To chants of “No papers, no fear! No papers, no fear!” immigration rights activists marched up Market Street in San Francisco Wednesday. About 1,000 protesters from diverse groups carried flags and multilingual signs.
In a national day of action, hundreds of thousands of people protested for a smooth path to citizenship around the country. Tens of thousands of people turned out in the Bay Area at a series of protests.
In Portsmouth Square, in Chinatown, a group of about a hundred Asian-American activists gathered prior to the main rally. They included LGBT and women’s rights in their struggle for “comprehensive immigration reform.”
“When we fight for ourselves, we fight for you too, ” said Monna Wong, the executive director with API Equality.
The group then marched together to join hundreds of others on Market Street.
Carolina Soto and Lorena Santana, from the Dream Alliance of Sonoma County, came down from Santa Rosa because they believe in immigration reform. “We’re tired of having families separated,” Soto said.
California is home to approximately 2 million undocumented immigrants, according to a report from the Public Policy Institute of California.
“Comprehensive immigration reform impacts all of us,” said Wong.