Mountain View Voice

News - April 27, 2012

Community briefs

Immigration rights May Day march

Mountain View will be the only city besides San Jose in Santa Clara County to host a march on Tuesday, May 1, and it will focus on the impacts of U.S. immigration laws.

The march will start at Rengstorff Park at 4 p.m. and eventually make its way down Showers Drive and El Camino Real to Castro Street where a rally will be held at the Civic Center plaza, 500 Castro Street, at 6 p.m.

The march is sponsored by St. Joseph's Church, the Day Worker Center of Mountain View and Community In Action, a group based in the Rengstorff neighborhood that aims to empower women.

"We'd like to have a path to citizenship," said Sylvia Villasenor, a St Joseph's church member. "There is this constant fear of deportation. This is our call to this issue. We can't live in fear."

She said families have been torn apart by high rates of deportation under the Obama administration and organizers want to see families reunited.

A flyer for the event calls for the end of Homeland Security's deportation program called Secure Communities (S-Comm).

The event coincides with May 1 events around the country calling attention to immigration issues and economic inequality.

—Daniel DeBolt

'Out to Eat' at computer museum

An event in support of local gay teens is expected to draw 400 people and raise over $100,000 on May 11 at the Computer History Museum.

"Out to Eat" started as a regular dinner event in the backroom of Mountain View's Hobees but has grown into a large scale gala with $150 tickets.

Keynote speaker at the event will be Mountain View High School alumn Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer prize winner and founder of Define American, a non-profit aimed at elevating the conversation on immigration in the U.S.

The Outlet Program, and its counterpart aimed at Latinos, De Ambiente, are support groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. It is affiliated with Mountain View's Community Health Awareness Council and was founded in 1997.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and while it does not include dinner, there will be hors d'oeuvres, dessert, a raffle and a silent and live auction.

For more information, go to outtoeat.org.

—Daniel DeBolt

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