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Thursday, April 24, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Sit In and Rally at Rep. Walden’s Office in Medford

URGENT: Sit In and Rally at Rep. Walden’s Office in Medford, 4/24/2014

STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES: CALL FOR A VOTE ON IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW
Pineros y Campensinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Oregon Action, Causa Oregon, and Rural Organizing Project, as Part of Nation’s Largest Immigrant-Rights Coalition, Call for a Vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

*President Obama Must Act Now Against Needless Deportations*
*Republicans in Congress Will Have Until June 28 to Pass Meaningful Reform*
Medford, Ore – With the ongoing family-separation crisis deepening in Latino and immigrant communities across the country, PCUN, Oregon Action, Causa Oregon and ROP, member groups of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, is announcing its new phase of escalation of action:
STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES
Our movement, in conjunction with the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), is issuing a deadline on House Republicans to act on immigration reform by June 28. At the same time, we are demanding that President Obama act immediately to stop needless deportations.
The bottom line: The family-separation crisis is a very real and terrifying burden to a generation of parents and children who either live in crippling fear or have been tragically torn from one another. On one hand, President Obama’s policies lead to scores of needless deportations and family separations. On the other hand, Republicans seem happy to abdicate their responsibility and take up the family separation mantle as a party platform. Together, they’ve manufactured a painful moral crisis in our communities.
Congress and President Obama must understand that for our families, there is no congressional calendar or administrative convenience that condones losing a mother, father, or child to deportation. We will continue to call out anyone who supports family separation. We have one message for all of them: CALL FOR A VOTE on Comprehensive Immigration Reform with a path to citizenship.

WHAT:  Sit-in and rally: STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES: Call for a House vote on Immigration Reform with a path to citizenship

WHO:  Human rights advocates, farmworkers, students, faith leaders, and labor will gather outside of Representative Walden’s office today to call for an end to deportations that tear families apart. We are calling on Walden to show moral courage and leadership by calling for a vote in the House on CIR with a path to citizenship.

WHEN:  April 24th, 2014 at 2:00pm

Media Contact: Virginia Camberos 541-292-8201

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nation’s largest coalition of grassroots organizations in 30 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. www.fairimmigration.org

PCUN is Oregon’s largest farmworker organization, representing 4,500 farm workers, nursery, and reforestation workers in the state. www.pcun.org

Oregon Action is a social justice organization focused on economic justice, racial equity, and access to affordable, quality healthcare for all. www.OregonAction.org

The Rural Organizing Project is a statewide network of groups dedicated to advancing human rights. www.rop.org

Causa is Oregon’s statewide Latino immigrant rights organization. www.causaoregon.org

Causa Oregon Announces New Phase of Escalation and Deadline in Push for Immigration Reform

STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES: CAUSA OREGON ANNOUNCES NEW PHASE OF ESCALATION AND DEADLINE IN PUSH FOR REFORM AND RELIEF FOR FAMILIES

Causa, Part of Nation’s Largest Immigrant-Rights Organization, Announce Deadline and Next Phase of Action

*President Obama Must Act Now to Stop Needless Deportations*
Representative Greg Walden and Republicans in Congress Will Have Until June 28 to Pass Meaningful Reform

SalemOre. – With the ongoing family-separation crisis deepening in Latino and immigrant communities across the country, Causa Oregon, a member of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, is announcing its new phase of escalation of action:

STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES

Our movement is issuing a deadline to House Republicans to act on immigration reform by June 28th of this year. At the same time, we are demanding that President Obama act immediately to stop needless deportations.

“The family-separation crisis is a very real and terrifying burden to a generation of parents and children who live in crippling fear and continue to be tragically torn from one another. We simply cannot allow it any longer. We will once again take action along with our allies across Oregon and the country to show our strength to members of Congress and President Obama, and to show them that the status quo is immoral and unacceptable,” said Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa.

On one hand, President Obama’s policies have lead to scores of needless deportations and family separations. On the other hand, Republicans seem happy to abdicate their responsibility and take up the family separation mantle as a party platform. Together, they’ve manufactured a painful moral crisis in our communities.

Going forward, under the STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES initiative, our network of organizations across the country will take continuous action, stepping up the intensity of our activity. By our June 28 deadline, depending on progress, we will unveil a list of political leaders who have acted and voted to divide families, and those who have been family uniters.  At that time, we will also unveil our civic engagement efforts. Immigrants rights organizations, our allies, and the broader Latino and immigrant community will exact a political cost for inaction.  The burden for legislation is on the Republicans, and consequences will play out both in 2014 and in 2016. 

Congress and President Obama must both understand that for our families, there is no congressional calendar or administrative convenience that condones losing a mother, father, or child to deportation. We will continue to call out anyone who supports family separation. We have one message for all of them: STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES.

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Causa, a member of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), is Oregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization and the largest Latina and Latino civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit www.causaoregon.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nation’s largest coalition of grassroots organizations in 30 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to fairimmigration.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Annual May Day March and Rally at the Oregon State Capitol on May 1st

Annual May Day March and Rally to take place at the Oregon State Capitol on May 1st

SalemOre. -- On Thursday, May 1st, Causa, other organizations and businesses will host the annual May Day March and Rally on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.  The event will begin at 10:30am with thousands expected to turn out. 

Topics will include the Safe Roads Oregon Driver Card Campaign, Immigration Reform with a path to citizenship, Healthcare for All Children, Workers Rights and Stopping Wage Theft, and Equality for All.

May Day 2014 March & Rally
Date: Thursday, May 1st, 2013
Time: 
10:30 a.m.
Location:
Oregon State Capitol (Front Steps)
900 Court Street NE
SalemOregon

Sponsored by: Causa Oregon, Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA), Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Basic Rights Oregon, Latinos Unidos Siempre, Mano a Mano Family Center, Oregon AFL-CIO, CAPACES Leadership Institute, Willamette University Causa Chapter, PCUN, SalvadoreƱos Unidos en Oregon, Mariscos el Zarandeado, Lara Media Services, Prestame Tu Peine, and SEIU.

More details can be found at WWW.OREGONMAYDAY.COM


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CausaOregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization is the largest Latina and Latino civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit www.causaoregon.org

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