On October 8, 2013 twenty activists from New Haven and Hartford traveled to the Washington, DC to join nearly 15,000 immigrant rights advocates from across the country for the “Camino Americano” March for Dignity & Respect. Taking part in a 200-person civil disobedience to push for fair immigration reform were members of CCNE, CT Citizen Action Group (CCAG), the New Haven People’s Center, New Haven Rising, UNITE HERE at Yale, Students Unite Now (SUN), CT Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA) and more.
Eight members of Congress, including civil rights icon John Lewis, were arrested alongside labor leaders, DREAMERS (undocumented students), religious leaders and activists from across the country.
The October 8th “Camino Americano” or American Road event was the national culmination of over 150 events held in hundreds of cities across the U.S. on Saturday, October 5 (#OCT5) aimed at pushing for comprehensive immigration reform.
Earlier this year, immigration appeared to be a top priority on Capitol Hill, but has since fallen to the back burner as the shutdown and other issues dominate the news cycle and congressional calendar.
CCNE and the estimated 15,000 participants in the October 8th march and action hoped to pressure Congress to act on immigration reform this year.
(LEFT) Rev. Adelaida Moreno, a co-chair of the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care
(ABOVE) Activists spell out “CONGRESS GET TO WORK: AMERICA NEEDS IMMIGRATION REFORM”
Sampling of media coverage of the march and arrests:
NH Independent: 20 [from New Haven] Arrested at D.C. Immigration Protest
New York Times: 8 Lawmakers Arrested at Immigration Protest
(LEFT) Photo courtesy of Reform Immigration FOR America