Dec 19, 2013
CWAers rally outside the U.S. Capitol.
Below: Activists march down to the National Mall to join Fast4Families.
This isn't the end. Immigration reform advocates are telling their elected representatives that, "We will be back in 2014" – an election year.
In California, labor, community and faith groups came together to keep immigration reform alive by putting pressure on GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy. CWAers marched, rallied and engaged the congressman's Bakersfield constituents for the past 11 days.
"His office staff actually locked the door, turned off the lights and ducked and covered behind their desks in hopes that we would leave," said CWA Local 9416's Rob England, who attempted to deliver a petition. "They act like they're scared of us. Like we're violent. Like we're threatening to them. But the reality is that they just don't want to talk. All we want to do, Mr. McCarthy, is talk to you. We want to talk to you so you can tell us why you refuse to bring this to a vote. At this point we don't even care if you vote for it. Just bring it up for a vote. This is a democracy. All you are doing right now is stealing our democracy."
Check out videos of the 11 days activists laid siege to McCarthy's office here.
And in case you missed it last week, take a look at our photos of CWA activists filling the halls of Congress. On Dec. 12, we joined 1,500 immigration reform advocates in occupying more than 100 congressional offices, calling on House Republicans to support reform with a path to citizenship.