Immigration reform supporters in San Francisco joined others across the state and nation for rallies aimed at shaping the national immigration debate and pressuring Congress to grant a path toward citizenship for immigrants living here illegally.
A coalition of community, labor and advocacy groups took to city streets starting at 3 p.m., organizer Jon Rodney said. A march began outside the San Francisco office of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein at 1 Post St. and ended outside the old federal building at 450 Golden Gate Ave., where demonstrators made a paper chain consisting of 1,000 paper flowers and a makeshift altar to represent the approximately 1,000 deportations that occur in the U.S. every day, Rodney said.
Elsewhere, several hundred people demonstrated peacefully outside the Los Angeles office of Feinstein and about 50 activists gathered for a prayer breakfast at a church in San Jose. In Berkeley, a vigil was held at the University Avenue pedestrian crossing above Interstate 80.
Some 100 to 150 people also chanted, “We are people! We are not illegal!” at a noon rally and march to the federal building in Oakland, according to an Oakland Tribune report.
Demonstrations also took place in other states and in Washington, D.C. — Wire report