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Thursday, March 5, 2009

CAUSA joins with other organizations in push for equity in economic plan and immigration reform

Francisco Lopez, Executive Director, 503.984.6816
Erik Sorensen, Communications Director, 503.488.0263

Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition to Set Economic Agenda in Washington during First 100 Days of New Administration

CAUSA joins with other organizations in push for equity in economic plan and immigration reform

Salem, Ore - A new power player is arriving on Capitol Hill as CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition joins with a coalition of grassroots community groups from across the country to bring the voices of everyday people to the halls of Congress.

On Monday, Guadalupe Quinn, CAUSA’s Lane County Regional Coordinator traveled to the nation’s capital as part of the Campaign for Community Values first 100 days strategy to impact legislation on the economy, healthcare and immigration.

“We have a unique opportunity to play a decisive role in national policy,” said Quinn. “As Congress considers an economic stimulus package, we must ensure the communities that are often forgotten are included.”

Since January 26, every Tuesday ten community organizations will converge on Washington to advance an ambitious plan to rebuild the economy in a way that works for us all. Jobs created under the Obama administration’s Economic Recovery Plan must go to the people most severely affected by the economic crisis – low wage workers, women, youth and people of color. Additionally, unemployment is impacting health insurance access, which disproportionately impacts low-income families and communities of color. The plan must also address the uninsured population, which keeps growing with the unemployment rate and also disproportionately affects low-income families and communities of color.

“We’re on the front lines as families struggle to meet their basic needs. We believe fixing our economy means fixing the inequality that is at the root of this economic crisis,” said Francisco Lopez, Director of CAUSA.. “We called for bold change during this election, and we will continue to press for bold change while in Washington these first 100 days.”

Additionally, as part of the 100 day strategy, we will advocate for an immediate stop to workplace raids that are tearing apart communities and passage of just and humane immigration reform. Only when we bring all workers out of the shadows and offer them labor protections, will our economy fully rebound.

CAUSA joins more than 80 community organizations representing 38 states to participate in this unprecedented, relentless advocacy push to get our economy working again. For more information about our efforts during the first 100 days of the new Administration, please visit

CAUSA is Oregon’s statewide, grassroots immigrant rights coalition. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies.

The Campaign for Community Values is a national coalition of more than 200 grassroots organizations from across the country advancing policies to make America finally work for all of us. The initiative is led by the Center for Community Change, a 40 year-old national organization dedicated to building the field of community organizing, with hundreds of local organizations nationwide.



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