In San Francisco, unions and allies marched held a rally with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi at the Federal Building and calling on Senator Feinstein to support comprehensive immigration reform. Read more here.