12 miles for 12 million: Local immigrant advocacy groups march for path to citizenship

27 September 2021

Joined by scores of others at Tom Schopflin Fields in Santa Rosa early Sunday, 16-year-old Javier Garcia seemed unfazed by the morning’s chilly temperatures as he prominently displayed the sign he held before him, which was emblazoned with three bright, red words:

“Legalize My Mom.”

It was a statement that echoed throughout the day as more than 150 people took part in a 12-mile march to advocate for immigration reform.

Led by colorful Aztec dancers, the group began its trek at 9 a.m. at Tom Schopflin Fields and ended it in the afternoon at the Healdsburg Plaza, where organizers held an outdoor community festival, complete with food and music.

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