Friday, April 4, 2014

The face of immigration reform continues, and it affects us locally

CBS San Francisco, 4/3/14. "San Francisco women participate in month-long hunger strike to push for immigration reform."

Hope for a better tomorrow
 ....   "As part of a national hunger strike, Women’s Fast for Families, organized by the group We Belong Together, groups of women in more than 30 U.S. cities as well as Mexico City are taking turns holding one-day hunger strikes in their respective cities, according to the group’s website.  The San Francisco hunger strike began at 9 a.m. Thursday, according to Claudia Reyes, a workers’ rights organizer at the non-profit group Mujeres Unidas Y Activas.

....  Among the women fasting in San Francisco Thursday is 27-year-old Nancy Arroyo a member of La Colectiva, a women’s collective and house cleaning business in San Francisco.  Arroyo’s reason for participating in the hunger strike is to unite her own family. “My husband was deported and we haven’t seen him in five years,” Arroyo said, adding that her daughter is about to turn 8 years old and has not been able to see her father since she was 2.

.... The fast will come to an end at 9 a.m. on Friday, followed by a rally at 1 Post St. in San Francisco at 11 a.m.  A group of Bay Area women, including Reyes, also plan to attend the culmination of the national initiative in Washington D.C. with a 48-hour hunger strike April 7-9 beginning at 11 a.m. on the National Mall."  Read article.

Reference - We Belong Together, "women for common sense immigration reform".  Note:  photograph by Ryan Rodrick Beiler photography from sojourners, faith in action social justice.

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

I have always said the ones who are here make them citizens, put them on the books and make taxpayers out of them.

Better to make money off them than have them all be drags on the economy.

Anonymous said...

If he was deported he must of broke the law more than once. We are very, very lenient with our undocumented. I know for a fact. I also know that they way to get deported is if you keep making the same mistake over and over.

Dan Murray said...

@9:41. Do you really believe that making undocumented immigrants citizens is going to make taxpayers out of them? If they are already a part of the large "cash society" that is prevalent in the construction (and other)industry, not much chance, imo, that there will be any incentive to then declare such income on a tax return.There might be other reasons/rationale to legalize undocumented immigrants, but increased tax revenue is likely on the low end of the spectrum.