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El Dia 28 de Enero se dio un gran paso para la reinvidicacion de los derechos civiles especialmente para la comunidad latina. Ese dia se reunio una gran multitud en la catedral de San Francisco, California. Fueron aproximadamente 2000 personas venidas de diferentes organizaciones pro-inmigrantes y defensores de los derechos civiles del area de la bahia tales como PICO–PIA. (People Improving Communities through Organizing/Peninsula Interfaith Action).
Esta accion fue en protesta contra el programa federal llamado S-COMM “Comunidades Seguras” que se quiere aplicar al estado de California. Que con su sutil nombre es abiertamente un programa anti-inmigrante usado por ICE para la deportacion y separacion de familias de nuestra comunidad latina. Este programa funcionaria asi: la policia local aprovechando el perfil racial solicitaria documentos a las personas para verificiar su estado migratorio y al verificar que es una persona indocumentada. Esta seria detendida y derivada al departamento de ICE para su proceso inmediato de deportacion, accion injusta y cruel.
Fue grata mi sorpresa al saber que muchas autoridades religiosas de San Francisco como el arzobispo Niederauer apoyan nuestra causa justa y nuestras voces de protesta han sido y seran escuchadas. !!!!SEGUIMOS EN LA LUCHA!!!!
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On January 28th, a big step was taken towards the reinstatement of civil rights, especially for the latin community. On this day, a large group met in the cathedral in San Francisco, California. Approximately 2,000 people came from different pro-immigration organizations and groups that defend civil rights throughout the Bay Area such as PICO-PIA (People Improving Communities through Organizing/Peninsula Interfaith Action).
This meeting was to protest the federal program called S-COMM “Secure Communities” that was approved by the state of California. With its subtle name it’s actually an openly anti-immigration program used by ICE to deport and separate families from our community. The program works like this: the local police take advantage of racial profiling to ask for documentation from people to verify their legal status and check if they are undocumented. Then they would be detained by ICE and begin the immediate process of deportation, an injust and cruel response.
To my great suprise, many religious from San Francisco like the Archbishop Niederauer supported our just cause and our voices of protest were heard and will continue to be heard. !!!!SEGUIMOS EN LA LUCHA!!!!
On Monday, the Day Worker Center received a visit from Notre Dame High School. There was a large group of students in various Spanish classes who came to talk to and interview the workers in addition to sharing a meal. While I did not sit in on the interviews, I did see the effect it had on the workers.
There were more smiles. I could see people getting animated as they shared their life story, their triumphs, their hardships, and why they came to this country. I think that many times, while waiting for a week to get one day of work, some of the workers may think that nobody cares or realizes what they do to earn a living. They get discouraged when nobody notices what an impact they have on this community.
But Monday was different. Having the students come to ask questions about their lives made a difference. It showed that people actually care and are willing to take the time to learn about people who are different from them. Staying within our own social groups–that is easy. But making the effort to learn and understand someone else’s culture and lifestyle does not just change one’s perspective–it makes life more worthwhile.
Have you ever heard any of these comments? “I don’t feel like going to school today.” “Midterms are such a pain.” “I just can’t wait to graduate and be done.” It has struck me how much we take our education for granted here in the United States. We dread going to school, doing homework, or taking tests, but we seldom realize what an opportunity we have been given to learn.
Not so with Wilber. I was talking to him the other day, and he told me how much he had always wanted to continue with school. He has only an elementary school education from his country, but he has never given up on the dream of learning. “I want to be an engineer,” he tells me. “I love drawing up plans by hand.” He hopes to continue his education so that he could one day design buildings.
Ana is also learning. It was only yesterday that I helped her obtain her first email address. She wants to be able to keep up with modern technology, so she is learning how to use a computer for the first time. Her fingers hesitantly brush over the keyboard as they search for the correct letters. One by one she finds them and slowly types out her very first email. It only says “Hola,” but what an accomplishment it is for someone who previously had no computer skills.
What has inspired me during my time at the center is how much people like Wilber and Ana want to learn something completely new. They may not have had every opportunity presented to them, but they do not use that as an excuse.