12 noon EST Wednesday in Washington, D.C.: Large-scale civil disobedience by immigrants and advocates expected
Washington, D.C.—Farm workers, other immigrants, activists and allies are traveling from California to join mass protests at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 6 demanding the Republican-controlled Congress honor commitments made by key GOP lawmakers to enact legislation letting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients stay in the U.S. after Donald Trump ended the program in September and turned over resolution of the issue to Congress. The bipartisan Dream Act would provide relief from deportation for nearly 800,000 Dreamers.
United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez is joining a delegation of 11 UFW Foundation members from Salinas, Oxnard and the Central Valley at the Capitol Hill demonstrations that are expected to attract about 15,000 people. All but one from the delegation are DACA recipients who are or have been working in the fields or are the children of farm workers. UFW Foundation members for months have been pressing U.S. Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) to sign the discharge petition that would require GOP leaders to permit a vote on the House floor over the Dream Act.
Hundreds of the protesters are expected to court arrest by engaging in the largest act of civil disobedience yet organized by immigrant rights groups.
Meantime, Central Valley immigrants, immigrant rights activists and their family members will gather for a simultaneous protest at Rep. Valadao’s Hanford district office at 10 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. It is located at 101 No. Irwin St. #110b, Hanford, CA 93230.
Who: UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez, a delegation of 11 UFW Foundation members from Salinas, Oxnard and the Central Valley.
What: Joining demonstrations at the U.S. Capitol drawing about 15,000 people demanding the GOP-controlled Congress enact the Dream Act letting DACA recipients remain the U.S. after Donald Trump ended the program.
When: Events begin at 12 noon EST on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.
Where: Upper Senate Park, Capitol Hill, 200 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001