Next Tuesday morning, the New York Civil Liberties Union will join local civil rights and immigrants’ rights advocates as they march from Centro Cultural Hispano de Oyster Bay to Town Hall in Oyster Bay where they will rally and call for the repeal of an unconstitutional town ordinance that discriminates against immigrants.
In late September, the Oyster Bay Town Board enacted a local ordinance making it a crime to stand on a public sidewalk and solicit employment. The law targets day laborers, who are often Latino immigrants, but it violates everyone’s constitutional rights to free speech and equal treatment under the law.
“As part of the anti-immigrant trend sweeping Long Island and the country in recent years, Oyster Bay has signed itself up to be the next poster child for violating the Constitution,” said Samantha Fredrickson, director of the NYCLU’s Nassau County Chapter. “The right to stand on a public sidewalk and exercise one’s freedom of speech is one of the most cherished rights we have in this country, whether we’re immigrants or not.”
March and Rally to Oppose Oyster Bay’s Anti-Immigrant Law
Tuesday, Dec. 15th 10:30 a.m.
The group will meet at Centro Cultural Hispano de Oyster Bay, 61 E. Main St., and then march to Town Hall in Oyster Bay, 54 Audrey Ave. They will rally in front of Town Hall.
New York Civil Liberties Union
Farmingdale Citizens for Viable Solutions
Centro Cultural Hispano de Oyster Bay
Long Island Immigrant Alliance
Long Island Wins
Jobs with Justice