As part of a “National Day of Action” for immigration reform, coalition of community, labor and advocacy groups will take to the streets of San Francisco starting at 3 p.m., organizer Jon Rodney said.
A march will begin outside the San Francisco office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein at 1 Post St. and will make a stop at the Four Seasons Hotel at 757 Market St., where marchers will briefly rally for workers’ rights, Rodney said.
They will then continue to the Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate Ave., where there will be a 5 p.m. demonstration.
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A handmade paper chain consisting of 1,000 paper flowers will be carried to an makeshift altar in front of the building to represent the approximately 1,000 deportations that occur in the U.S. every day, Rodney said.
Similar demonstrations are planned in Washington, D.C., and across the nation today to urge lawmakers to push through a comprehensive immigration reform package.
Rodney said reforms should include a better path to citizenship, protections for immigrant workers and changes to avoid having families split apart by deportations, among other measures.
“We want (lawmakers) to create that immigration process that this country has never had,” Rodney said.
A representative from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office will speak at the Federal Building rally.
A bipartisan group of Senators is expected to release a comprehensive immigration reform proposal later this week, according to news reports.
“There’s incredible momentum for immigrant rights,” Rodney said.
Sasha Lekach, Bay City News