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Community Groups Address Economic Crisis and Stage Summit to Influence Immigration Reform Debate


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Women's Round Table to Address Solutions to Economic Crisis

Lewiston, ME– Today, the Maine People's Alliance and the Western Maine Labor Council will host a round table discussion on the economic challenges faced by women in the economic downturn and their role in rebuilding the economy.

The panel will be moderated by Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert, and will feature five local working women and religious leaders. The women will discuss the labor movement's role in assisting women in securing better benefits and wages, and the potential of the Employee Free Choice Act to repair the foundation of an economy that works for everyone.

The event begins at at the Museum L/A conference room,

35 Canal St.
in Lewiston. For more information, contact Matt Scholbohm at (207) 576-3672.

Other news:

·       Washington Community Action Network is organizing Mothers Leading the Way to Health Care for All in 2009 March. 



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Immigrant Rights Advocates Plan for Major Washington Summit on Immigration Reform

Washington-More than 400 labor, religious, civil rights and immigration leaders will gather in Washington, DC to plan for the fight to win just and humane immigration reform in 2009. The deadline for participation in the largest convening of immigrant rights advocates and allies is on Friday, May 15.

"We are encouraging anyone who cares about Congress passing just and humane immigration reform legislation to attend," said Marissa Graciosa, campaign coordinator for Fair Immigration Reform Movement, one of the national organizations organizing the event. "This is where the fight for comprehensive immigration reform begins."

For more information on the Reform Immigration for America Campaign Summit, please visit, or contact Mary Moreno at or 202-339-9316.

Other immigration news:

·       Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition helped organize a vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of the Postville raid. 


·       New York Immigration Coalition hosted a citizenship summit.


·       Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition commented on the US Supreme Court decision that clarifies aggravated identity theft.



See highlights from the Campaign for Community Values:



Ø      BLOG: Who Really Killed Luis Ramirez?



Ø       BLOG: Small Businesses Want a Real Choice for Health Care 



Ø       VIDEO: Postville One Year Later: A Day of Remembrance and Action





Germonique R. (Jones) Ulmer, M.A.
Director of Media Relations
The Center for Community Change
1536 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-339-9331 (ph)
202-387-4892 (fax)
Since 1968, the Center for Community Change has strengthened the leadership, voice and power of low-income communities and communities of color nationwide to confront the vital issues of today and build the social movements of tomorrow.

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