Rebecca Kaplan addresses rally to protect the rights of immigrants with protected status along with Cat Brooks, Pamela Price, Said Karamooz and Pamela Drake.
Oakland Councilmember-at-Large Rebecca Kaplan, Mayoral candidates Cat Brooks, Pamela Price and Saied Karamooz, attorney Walter Riley and community organizer Pamela Drake spoke at a rally Monday in front of Oakland’s City Hall to welcome the National TPS Alliance, a coalition of groups representing Temporary Protected Status holders now threatened with deportation.
The rally was held to reconfirm Oakland’s position as a sanctuary city for all those targeted by the Trump regime.
“As the citywide elected representative of Oakland, which is proud to be a sanctuary city, I am honored that your nationwide effort includes a stop in our city, and I wish you great success in your journey ahead,” said Councilmember Kaplan.
“We know that TPS recipients were given a promise by our government in moments of great suffering, and we must continue to all insist that this country respect everyone and fight back against the anti-immigrant forces.
“TPS must be upheld and protected, and everyone throughout our communities should be treated with respect,” she said.
The TPS Alliance, working in collaboration with Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador) and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), is traveling across the country visiting over 50 cities in a specially outfitted bus to highlight the contributions of TPS holders and the need to prevent the next wave of family separations.
According to the American Friends Service Committee, “The largest group of TPS recipients is from El Salvador (195,000 people) followed by Honduras (57,000 people) and Haiti (50,000 people).”
In response to the Trump administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status for nearly 450,000 beneficiaries, TSP holders are organizing to demand dignity and respect.
As TPS holders, the recipients have been able to establish businesses, hold jobs, buy homes and raise their families–but all that is now in jeopardy.
José Mejia, of the Save TPS Northern California committee, said, “Ending TPS goes against our values as Americans.
The riders in the TPS Journey for Justice are men, women, and children who strengthen our economy and society—we must allow them to stay in their families, homes, and jobs.”
The Journey for Justice will continue for the next 12 weeks.
For more information, contact Jose Mejia at (415) 963-1557 or [email protected]