Bakersfield protest of McCarthy one of 50 events in 27 states urging Biden to dismantle Trump’s anti-immigrant policies
UFW & UFW Foundation campaign helps kick off nationwide actions
Bakersfield, Calif.—The United Farm Workers and the UFW Foundation are joining in launching “We Are Home,” a nationwide campaign urging incoming President-elect Joseph R. Biden to reverse Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. In partnership with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), the UFW and UFW Foundation are hosting a rally and news briefing at 1 p.m. on today (Tuesday) outside the Bakersfield district office of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a consistent apologist for what farm workers see as Trump’s cruel and racist immigration agenda.
The event outside McCarthy’s office is part of a national effort consisting of at least 50 events in 27 states across the country that will formally launch in early 2021. Similar actions are taking place in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State and Wisconsin. Today is the first joint effort of the new We Are Home coalition.
The campaign focuses on three primary goals—undoing Trump administration policies such as family separation, building a new immigration system that gives immigrants the ability to apply for permanent legal status and passing federal legislation that creates a roadmap to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. In California, the UFW Foundation is also a part of the Yes, Immigrants Forward campaign, which also focuses on passing permanent protections from deportations for undocumented immigrants on a regional scale. UFW Foundation is the largest provider of immigration legal services in rural California.
What: Rally, news briefing and car caravan to Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s office launching in Bakersfield the national We Are Home campaign and the statewide Yes, to Immigrants Forward effort.
Who: Edith Mata, UFW Foundation member; Vicente Reyes, Bakersfield College student, DACA recipient and UFW Foundation member; Bryan Osorio, mayor-elect of Delano; Rotzely Garcia, undocumented high school student; Mario Perez, immigrant formerly detained at a federal facility in Adelanto; plus farm workers, immigrants and their allies.
When: 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
Where: Outside Rep. Kevin McCarthy's district office, 4100 Empire Dr., Suite 150, Bakersfield 93309
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