(February 20, 2010 – Los Angeles) Over 400 community members, clergy, students and SEIU members crammed into the offices of SEIU ULTCW for a Community Accountability and Planning Session on Immigration Reform. Congressman Xavier Becerra and SEIU ULTCW Trustee Laphonza Butler were in attendance, hearing the stories, fears, and hopes of many in the crowd on why we need Immigration Reform. Organized in conjunction with local partners CHIRLA and others members of the Reform Immigration FOR America.coalition, this event was the first in a series of engagements with elected leaders.
A most poignant moment occurred when a 15 year old girl recalled the story of being separated from her mother and how no one should have to go through such pain, that there must be a more responsible answer.
Folks also took time to talk through approaches to organize, talk to other members of Congress and create the environment for moving forward on Immigration Reform.
Laphonza Butler noted “People are hurting. Real lives are at stake. Among our members and in our communities. We cannot rest until we get comprehensive immigration reform. Its an issue for all of us, regardless of race, cultural differences or economic status.” Becerra followed saying “I stand with you. I stand ready to take this issue forward. I feel it on a personal level and as a representative for what is right for our communities and our economy”.
(Feb 8, 2010) ULTCW members Olga Marquez and Carla Eastman were featured in news stories this weekend with their in-home care recipients. Olga Marquez and Frances Deeds were featured in Sunday’s Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, while Carla Eastman and Dorothy Liedtke were featured in the The Sun. Both stories focused on the Governor’s desire to eliminate the in-home care program and the profound and devastating affect this would have on the 465,000 low-income senior and disabled citizens who receive in-home care and the 350,000 caregivers who provide it.
Special thanks to Olga, Carla, Francis and Dorothy for taking the time to share their stories to ensure that San Bernardino County residents understand the dangers of the Governor’s proposed cuts to IHSS.