A coalition of immigrant advocates, peace activists and churches are planning a march and rally Saturday on Buffalo's West Side as part of a national "day of action" in support of immigrants.
Among those participating in the Buffalo rally will be representatives of the #Buffalo25, the undocumented workers who were arrested last year during immigration raids on four local Mexican restaurants.
The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Massachusetts Avenue Playground, by Winter Street. The march will go throughout the West Side, home to many resettled refugees and immigrants. It will go up Grant Street, stopping at the West Side Bazaar, 25 Grant St., which features food and goods from around the world, then to Lafayette High School, where many newcomers to Buffalo attend school, then down Richmond Avenue to finish at Pilgrim-St. Luke's UCC, 335 Richmond Ave., a declared sanctuary church. Speakers are to include Akram Shibly, Lamin Tamang and Win Thant.
The event sponsors include the WNY Peace Center, Riverside Salem UCC/DC, Pilgrim-St. Luke's UCC, Interfaith Peace Network and Jericho Road Community Health Center.
In the event the weather is especially bad, the entire event will be held at Pilgrim-St. Luke's.
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