Immigration Activists Rally Across California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marches, rallies, prayer vigils and voter registration drives are planned across California as activists hope to shape the national immigration reform debate.

The events Wednesday are part of a nationwide week of action scheduled to include a rally at the White House.

In San Francisco, demonstrators plan to march to the federal building where they are to build an altar with 1,000 paper flowers, symbolizing the number of people deported daily for immigration violations.

The agricultural town of Hollister in Northern California will see a pro-immigrant candlelight vigil.

Organizers plan a drive to get people to register to vote in San Bernardino.

And a gathering in San Diego is being billed as marking “Undocumented Coming Out Day.”

Events are also planned for Los Angeles, San Jose, Fresno and Bakersfield.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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