HARRISONBURG, Va.-- As people came together to mark the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington, jobs and freedom are not the only issues people are rallying for. Immigration reform is one of the equality issues that neighbors said the civil rights movement brings to the forefront.
Jossimar Diaz-Castro participated in an event to celebrate 50 years after the march on Washington on Wednesday.
He said he has a dream of equality.
"That's one of my dreams, that we can celebrate immigration for the good it does to our country," said Diaz-Castro.
He said this dream is inspired by the civil rights movement.
"I believe that the civil rights movement has left such a legacy of struggle for a number of movements within the country. National movements whether it is in the gay community, immigrant community, healthcare," said Diaz-Castro.
He is a member of Virginia organizing, a grassroots organization that challenges injustice . At the monthly meeting, members discuss issues like immigration reform.
Member Ramona Sanders is also a member of the group.
"These immigration issues are very important to me. I think we need a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million plus undocumented people in the United States," said Sanders.
She said this is a struggle is similar to those in the sixties.
"Everyone just wants a better life for themselves. More opportunities, a better life for their children and that is the same thing that was going in the sixties, equal pay, equal rights, It's the same issue," said Sanders.
Diaz-Castro agrees with Sanders. Therefore he wants to make a difference by rallying for change just like Martin Luther King Jr. did.
"When someone else is doing well, we are all doing well and I think that is something that I gathered from him, that persistence for justice," said Diaz-Castro.
He said he hopes one day, there will be a holiday to celebrate immigrants rights.
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