16th Annual Immigrant Day Draws Hundreds to Sacramento

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16th annual Immigrant Day Draws Hundreds to Sacramento: Diverse communities rally behind theme: “One California,”; Call on state to lead the nation with inclusive policies

What: Busloads of immigrants from San Diego to San Francisco will converge in Sacramento for the 16th annual Immigrant Day. Following a morning rally, community groups will meet with scores of legislative offices.

When and where:

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM. Rally, North Steps of Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Legislative visits (Lunch and entertainment from 12:30 – 1:30 PM)

Who: Several hundred participants from San Diego, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, Fresno, Visalia, the Sacramento Region, and the Bay Area. Rally speakers include (partial list):

  • Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D- SF) and Senator Kevin De León (D – LA).
  • Aparna Shah, Director of Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (Master of Ceremonies)
  • Isaura Garcia, Domestic violence survivor from LA nearly deported due to controversial “Secure” Communities program. CHIRLA member, ACLU client, speaking re TRUST Act, AB 1081.
  • Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations SF Bay Area (AB1964)
  • Neira Ortega, Domestic Worker with MUA in Oakland (AB 889)
  • Juan Carlos Carrillo, UNEI and May 1st Committee, Fresno (SB 1064)
  • Kang Nam Lee, Korean Resource Center (SB 1313)

Media visuals: Colorful signs and banners, legislators formally signing policy platform

Local interview opportunities: Buses depart from Los Angeles (Sunday May 20 – 10:00 LA, 11:00 PM Santa Ana) and San Francisco/Oakland (7:30 AM Monday in the Mission; 8:00 AM Oakland.) Vans depart from: Inland Empire; Fresno (5:45 AM Monday); San Jose (7:00 AM), A delegation of San Diego community leaders will also join Immigrant Day. For interview opportunities please contact Jon Rodney at 510-207-9520.

Sacramento, CA—On Monday, May 21 at 10:00 AM, hundreds of Californians will gather on the North Steps of the State Capitol to urge their legislators to support a platform of bills that recognize the contributions of immigrant Californians. The bills present solutions to issues ranging from public safety and family unity to workers rights, religious freedom, and consumer protections.

Building on the previous year’s passage of positive legislation in California, this year’s event comes as immigrant communities across the nation anxiously await the US Supreme Court ruling in the case of Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB 1070.

“This year, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over immigrant communities from coast to coast. We need California to be the light that breaks through the clouds,” said Reshma Shamasunder, Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. “We’re seeing more and more families broken up through deportation, and we’re seeing hard-working people facing discrimination and exclusion from basic protections. On Monday, we come together to celebrate California’s diversity and to say proudly that we are One California. As a state, we can do better.”

Each May for the past 16 years, immigrant communities and supporters from around California have traveled to Sacramento to visit their legislators and raise awareness about the critical issues facing California’s immigrants, who now make up more than a third of the state’s workforce and a quarter of its population.

The 2012 Immigrant Day policy platform is available here. Top priorities include:

  • AB 1081 (Ammiano) – TRUST Act
  • AB 889 (Ammiano) – Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
  • AB 1964 (Yamada) – Workplace Religious Freedom Act
  • SB 1064 (De Leon) – Reuniting Immigrant Families Act
  • SB 1313 (Lieu) – Protecting New Health Care Enrollees from Fraud & Deceptive Marketing

Re the State Budget, community members are urging the legislators to reject the Governor’s proposal to restructure the CalWORKs program.

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Below: KRC members pose with Senator Kevin De Leon after a legislative visit.

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