Today, there will be 40 press conferences in 40 different cities around the country, launching the campaign to Reform Immigration for America. The local launches will lead up to the big National Launch, which is taking place here in Washington DC on June 3rd. Its amazing to see the momentum for comprehensive immigration reform building from the grassroots up! Click here for an interactive map of the local launches, its a great visual to see just how widespread local support is for immigration reform.
From CHIRLA in Los Angeles, California:
[At the LA launch] there will be representatives from the AFL-CIO, SEIU and UFCW labor unions, the Asian American Justice Center, the Center for American Progress, the Center for Community Change, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Among those scheduled to speak are Angelica Salas of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles; Eric Lee of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; and Rabbi Jonathan Klein of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice.
The Campaign to Reform Immigration for America is part of a united national effort that includes organizations representing labor, faith, education, business and the community at large.
From OneAmerica in Seattle:
OneAmerica, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, and ally organizations including the Northwest Chamber of Commerce, UFCW Local 21, Casa Latina, NWFCO and Washington CAN will announce the launch of the national Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign, a broad-based national effort to fix the broken immigration system through comprehensive immigration reform legislation on Monday, June 1, at City Hall.
From the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition in Denver:
Please join us on Monday, June 1st as we launch the Colorado campaign to win immigration reform in the 111th Congress!
June 1, 11am at State Capitol: Colorado Launch of Reform Immigration for America Campaign
Join with immigrant, refugee, labor, business, faith, and youth leaders for a press conference to launch the Reform Immigration For America Campaign in Colorado, a broad-based national effort to win just and humane immigration reform legislation in 2009!
From Somos Un Pueblo Unido in Santa Fe, New Mexico:
On June 1st, community leaders from central and northern New Mexico will gather to announce a statewide effort to rally support for Immigration Reform. Somos un Pueblo Unido’s event will be one of dozens to locally launch the national Reform Immigration For America Campaigns across the United States and bring the immigrant and non-immigrant community together to make Immigration Reform a reality.
Santa Fe’s mayor, David Coss, will be on hand to help Somos Un Pueblo Unido launch the campaign.
The AP covered the story of the local launch being done by Nebraska Appleseed in Lincoln, Nebraska:
Immigrant advocates and other community leaders are set to gather Monday to launch Nebraska’s component of a national campaign emphasizing immigration reform.
The Reform Immigration for America campaign focuses on addressing problems in the federal immigration system through legislative reform.
Faith, business, legal and other community leaders are set to gather at the state Capitol and in Omaha midday to announce the launch.
I will be blogging these as they come in, so be sure to check back for more.
I can feel the momentum building. Can you?