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Speakers from Santa Cruz Rally Against HR 4437
About 500 people rallied at the Santa Cruz County Building, before a march to Beach Flats Park, to express outrage against HR 4437; one of many anti-immigrant bills making its way through Congress. HR 4437 would make it a felony offense to be in the U.S. without proper documentation. This would push undocumented immigrants further underground, and increase the potential for exploitation by employers. This bill would also criminalize nurses, teachers, clergy, social workers, and anyone else who aids, assists, or otherwise has regular contact with undocumented immigrants. Below are the voices of some who spoke at the rally. (Thanks to Josh and Bradley for the text)
Tomas Alejo of the Watsonville Brown Berets, talks about the community organizing in solidarity to defeat HR 4437.
Yadira Ramirez, a member of the Watsonville Brown Berets
Sandra Molina, a politics major at UCSC, speaks in Spanish and English about the need for more participation from immigrant communities in the political process
Anonymous woman speaks in Spanish and English about how the US/Mexico border criminalizes people.
Lilia and Nidia, of UCSC MEChA
Anonymous man speaks about the importance of defeating HR 4437
UCSC professor John Brown Childs