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With a few stubborn opponents to go, immigration advocates rally for reform and jobs

Posted by: Gordon on 4/28/2014
Gamaliel affiliates are memorializing May Day with visits to legislators, marches and a major action by ally Asamblea de Derechos Civiles in Minnesota.

Since last fall, several hundred interfaith Gamaliel leaders across the country joined in national fasts to highlight the need for immigration reform and an end to deportations, raised funds to support Dreamers’ college aspirations, and advocated for an increased minimum wage from San Diego to St. Louis to Buffalo. 

On Thursday affiliates across the country memorialize immigrants and workers with a range of actions:

  • Capital Region Organizing Project will march in Sacramtento, Cal.
  • Faith Coalition for the Common Good in Springfield, Ill. will meet with US Rep. Rodney Davis’ office regarding pathway to citizenship
  • Gamaliel Metro Chicago is participating in Chicago mega-march
  • Indiana Organizing Project is meeting with U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski’s office, 
  • and North Bay Organizing Project is sponsoring a march in Santa Rosa, Cal. 
In Minnesota Thursday, Asamblea leaders plan a bus tour to the offices of U.S. Reps. Peterson, Paulsen, and Kline to advocate that they sign a congressional discharge petition to let HR-15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, come to the floor for a vote.

Currently 191 legislators have signed a discharge petition, over the objections of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. The petition requires a simple majority, or 218 votes, to pass the House. Many Congress-watchers believe HR-15 would pass if called to a vote on the House floor.

The tour will culminate with a march and rally at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, where the group will call for a stop to the deportations that have torn apart families and communities. Stay tuned for more details and post-event stories! 
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