Over the past year, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has taken to meddling in a local labor dispute with workplace raids and interrogation of undocumented workers. The agency, which is part of Homeland Security, has shown up on the doorstep of at least one worker fired by the Woodfin Suites, the Emeryville hotel that has been fighting the city's Measure C for the past two years. Measure C is the living wage ordinance that guarantees hotel workers better working conditions and pay. (See Whose Side Is ICE On?, 11/21/07)
Labor and immigration rights organizations say that the agency has overstepped its bounds and has no business interfering in a local labor dispute.
So today, the local worker advocacy group behind Measure C, East Bay Alliance for Sustainable Economy, is holding a march with "faith leaders" from Catholic, Protestant and Jewish congregations to protest what they see as ICE's inappropriate actions.
The candlelit procession will march begin at Frank Ogawa Plaza at 14th St. and Broadway at 4:30 pm and march to the local ICE office at 1500 Broadway.