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New York faith organizations announce launch of the NYS Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform


Interfaith Leaders Unite in Holy Times to Call for

Just and Humane Immigration Reform

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20 New York faith organizations announce launch of the

NYS Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform
Press Contact:

Frances Liu, New York Immigration Coalition (212-627-2227 x246, 646-957-0901)


WHAT:           As Christians begin Holy Week and Jews prepare to celebrate Passover, diverse faith community leaders will call on President Obama and Congress to enact comprehensive, just and humane reform of our immigration system.


These leaders will announce the formation of the NYS Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform, a network of faith community leaders and organizations formed in order to advocate for reform through communication with Congressional leaders.  Meetings around the state are scheduled for April 13 and 14.


WHY:              Network leaders believe that only comprehensive reform can fix a broken immigration system that separates families and sows fear in immigrant communities, forces 12 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the shadows, and fails to address employers’ needs for labor and preserve the rights of American workers.  


WHERE:        The Interchurch Center, Stockman Lounge (1st Floor)

Address: 475 Riverside Drive (between 119th and 120th)

**Entrance on Claremont Ave at West 120th Street

Subway: 1 to 116th Street (best) or A/B/C/D to 125th Street


WHO:             Congressmember Charles Rangel

Congressmember Anthony Weiner (invited)

Rev. Arabella Meadows-Rogers, Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of NYC

Dr. Diane Steinman, Executive Director, American Jewish Committee, New York Chapter

Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Dale Irvin, President, New York Theological Seminary

Bishop Jeremiah Park, United Methodist Church, NY Conference

Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera, President and CEO, Latino Pastoral Action Center

Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Ansche Chesed

Sister Ellen Patricia Finn, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens

Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid, Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood

Rev. Geoffrey Black, President, NY State Council of Churches, NY Conference Minister, United Church of Christ

Dr. Uma Mysorekar, Hindu Temple Society of North America

Rev. Dr. Glen Missick, Executive for African-American and Black Ministries, Reformed Church in America

Sr. Pietrina Raccuglia, Founder, Cabrini Immigrant Services

Sundeep Sonny Singh, Community Organizer, The Sikh Coalition

Lisa Sharon Harper, Executive Director, New York Faith & Justice

Father Mark Hallinan, Society of Jesus
Rev. Bob Coleman, The Riverside Church
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