Thank you and congratulations to the labor, community, and faith organizations who marched down Mission Street to City Hall to highlight our commitment to Immigration Reform. It is clear our immigrant members, their families and our neighbors want a clear Path to Citizenship and feel that the political time is NOW to get this done in Washington, D.C.
May 1st, International Workers Day, was a day I was proud to be a San Franciscan. After the Aztec dancers, faith-leader blessings and warm-up chants (thank you Alfonso Pines from Unite-HERE Local 2 for leading!), I joined the march towards the front of the line. But as we approached City Hall I saw that many blocks of marchers were behind me and stepped to the sidewalk – along with many of the merchants who had come out of their stores – to see who was marching. Every friend, colleague, acquaintance, sometimes opponent, musician, chanter and elected leader from every stripe of San Francisco was marching.
Thanks to the great coalition and committee that organized this event. Thank you Amber Parrish Baur from the Labor Council, Olga Miranda from SEIU 87 who hosted the meetings and sign-making parties, and SEIU USWW, Jobs with Justice, SEIU 1021, Chinese for Affirmative Action, ACLU, CPA, Causa Justa and all our community partners for coming together!
Unity in San Francisco is a good thing but we need to stay diligent until good legislation is passed.
Thank you all for your commitment to the Movement.