Should Latinos be going to Africans-American churches just to discuss immigration reform?
OAKLAND — Latino immigrant workers took to the pulpits of African-American churches in the East Bay on Sunday morning and sought to gain allies in the fight to overhaul America's immigration system. "I hope that my presence here helps you see me as a friend," said Rolando Rodriguez, speaking with the help of an interpreter before a receptive and boisterous crowd at the Bay Area Christian Connection, a church in downtown Oakland. The 46-year-old described how after a long career in Guatemala's sugar cane fields, he was forced to flee political persecution in his native town and now struggles to find odd jobs on the streets of East Oakland. Cautioning against seeing Rodriguez as unwanted job competition or a source of feared cultural change in their Oakland neighborhoods, the Rev. Brian Woodson implored his congregants to get to know a neighbor. "Sometimes when we don't talk to each other and don't hear each others' story, we alienate each other," Woodson said. "Amen," one woman shouted in response. Another followed. Rodriguez returned to his seat with a round of applause. Earlier in the morning, Maricruz Manzanarez became tearful as she shared the story of her first decade in America to members of the Easter Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond. "I experienced racism. I experienced being illegal here," said Manzanarez, who was able to become a legal resident three years ago. "I think it's important for people to not live in fear anymore." The pastors who invited Latino guests to speak at 16 East Bay churches on Sunday morning said their Christian congregations are natural allies with immigrants looking for justice and a better life. They also said they wanted to overcome underlying barriers between two communities — immigrant and African-American — who have increasingly lived side-by-side in East Bay cities. African-American churches in the East Bay give immigrants voice http://www.contracostatimes.com/richmond/ci_13283029?source=rss&nclick_check=1
Asked By: †††Goddess†††Jill †††Rose††† - 10/16/2009
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First of all, whomever told you that Blacks dislike the Illegal population (illegitimate polls, news reports, media make-ups) well, they are just wrong, at least when it come down to Atlanta, my home-town, and one of the most heavily populated African-American metropoliss' in this country. In my home-town, also... More
Answered By: CaroloftheJungle - 10/16/2009
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Latinos have few friends in the black community, especially when it comes to immigration.
Answered By: B.F. "Hawkeye" Pierce - 10/16/2009
Democracy is based on the freedom. The churches may open their doors to latinos discussion, but maybe the point is not this but the white view-point about this question.
Answered By: Carlos - 10/16/2009
No, they should not be using blacks (or anyone else) to gain sympathy for their pro-illegal alien cause. They should instead be working together to live harmoniously within the same community.
Answered By: Stan P - 10/16/2009
So you want Latinos to stay with their race? Why can't they? Al Sharpton wasn't in Phoenix because he was defending racial profiling against blacks.
Answered By: meandmy40 - 10/16/2009
I do not believe his story. I think that those lies set a pattern, and we have no idea why he is in this country, but we do know he is collecting welfare... More
Answered By: Joel W - 10/16/2009
Answered By: Dah veed - 10/16/2009
So you are against people of different races mixing now? Wow, that is very small minded. G
Answered By: Griso - 10/16/2009
Anyone of any race or any denomination/religion should have right to go to any other church-for WORSHIP SERVICES-since any church is house of God. But to go to some church and use it for political and selfish purposes is underhanded, and "dirty play".
Answered By: Jimmy Dean-SAUSAGEman - 10/16/2009
They are just trying to gain sympathy from anyone they can because they know they shouldnt be here.
Answered By: Mrs Barreras - 10/16/2009
Like...Go read a BOOK you idiot!
Answered By: Blueberrymuffyn - 10/17/2009
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