Ada Briceño, a Co-President for the hotel workers union, UNITE HERE Local 11, in Orange County challenges her labor colleagues this Labor Day to embrace immigrant rights and stand with 800,000 young people across the nation who receive refuge as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) just as President Trump reconsiders the program.
But even if voters passed the two referendums, which oppose the building of luxury hotels with large tax subsidies, they would not stop the developer from going ahead with the projects or receiving city tax breaks, city officials say.
History will not be kind in its memory of this week’s Supreme Court ruling on immigration, writes Unite Here Local 11 leader Ada Briceño, calling this week’s immigration ruling a travesty of justice rooted in the same racism and classism that has always informed the most shameful rulings of the highest court in our land.
After victories in the Anaheim council districts battle, and with restorative justice in the schools and immigration at the county, grassroots groups are projecting power in conservative Orange County in ways they haven’t before.
Threats of a protest outside a major convention in Anaheim this year likely made the difference in getting members of the city’s council majority to change their minds regarding the new council districts map.
Despite an eleventh-hour revelation that the council districts map no longer has a Latino majority district, council members stood by their decision to adopt the map and put the most Latino district up for election this year.