May Day rally for immigration reform in SF

The Brass Liberation Orchestra played onstage while the march filtered into the plaza.

Hundreds gathered for a rally outside San Francisco City Hall on May 1, capping off a march that drew activists into the streets to commemorate International Workers Day. The events were organized by a broad coalition of immigrant rights advocates to call for improvements to the recently unveiled proposal for federal immigration reform, which will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. [More photos after the jump]

Olga Miranda of SEIU Local 87, the San Francisco Janitors Union, addressed the crowd. “I want to be able to recognize sheet metal workers, carpenters, laborers, hospital workers, housekeepers, domestic workers,” she said. “We are a proud economy. … All we want is for workers to be able to come out of the dark. We want to make sure that we are not exploited for the color of our skin, that we are not pushed into the darkness. We are Chinese, we are Arabic, we are Filipino, we are gay, we are transgender. We are workers! And comprehensive immigration reform needs to be inclusive.”

Activists from Causa Justa / Just Cause led the crowd in a unity chant in five different languages.


Putri Siti, an undocumented student from Indonesia, shared the story of when she and her family thought they might face deportation. “I am more than just an illegal. I am more than just undocumented. I’m a student. I’m a dancer. It doesn’t matter what paper I have. And now, I am proud to say, that I am undocumented, unafraid, unashamed,”  she said.



Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2013 @ 10:34 am

citizenship for many illegals, as long of course as they have jobs, no criminal record etc.

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2013 @ 10:46 am

Even seasoned immigration attorneys are scratching their heads over the requirement that applicants "be employed at the time of application for legalization, when by definition, applicants are prohibited from working lawfully."

Posted by Ana on May. 02, 2013 @ 10:52 am

Obviously the kind of illegal we want to legalize will be employed, can support themselves (and their family, as relevant) and must have no criminal record other than obviously the one of being here illegally.

I think the fix can be done and it will help many.

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2013 @ 11:02 am

Unclear, contradictory, and overly punitive. And the 'good' vs. 'bad' immigrant narrative is problematic. As Maegan "LaMala" blogs at VivirLatino,

“'Good' immigrants, according to the politicos and the mainstream media that parrots them, are the ones who follow the laws, and when they don’t face the consequences, in the form of raids, separation from families, deportation, incarceration and fear. “Good” immigrants work hard and don’t make too much noise. They don’t have more children then they can afford and they don’t live on welfare. They speak English and study hard and get good grades and try to go to college. Within this context there are bills. Bills so that “good” immigrants and their children can go to college and pay in-state rates (like the DREAM Act).

"But in order to have good you must have bad and it’s too easy for any person once deemed good to fall into the other category. The “bad” immigrants, like the ones portrayed in the ad above, test the compassion of people. They look like gang bangers and obviously cannot assimilate or fit in. The obviously “bad” ones commit horrible crimes only against “white” like rape and murder (because whites apparently don’t do things like that). More minor crimes aren’t placed in context like say poverty, racism or global policies.

"It’s this discourse that allows people to say they love immigrants and the nation of immigrants the United States is, while muttering under their breaths (but only the good ones). This is the same discourse that allows people to say things like 'I don’t see color', 'Some of my best friends are (insert race, ethnicity here)', and 'you’re so articulate for a (insert race, ethnicity here)'."

Posted by Ana on May. 02, 2013 @ 11:20 am

consequences of separation from family.

I love how people's choices need to be mitigated by the government.

What a weepy tired rant.

Posted by Matlock on May. 03, 2013 @ 12:03 am