Fast(ing) Friends for Immigration Reform to Meet Royce’s Rep This Morning!


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The group “Fast for Families,” which includes people who are fasting to bring attention to the need for comprehensive immigration reform, took their bus to OC yesterday to bring attention to their cause.  Both the traveling troupe and local activists then spent last night in outside of the district office of Rep. Ed Royce, a major opponent of immigration reform, on the Birch Street Promenade in Beautiful Bountiful Brea. The Orange County bus tour is hosted by the Korean Resource Center (KRC), Orange County Congregational Community Organization (OCCCO), Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF), Orange County Immigration Coalition, and SEIU United Service Workers West. They are focusing on Reps. Royce and John Campbell — in Royce’s case because of the swiftly changing demographics of his district.

The event includes a rally at 10:30 a.m. (or so) and will continue until 6 or 7 tonight.

The meeting — not with Royce himself, but with his local Chief of Staff (or some other high position), which is further than they’ve ever gotten before — is to take place in a few minutes as this posts, at 10 a..m.  But, you still have some time to get there in time for the rally that will take place at 10:30!  (Please enjoy of fine shops and restaurants while you’re there — maybe take in a movie!  Sorry — too much?  OK, then just come to show your support for comprehensive immigration reform!) Here are some photos from the scene last night and this morning:

On the road for a road to citizenship!

On the road for a road to citizenship!

Tweet sign, tents, old guys

The tweet sign is in place, the tents are lined up, and Jeff LeTourneau (right) and I are there to welcome fasting activist Mike Kinslow (center) to join us in having completed five full decades on Earth — that very day!

Mike and his fake cake

What kind of cake do you bring for a guy who is spending his 50th birthday (and the day after) fasting for immigration reform? Why, a fake cake made out of bottles of water that can be consumed the next day, of course! Here, Mike prepares to “blow out the candle” as Marti Schrank and the cake ‘s”chef” Josie Diamond look on.

Bus, heart, and a big bright "11"

As our caption machine has now apparently broken, I’ll include text here.  The “11″ stands for the number of million people that comprehensive immigration reform opponents want to see tracked down, arrested, detained, tried, detained some more, and then shipped off to their countries of origin (or, in some cases, perhaps to jail, because we have so much room for them.)

The alternative is to give those who have been here for a while and demonstrated that they are productive and law-abiding — good “American citizen” material, in other words — a pathway to citizenship.

Do you know who wants to waste all of that money getting rid of productive workers and prospective good citizens rather than even allowing a vote on comprehensive immigration reform?  The answer is in the upper right.

We know the answer — but we can hope that the answer will change! 

Settling in for the night …

… and, apparently, everyone survived the wilds of downtown Brea to enjoy their morning  cups of hot water!  (Just to be safe — did someone do a head count?)

More text, photos of mine, photos swiped from others, and photo captions coming soon!


About Greg Diamond

Worker's rights attorney now moving into "good governance" litigation. North Vice Chair of Democratic Party of Orange County and occasional candidate. Proud to be prolix. Unless otherwise specifically stated, his writings never speak for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Brea but generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and without compensation, although in 2014 he may receive some compensation for campaign consulting and fundraising for the campaign of Jorge Lopez for Orange County Assessor.