Day laborers race across nation to raise awareness

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Locally, about 125 protesters – both opponents and proponents – rallied outside a day labor center next to a new Home Depot in Burbank in January. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network is sponsoring the run to call for immigration reform and recognize that about 12 million undocumented immigrants are in the United States, according to the agency. Along the way, the runners hope day-laborer supporters will participate. Runners will stop at work sites, talk to community members and hold marches and ceremonies. “The slogan of this is running for dignity and running for peace,” said Antonio Bernabe of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. “The experience of running in a marathon brings us together. We will be from different cultures, running as equals, going in the same direction. The challenge is huge, but the message we are sending is huge. We want unity and understanding.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 Day laborers from North Hollywood will join those from across the nation today for a two-month race from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic to bring awareness to migrant rights. Twelve core runners expect thousands to join them along the way. The 3,000-mile run begins in Santa Monica and winds through Los Angeles with a stop at the Federal Building for a rally, before continuing on through Arizona, Texas and Washington, D.C, and ending in New York City. “It’s not only a run, it’s a protest against injustice, against labor exploitation,” said Oscar Paredes, a labor organizer from New York City, who is one of the core runners. “It’s about the hate out there from the paramilitary groups and the Minutemen along the border. We want to tell them, you have to stop the hate.” Day laborers, mostly Hispanic men without legal citizenship documents, have been at the center of immigration debates. The Senate Judiciary Committee began crafting an immigration bill this week to tighten U.S. borders, while President George W. Bush’s proposed temporary-guest-worker program has been met with less than enthusiasm. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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