In a surprising twist, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to decline requests from U.S. immigration officials to apply more stringent detention rules to arrested individuals depending on citizenship status.
On a bright, sunny day, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of Berkeley’s Old City Hall to rally against the immigration laws that prompted the firing of 200 Pacific Steel Casting workers in December last year. Many of the fired workers and their families were joined by members of the teachers’ union, the nurses’ union, clergymen and women and other sympathizers. Following the rally, protesters were to march to the Pacific Steel site in west Berkeley.
According to Hungry for Justice, the UC Berkeley hunger strike protesting Arizona’s immigration law will be suspended. Activists involved in the strike are meeting with Chancellor Robert Birgeneau in California Hall now. The meeting was scheduled for 4 p.m., but the students didn’t actually enter until 4:15.
As anyone who lives near the Cal campus can testify, the helicopters have been hovering overhead for most of today.