People of Faith Lead National Bus Tour for Emancipation

Posted by: Gordon on 6/12/2014
2013 Asamblea Bus Tour image
Last year's bus tour

Traveling from Minnesota to Washington, DC. with stops at congressional offices and actions along the way, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles de Minnesota is taking its fight for Emancipation on the road the week of June 16.

Last year the group visited the members of the House Judiciary Committee throughout the Midwest. This year, they will travel all the way to Washington, D.C to join with Gamaliel leaders Thursday for a meeting with the Congressional Progressive Coalition--after a stop off at House Speaker John Boehner’s district office amongst others.

They know the time is now for a just and comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. They know the current immigration system is unjust and oppressive, that it is destroying families and communities, enslaving and persecuting people. This pilgrimage is an opportunity to let Congress know we will not stop fighting for a just immigration reform and that the power of the Latino vote needs to be recognized.

“The bus trip for Emancipation is the continuation of the Civil Rights Movement. Juneteenth, Emancipation Day, has been a day to celebrate the beginning of the end of slavery. It is an embarrassment, however, that there are more than 11-million people in this country subject to an oppressive immigration system that enslaves, persecutes, and abuses them. We are not afraid. We know that the power of our community and our vote will be seen on election day. We urge congressional representatives to support comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship,” says Pablo Tapia, Asamblea co-founder.

Asamblea leaders including Dreamers and other immigration-rights leaders  will visit the Offices of U.S. Reps. Sensenbrenner, Gutierrez, and Boehner, as well as a Congressional Progressive Caucus Hearing. They will also meet with Senators Klobuchar and Franken of Minnesota. Actions will be held at the Office of John Boehner in Ohio and at the White House. They plan to return home from there, getting back to Minnesota Friday, June 20.

“Coming on the heels of the dramatic Cantor upset, this tour is another chance to show Rep. Boehner and others that we need immigration reform now!” says Gamaliel national Civil Rights for Immigrants Campaign Chair Jesusa Rivera.
By Cirien Saadeh
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