Immigrant Group Protest In St. Cloud

Immigrant Group Protest In St. Cloud Click to Enlarge Photo: Asamblea de Derechos Civiles

(KNSI) - A group of immigrant advocates from St. Cloud is calling a two-day trek to the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul an Emancipation Procession.

The group of about 45 people left Sunday morning from St. Joseph's Church in Waite Park holding crosses and a large banner denouncing mass incarceration.

The group stopped at the Stearns County Sheriff's Office before marching onto the Sherburne County Jail. They will arrive in St. Paul Monday evening.

Organizers say the goal of the walk is to demand action on issues like mass incarceration, affordable housing, the Dream Act, driver’s license access for all and rejecting the militarization of the border.

“Our community is being displaced from our neighborhoods and being sent to prisons,” said Gladys Gutierrez, “Congress has done nothing for the Dreamers, while they are building more cages for my family and community. We understand this reality crystal clear, because these issues are real and they impact us all. That is why we are taking action.”

The march is organized by Faith in Action and Asamblea de Derechos Civiles.

Upon arriving at the State Capitol, community leader Antonia Alvarez will begin a 15-Day fast outside the capitol to mobilize community members to take action during the legislative session.