National bus tour promoting immigration reform stops over in SF 

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  • Vincent Pan, executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, speaks at a rally in Bakersfield on Wednesday.
A new national bus tour pushing immigration reform through fasting passengers stops in San Francisco today for a number of events inviting the public to rally around the issue.

The Fast for Families Across America Tour builds on its first fasting event that ended at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in December and will end with two buses converging back at the Capitol on April 9. The bus traveling from Los Angeles and arriving in San Francisco this morning includes Vincent Pan, executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, a civil-rights advocacy organization.

The main idea behind the tour is to garner support from Republican members of Congress on immigration reform, but outreach is also important in left-leaning cities like San Francisco, said Grace Lee, policy director for Chinese for Affirmative Action.

“I think we take for granted that it’s a liberal city, that we’re known as an immigration-friendly city,” she said. “Some of the smaller districts where the buses are stopping could use bus riders and support.”

At noon at the Federal Building, Pan and member organizations including Service Employees International Union Local 87, Causa Justa, and the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium will talk about the campaign and their reform efforts.

A forum will follow at 6 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist in the Mission district.

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Jessica Kwong

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Jessica Kwong covers transportation, housing, and ethnic communities, among other topics, for the San Francisco Examiner. She covered City Hall as a fellow for the San Francisco Chronicle, night cops and courts for the San Antonio Express-News, general news for Spanish-language newspapers La Opinión and El Mensajero,... more
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