A March as well as Mariachis and Tamales at the Humboldt County Courthouse Were Designed to Bring Out the Vote for Measure K
The Measure K campaign for a county-wide sanctuary law organized a traditional Dia De Los Muertos procession, marching from Fortuna to Eureka on Sunday, November 4th.
According to a press release from supporters of the sanctuary Measure K, The Procession highlighted “the need to pass Measure K on November 6, so that the Latino community can worry less about being reported to Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and being forcibly separated from their families and loved ones…The local, Latino community [commemorated] their indigenous tradition of holding a Procession to honor ancestors and loved ones who have died.”
The group procession began at the Saint Joseph Church in Fortuna, traveled up the freeway into Eureka, and eventually reached the Humboldt County Courthouse.
A traditional ofrenda, a Day of The Dead altar, was set up on the courthouse steps, as part of the celebration. “The best way we can honor our ancestors this Day of the Dead is by passing Measure K,” explained Xochitl Cabrera, of Centro del Pueblo and member of the Fortuna, Mexican immigrant community, according to the press release. “Our indigenous tradition calls on us to honor our dead. So many of them died and suffered due to this country’s inhumane, immigration policies.”
“Immigrant members of our Humboldt community at times do not take their children to school or to the doctor, for fear that they will be detained by ICE and forcibly separated from their families,” explained Brenda Perez, an immigrant from Mexico and member of Centro del Pueblo, according to the same press release. “Measure K will alleviate those fears by prohibiting the County to use its resources to aid Immigration.”
Homemade tamales were distributed and community members who completed the long walk from Fortuna to Eureka, mostly along Hwy 101, enjoyed the celebration and the mariachi band for over an hour. Speeches in favor of the sanctuary law were given.The crowd ranged from 50 to 75 people. There were no protestors of the Measure K present in opposition to the sanctuary initiative.