Patterson students join rally for immigration reform

Patterson students join thousands of other demonstrators at a rally for immigration reform in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington DC (Photo: Ms. Flores)

By Ms. Kelly Flores

Two buses full of Patterson students, faculty, and community members participated in a rally and march in support of immigration reform on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C on April 10th, 2013. This was a nationwide movement crying out to urge Congress, who just returned to session, to address the issue of there being over 11 million undocumented immigrants in our country.

Cries of “¡Sí se puede!”  (Yes we can!)  and “Obama escucha–estamos en la lucha”  (Obama listen–we are in the fight!)  filled the air as the students and faculty from Patterson arrived onto the scene of over 100,000 people rallying together for the same cause. During the rally speakers such as Dolores Huerta and Congressman Luis Gutierrez passionately addressed the audience, urging them to keep pushing Congress and that this is the year for reform.

This was a fantastic real life learning opportunity for students to see government in action and the importance of people being an active participant and making their voice heard.

(Photos: Ms. Flores)

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