Organizers call for more protests

first_imgDrawing on fears of strict immigration proposals, immigrant-rights organizers are calling for protests and vigils Monday in Los Angeles and more than 100 other cities. In Los Angeles, organizers estimate 2,000 protesters will hold a vigil lead by Cardinal Roger Mahony at La Placita, one of the city’s oldest churches and a longtime sanctuary for illegal immigrants. Other events will be held in Panorama City at Hermandad Mexican, where 300 people are expected, as well as in Orange County and Long Beach. “We want them to know the immigrant community is watching how they vote on this issue,” said Angela Sanbrano, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventOrganizers anticipate Southern California protests will be small compared to the March 25 protest – which drew by police accounts 500,000 and by organizers’ estimates 1.3 million – against a congressional proposal to criminalize illegal immigrants and build a 700-mile wall along the border. But they are billing the vigil as one piece in the largest ever nationally orchestrated protest. In Atlanta and Washington, D.C., public service announcements have been running for much of the week on Spanish-language television and radio. And organizers in Washington expect tens of thousands to march on the Washington Monument. “This is going to show that our community is growing and that we are paying attention,” said Jaime Contreras, chair of the National Capital Immigration, a labor-backed group coordinating organizers nationally. Los Angeles organizers – a varied group ranging from immigrant-rights groups to unions – say they had been slow in spreading the word to Spanish-language radio and television, largely credited with drawing tens of thousands to March 25 rally. But many say the word has been most powerfully spread in churches throughout the city. For the past week, Pastor Richard Zanotti of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Sun Valley has urging his 5,000-strong, mostly Spanish-speaking congregation to join Mahony in fasting and prayer. An advertisement for the downtown event was posted on the church bulletin and fliers will be circulated on Sunday. “We are trying to pray for the enlightenment of our officials, our senators, so they will do something that is just and humane,” Zanotti said. (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img