Families, Clergy, Veterans, and Immigrants Gather in
Events in Cities and Towns across
WHAT: Reform Immigration FOR Families: Family Unity Cannot Wait will bring together families, clergy, veterans, and immigrants who are adversely affected by our nation's broken immigration system. The event will include a procession of prayers and a vigil with 2,500 people on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Oct 13.
Delegations from AZ, FL, GA, IL, MA, MI, MN, NY, NJ, OH, PA, RI and TX, -- over 750 people total - will board buses this weekend, and travel to Washington DC to be joined by families from TX, WA, CA, DC, VA, and MD. They will be meeting with Congressional offices and available to speak with the press throughout the day. Many of these individuals (including veterans) and their families are fighting deportation, facing family separation, or otherwise struggling with our broken immigration system and they will speak at the event that closes the Reform Immigration FOR Families: Family Unity Cannot Wait event.
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) will be joined by key allies in the House and Senate as he unveils the principles that outline the comprehensive immigration reform bill he is working on and will introduce later this fall. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Congressional Asian Pacific Caucus Chair Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Homeland Security Committee Member Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and other pro-immigrant allies will address the gathered crowd. Many of the participating families, veterans, and clergy took part in the Families United/Familias Unidas series of interfaith vigils held around the country with Members of Congress earlier this year.
WHERE/WHEN: 3:00 pm Vigil Begins - West
3:30 pm MAIN PROGRAM: Families, Clergy, and Members of Congress Speak
4:15 - 6:00 pm Vigil and Program Continue with Families and Clergy
MAIN PROGRAM SPEAKERS (3:30-4:15 pm - West
The Honorable Robert
The Honorable Luis V.
The Honorable Mike
The Honorable Yvette
Most Reverend Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Bishop of the
Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA of Maryland, Inc.
Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
FAMILY SPEAKERS (not a complete list)
Rubiela Arias is undocumented, lives in
Robert Cote is a veteran of the 1st Gulf War, a U.S. Citizen with 2 children, whose wife is now wears an ankle bracelet pending resolution of her immigration case after she was asked her immigration status by local police when they were called to break up a domestic dispute involving her sister and her sister's abusive boyfriend.
Peter Derezinski is a 17 year-old
Hotaru Ferschke (joined by mother-in-law Robin Ferschke and son Mikey) was born in
PURPOSE: Last month, Rep. Gutierrez told a group of new citizens and supporters of comprehensive immigration reform that he would introduce a bill to fix our broken immigration system this fall. On October 13, at the Reform Immigration FOR Families: Family Unity Cannot Wait event he will announce the principles that outline the bill he will introduce.
There is significant buzz in immigrant communities around this event that signals a new beginning to the legislative battle for comprehensive immigration reform in the 111th Congress. The President and leaders in the House and Senate have indicated that immigration reform will be debated late this year or early next and this event - and the forthcoming bill from progressive House Members - signals the effort is serious.
Events leading up to and in conjunction with the Washington gathering are taking place across the country: Saturday, Oct. 10 through Tuesday, Oct. 13 For information on events in AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, ME, MI, MN, NC, NV, NY, OH, PA, TX, WA, and WI, visit http://tinyurl.com/national-events-updated-0ct-12 or contact Shu Ohno at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 309-5645.
To meet up with state delegations please contact: Douglas Rivlin at (202) 441-0680 OR Shu Ohno at (202) 309-5645
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Reform Immigration FOR America is a united national effort that brings together individuals and grassroots organizations with the mission to build support for workable comprehensive immigration reform. The campaign connects people from communities across the country who are ready to work together toward achieving the 279 votes needed to win just and humane comprehensive immigration reform legislation: 218 votes in the House of Representatives, 60 votes in the Senate, and one signature from the President.