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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 Dream

Los 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

10:00 AM
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
4269 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90037

  2:00 PM
Compassion Christian Church
1030 4th St.
Bakersfield, CA 93304
   3:30 PM
MLK Park
1000 South Owens St.
Bakersfield, CA 93307

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