Frank Alton, along with CLUE LA, CHIRLA, Korean Resource Center, NAKASEC and many others, participated in a civil disobedience action in Costa Mesa on June 14, protesting the city’s “rule of law” ordinance inspired by similar legislation in Arizona. He and 11 others were arrested as a result. All were released unharmed after a brief detention but will have to return to Orange County for court appearances.
Announcement from CLUE LA immediate following the event:
Three religious leaders joined hands with the immigration reform movement today during a rally and demonstration in Orange County, and they were arrested and taken into custody: Rabbi Jonathan Klein, CLUE-LA’s executive director, and our strong supporters, the Rev. Dr. Frank Alton of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. Dr. Lewis E. Logan II of Rauch Christian Community Fellowship.
These clergy participated in the rally and in an act of civil disobedience in protest against the series of anti-immigrant, SB1070 style resolutions being considered in cities throughout Orange County, including Costa Mesa.
“These resolutions represent fear, and they’re designed to fan the flames of hatred and division,” said Rabbi Klein before the rally began. “We must stand united with the people of Orange County and all of Southern California to work for truly humane and comprehensive immigration reform that respects the dignity of the individual and the family.”
Speaking truth to power is often difficult and results in challenging – and inconvenient – consequences. These religious leaders knew they were at risk for being arrested; there’s been no word yet on their release, but we expect – and pray – it will be soon.
As they were led away, the hundreds of students and community members who came to witness – including CLUE-LA’s own summer interns – chanted, “It is our moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Dozens of protesters knelt and prayed the Our Father in English and Spanish.
Please spread the word that people of all faiths need to speak up, to put an end to the fear and prejudice that drive misguided resolutions. We need comprehensive immigration reform, not more hate.
CLUE-LA stands with all people in the pursuit of justice.
Standing in solidarity,
Pastor Bridie Roberts
Frank at the center of the action.
Video from a resident of Costa Mesa:
Video and story from dailypilot.com:
Video from Korean Resource Center and NAKASEC:
Video from the Orange County Register.
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Photos from CHIRLA.
Video from a participant.
Immanuel Facebook page.