April 30, 2009
Francisco Lopez, Executive Director: (503) 269-5694
Erik Sorensen, Communications Director: (503) 488-0263
Immigration, labor and religious groups across the country gather to demand reform this year
WHAT: MAY DAY UNITY MARCH & RALLY
WHEN: 11:00a.m. Friday, May 1, 2009
WHERE: OREGON STATE CAPITOL, 900 COURT ST. NE, SALEM, OREGON
WHO: CAUSA, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Service Employees International Union, Rural Organizing Project, Voz Hispana Causa Chavista, and others
The momentum for immigration reform this year is growing. President Obama has expressed his support for immigration reform. The Senate Judiciary Committee is hosting a hearing at 2 p.m. today to discuss a common sense approach to immigration reform featuring economist Alan Greenspan. On Friday, the grassroots community is demonstrating its support for reform this year by taking to the streets.
From New York City to Los Angeles and every major city in between, immigrant rights grassroots groups will join forces with labor and religious groups to show that Americans want immigration reform this year. We are asking for a common sense approach that gives the hard working men and women already here an earned path to citizenship, keeps families together and provides legal avenues for future workers to seek out opportunities here and join our struggle to strengthen our economy.
Our broken immigration system and broken economy are linked. In order to get the economy going again, we need a common sense solution to immigration. Economists know it. Businesses know it. Labor leaders know it. And the American people demand action. They don't want more excuses from Washington. That's what today's hearing is about, and that is what the May 1st marches are about.
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.