The following statement was released by Margaret Hanlon Gradie, Executive Director, of the Contra Costa AFL-CIO Labor Council. This was in response to a draft memo from Navy Secretary Richard Spencer describes the potential tent cities as “temporary and austere,” and details plans to build facilities in three states: Alabama, Arizona and California. According to the memo, Concord Naval Weapons Base would hold 47,000 people.
Working families oppose the proposal to jail asylum seekers anywhere in Concord, Contra Costa County, or America.
We have worked for a dozen years to create a new vision for the Concord Naval Weapons Station that brings benefits to our community — not prisons. We believe this land – the public’s land, belonging to the people of Concord – should be used for schools, hospitals, affordable homes and good jobs, not the criminal abuse of human rights.
We stand with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier and other elected leaders in their call to reject cynical political posturing. Our federal government needs to restore DACA for our Dreamers and create a path to citizenship in a functional immigration system that supports workers rights, family reunification, and the needs of local and global economies.
Margaret Hanlon Gradie, Executive Director
Contra Costa AFL-CIO Labor Council