March 16, 2007

Statewide Mobilization for Peace in Iraq, Immigration Reform, and Peace Among the Divergent Ethnic and Racial Communities

The National Alliance for Human Rights (NAHR), and other statewide organizations committed to the promotion of human rights, social justice, and empowerment will hold an “Anti-War, Pro-Immigration Reform, and Peace in Our Communities” March and Rally, on Saturday, March 17 in San Bernardino, California.

The March and Rally will start with a “pre-rally” at 11:30 a.m. at La Placita Park, located at the corner of 6th Street and Mount Vernon. The March will begin at Noon; proceed on Mount Vernon Ave to 5th Street, travel west on 5th Street to D Street to City Hall, located at 300 North “D” Street.

The March will culminate with a “Solidarity Rally” from 1 to 3pm to be held in front of the statue of Martin Luther King at City Hall. The rally’s program will include speakers, music, poetry readings, and other forms of entertainment. Tables will be set-up providing information on citizenship training, voter registration, and rights of undocumented workers should they be detained by ICE or the police.

According to Armando Navarro, NAHR Coordinator he stated that, “the significance of the Anti-War, Pro-Immigrant Rights, and Peace in our Communities Mobilization is that people from divergent ethni-cities and races will come together in a spirit of unity to demonstrate our deep concern on issues affecting our communities.”

Navarro added that the March and Rally objectives are:

• A call to our communities to participate in a national massive grass roots mobilization in Washington D.C. to ensure the participation of pro-immigrant advocates in the upcoming Congressional hearings on immigration reform being called by Majority leader, Senator Harry Reid and Speaker, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. Organizations will press with their demand that a humane and comprehensive immigration reform includes the legalization of the 12 million undocumented workers, and an end by the U.S. Congress of the historical exploitation of Mexican labor under this nation so called immigration policy.

• Coordinating with other organizations to hold teach-ins at universities and colleges, rallies, marches, and other forms of direct action in order to pressure the Democrats in Congress and the Bush Administration to take the necessary steps to force withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, along with the increasing possibilities of a U.S. War against Iran to coalesce with other organizations to bring an end to the Bush Quagmire in the Middle East.

• In conjunction with other organizations, leaders, and politicians call for a peace and conflict resolution summit to come up with the necessary steps to put a halt to the growing ethnic/racial conflicts in California. The NAHR already has organized education task for-ces to deal with the growing Latino/Black divide at the high school level.

In conclusion, the organizing committee stated that, “these are politically propitious times to foment people’s participation and we intend to use the “March 17th Mobilization” in San Bernardino to ignite the fires of activism on the issues of peace in Iraq, immigration reform, and peace in our communities.”

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