Last night an organization called Make The Road CT rallied in front of City Hall in Bridgeport prior to a City Council meeting to urge city leaders to create a committee concerning"sanctuary city" status for the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city. Sanctuary cities are cities where police will not report immigrants to federal authorities unless they're accused of serious crimes. Those who spoke at the rally and at the council meeting pleaded for the status on the grounds that currently immigrants do not go to the police to report crime because they are worried about being deported. They made the case that immigrants work hard, pay taxes, and contribute to their communities.
Community organizer Alison Martinez-Carrasco, youth organizer with Make The Road CT, and other speakers engage the crowd:
Rallygoers close their eyes as a young woman asks them to imagine if they were forced to leave the home they love.
A young boy reads his speech off a device. A rapt audience of adults listens.
Senator Ed Gomes and other supporters inside the City Council meeting.
Please consider supporting Make The Road in their fight. This matter will come to a vote on February 20th. Come out and show your support! Their Facebook page is www.facebook.com/maketheroadct.