For Immediate Release
Friday, March 05, 2010
Educators & Public Service Advocates Launch 48-Day March for California’s Future
L.A. Rally Will Kick off Bakersfield to Sacramento March Highlighting Centrality of Public Education & Public Services to the California DreamLos Angeles —
A diverse group of Californians, including a San Diego community college professor, two Los Angeles probation officers, a Watsonville teacher, a retired Berkeley adult educator, and a retired L.A. teacher begin a 48-day “March for California’s Future” today.
The march, sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) and a coalition of labor, education, and civil society groups including the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), will begin with a rally at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in L.A., after which marchers will travel to Bakersfield to begin their walk.
Following in Cesar Chavez’s footsteps, hundreds of firefighters, nurses, in-home care workers, students, and police officers will join the marchers for parts of their 260-mile trek from Bakersfield to Sacramento.
“We want to restore quality public education and public services, rebuild a government that serves all Californians, and create a fair tax system to fund our state’s future,” said Irene Gonzalez, a Los Angeles County probation officer and executive board member of AFSCME Local 685.
|Who:||AFSCME, CFT, Center on Policy Initiatives, Dolores Huerta Foundation, and other proponents of education and public services.|
|What:||Rally to Launch “March for California’s Future”|
|Details:||Marchers and their supporters will depart from L.A. in a bus caravan, arriving at Compassion Christian Church in Bakersfield for a brief welcoming reception before heading off to MLK Park for a second rally. Overhead shots of the caravan are available via helicopter. Religious and civic leaders will speak in L.A. and Bakersfield.|
|When:||Friday, March 5 at 10:00 AM • 2:00 PM • 3:30 PM|