Anaheim Blog readers know the answer to that question: a left-wing coalition of unions and a non-profit union-offshoot group.
Still, it’s revealing to view demonstrations of the profoundly radical world-view that animates these activists.
Here’s OCCORD Community Organizer Yenni Diaz posting on the OC Labor Federation Facebook page:
Yes, that is a police officer with a “no” symbol struck through him. It is all over the Facebook pages of unions and other left-wing groups and activists involved in today’s May Day demonstrations — many of whom are also leading the push for a civilian police oversight committee.
Here’s OC Labor Federation Political Director Julio Perez in the press release to which Ms. Diaz linked:
“Immigrant Labor has been exploited in this country for years and now is the time for an expeditious path to citizenship, so that 11 million undocumented immigrants nationally and 300,000 locally can live and work with dignity,” says Julio Pérez, Staff Director of the Orange County Labor Federation. “Thirteen years is too long to wait; we need to reduce it to under a decade. Creating a pathway to citizenship will integrate millions of working men and women as full participants in our economic, social, and civic life.”
Now, when lefties like Julio Perez say “under a decade,” they mean “now.” Literally. Their stance, as articulated by OCCORD, is a “quick” path to citizenship for illegal immigrants:
I have always favored a pathway to citizenship for the millions who are here illegally. Nearly all of them aren’t going anyway, deportation on such a scale is not only impractical but inhumane and beneath us as Americans. Furthermore, it is unwise to harbor an enormous population of people with no formal political allegiance to this country.
However, a “quick” pathway or making them citizens “now” would be morally wrong. It truly would reward law-breaking, and would be grossly unfair to those who have taken the legal path to immigration. No immigration reform should allow illegal immigrants to achieve citizenship before or at the same pace as legal immigrants. The former’s path ought to be significantly longer and more arduous.
It is manifestation of how completely the Left turned the idea of justice inside-out when they claim that “justice” demands treating those who enter the country illegally the same as those who enter legally.
Now, keep in mind that these organizations and activists are the same ones who are pushing hard for single-member council districts in Anaheim. None of what I have highlighted here is isolated — it is representative of the thinking the those pushing these various “reforms” in Anaheim.
Julio Perez and his OC Labor Federation have been strongly supporting single-member council districts. The chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee, Vivian Pham, is a council district supporter who was also a personal donor to Perez’s failed Assembly campaign last year – not to mention a major professional funder of OCCORD.
Hhmmm. Quick or immediate citizenship for illegal immigrants, carving Anaheim into ethnic fiefdoms/council districts. It’s not difficult to divine the political/partisan agenda at work here.