A group named “Families Belong Together” held a rally and protest on Park Street at Santa Clara Avenue last Saturday, raising their voices and speaking out for immigrant mothers who cannot comfort their children. Alameda families are joining others across the country to demand that the Trump administration reunite families and end family separation and detention for people who enter the United States illegally. The administration’s “no-tolerance” policy at the border with Mexico has sparked renewed interest in passing immigration reform nationally.
On Dec. 20, 2016, in anticipation of Donald Trump’s taking office as President of the United States, the City Council directed staff to analyze the potential and realistic financial impacts of declaring Alameda a sanctuary city and to draft legislation supporting such a declaration.
Alameda County Industries (ACI), the company that provides trash pickup service to the Island City, has found itself in the middle of a labor dispute. Some of the company’s workers walked off their jobs and staged a two-hour rally last Thursday at its recycling center on Aladdin Avenue in San Leandro. According to those who attended the rally, ACI told its other workers that anyone who joined the rally would be fired.