Dozens of events around the country took place Oct. 5 as part of the March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect. Labor unions, churches and other social justice organizations have scheduled events to rally supporters of comprehensive immigration reform as a lead-in to a day-long rally and concert in Washington on Oct. 8. In California, the focus was on the immigrants who produce the food eaten around the country. In the southwestern corner of Arizona, gatherings were planned at three Catholic churches in Yuma at 5 a.m. to board buses to Phoenix, where there was a march through the streets of the capitol city. Advocates in Pueblo, Colo., participated in a silent vigil and march; while those in Miami, organized by a group called the Coalition of United Latinas, met in José Martí park in the neighborhood known as Little Havana.
October Push for Immigration Reform