Rallies relaunched on immigrant issue

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAcross California, more than 20 events were planned for today, ranging from a rally in Bakersfield to a ceremony in San Diego dedicated to immigrants who have died while trying to cross the border illegally. In Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony, who has been at the forefront of the Catholic Church’s calls for activism in support of illegal immigrants, planned to lead a candlelight vigil. In Georgia, where the governor is expected to sign a bill that would require verification of legal status before adults could reap many state-administered benefits, as many as 30,000 people were expected to march in an Atlanta protest, said organizer Adelina Nicholls. Her group, Alianza 17 de Marzo, staged a work stoppage last month. Atlanta marchers have been asked to carry only U.S. flags because organizers fear waving Mexican flags or other Mexican symbols would inflame what they perceive as anti-immigrant public sentiment, Nicholls said. Religious groups nationwide have been coordinating the protests in recent weeks, along with dozens of unions, schools and civil rights organizations. LOS ANGELES – The protests that drew national attention to the future of an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants are being relaunched, even though sweeping reform legislation has stalled on Capitol Hill. Weeks ago, organizers picked today for dozens of demonstrations nationwide, a signal that what began as a string of disparate events – attracting tens and even hundreds of thousands of people – has become more coordinated. “We don’t have a leader like Martin Luther King or Cesar Chavez, but this is now a national immigrant-rights movement,” said Joshua Hoyt, director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, which has helped organize Chicago-area rallies. Activists say the Senate’s decision last week not to push a bill that would have given many illegal immigrants a chance at citizenship is not a lost opportunity but a chance to regroup. And that’s what they plan to do at demonstrations from Florida to Oregon that include school demonstrations and marches in major cities. last_img read more