On a bright, sunny fall day on the National Mall, thousands of immigrants—including many families with young children—union members and community and faith activists delivered a message to the lawmakers inside the U.S. Capitol, just blocks up the street: “The time is now” for a vote on comprehensive immigration reform with a road map to citizenship.
The Camino Americano concert and march for immigration reform included a peaceful action of civil disobedience when the immigrant, union and faith leaders and lawmakers, leading the march after the rally, staged a sit-down in front of the U.S. Capitol and took arrest. Among those taken into custody were AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, AFT President Randi Weingarten, UNITE HERE President D. Taylor, The Newspaper Guild-CWA (TNG-CWA) President Bernie Lunzer, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Secretary-Treasurer Annie Hill, María Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and several members of Congress.
Below are photos and tweets of the day’s action. You also can see more photos at America’s Voice here.
Immigration is an American value- it is part of our DNA-#timeisnow to stop tearing families apart and keeping people in the shadows— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) October 8, 2013