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FLOC hosts annual March for Justice


Last Wednesday, FLOC hosted its annual March for Justice, with themes of unity, immigration reform, and migrant aid.


According to event media coordinator, John B. Orozco, “This march is designed to call attention to the need for organization of mistreated immigrants and farm laborers; students made this year’s march a walkathon, designed to raise money to support the families of laborers, who have died in the fields.”


Opposition to House bill HR 4437 was also a major theme.


High school/university students and community members gathered on the corner of South and Broadway Avenues in Toledo at noon, marching to Golden Rule Park, where a rally was held.

Baldemar Velásquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (center), marches with Pastors Jesús LaBoy, Alberto Martínez, and Father Richard Notter at FLOC’s annual March for Justice, held last Wednesday, April 12. Over 600 marched, many protesting numerous provisions of U.S. House bill HR 4437, passed on Dec. 16, 2005 by a Republican-spearheaded initiative to make over 11 million undocumented workers felons along with any organization that assists them; HR 4437 calls for the construction of over 700 miles of wall, separating the United States only from México.


At the rally, Emmanuel Baptist High School student Andrew Gyu-Hang Jung addressed the crowd of over 600, detailing how his South Korean parents were deported after being allowed to live and work in the United States for many years.


“My parents were never a security threat to this nation….It may take another 10 years before my family can be reunited.


“But the saddest part about what happened to my family is that there will be 12 million other stories just like mine if House bill 4437 becomes law in our land,” said Gyu-Hang Jung.


According to FLOC’s press release of the April 12 event: “The issue of immigration does not exclusively apply to Latinos. Andrew Jung is a prime example of other people living here in the U.S. that have experienced the hardships of the immigration laws.” 


Andrew Gyu-Hang Jung and Baldemar Velásquez

Pastor Jesús LaBoy

 Jose Luna, Danny Contreras, and
Ramon Perez


More Photos of FLOC's March for Justice 





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