A fierce group of workers, with union, faith, and community leaders are launching a 3-day fast starting Tuesday, June 11th through Friday, June 14th to raise awareness about the devastating impacts of ICE’s I-9 audits.
Hundreds of workers have been fired from their jobs in recent weeks from Bay Area companies including: DoBake Bakery in Oakland, Mi Pueblo Food Center in Oakland, Waste Management in Oakland, and Albañese Construction in San Jose.
Workers and their allies will set up camp at three different locations starting Tuesday, June 11th. They will be on a water-only basis and will benefit tremendously from community outpouring of support and love. Please come out any time between 12pm and 9pm Wednesday & Thursday in Oakland (Tues in San Jose). Details below.
Tuesday, June 11th, @ Cesar Chavez Park, S. Market St., San Jose
12 Noon – opening press conference
6PM – live feed and visuals opportunity – community gathering
6AM (following morning) – live feed and visuals opportunity – fasters begin the day by talking about the human cost of the firings
Wednesday, June 12th, @ Mi Pueblo Market, 1630 High St., Oakland
12 Noon – press conference
6PM – live feed and visuals opportunity – community gathering – poetry slam, music, Aztec dancers
6AM (following morning) – live feed and visuals opportunity – fasters begin the day by talking about the firings taking place at Mi Pueblo markets
Thursday, June 13th, Oakland Federal Bldg. 1301 Clay St., Oakland
12 Noon – press conference with Bay Area elected officials
6PM – live feed and visuals opportunity – community gathering with music and vigil by religious and labor members
6AM (following morning) – live feed and visuals opportunity – fasters begin the fast’s day by talking about the immigration reform bill and local demands to stop the firings
Here’s what you can do to support:
- Join the Fast:
- Come to the press conference at 12pm on Wed & Thursday in Oakland
- Come to the 6pm Community Solidarity Gathering at Mi Pueblo on Wed, and Federal Building on Thursday for music, poetry, and dance to feed our spirits and uplift the fasters.
- Call your Congressional Representative and tell them to call DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and urge her to put a stop to the I-9 audits.
D.C. Numbers for Bay Area Congress-people:
George Miller: 202.225.2095
Eric Swalwell: 202.225.5065
Mike Honda: 202.225.2631
Barbara Lee: 202.225.2661