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Valley Forum: A harvest time vigil for 
immigration reform

By Mario Castillo

By Mario Castillo

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the broadest and most diverse movement – including our vast immigrant communities in America as well as faith, labor and civil rights groups – will join in marches and rallies in more than 40 cities across our nation, calling for Congress to pass immigration reform in 2013, with legalization that leads to citizenship.

We here in Sonoma will unite with the voice of many around the nation. We will demand respect for our hard work and for the many contributions we make to the nation’s culture, economy, communities and faith.

We here in Sonoma support a commonsense immigration reform with legalization that leads to citizenship, legal immigration rules that promote family unity and protect worker rights, an end to the destruction of our families through deportations, and a halt to the rush towars massive wasteful spending on unneeded border militarization and for-profit immigrant detention prisons.

We here in Sonoma support an America where our hard work is honored; where our many contributions to the nation are respected and where our families and children can dream of building lives of dignity and without fear. We cannot let the continued failures of Washington result in more families torn apart, more abusive employers and poverty wages, more children who cannot dream.

We here in Sonoma support a better America for all, and we invite all our friends to join us. It’s time to raise our voices and make sure Congress hears our call for dignity and respect.

It is harvest time, time for vigil for immigration, on the Sonoma Plaza (in front of City Hall), from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. this Saturday. For more information, email Mario Castillo at mcastillo06@sbcglobal.net, or call 772-4684.

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Mario Castillo is a Springs resident and an involved parent at El Verano School.