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3/27 Washington DC: National Action at the Capitol for Immigrant Rights
Released 23 March 2006  By Center for Community Change

National Action at the Capitol for Immigrant Rights

March 27, 2006 @ 11 AM
West Lawn of the United States Capitol

Dear Friends,

On March 16th and 17th community leaders of our nation's immigrant rights movement gathered in Chicago to learn from one another. Suddenly, news filtered in that the Senate Judiciary Committee was seriously considering immigration reform amendments that included legalization. The Senate debate changed overnight: New alliances were forged and political battle lines were drawn.

We quickly realized that Monday, March 27, 2006 - when the Judiciary Committee is to return for a final markup and vote on legalization amendments - must be the day our communities are heard through the halls of Congress, and across cities and towns of America.

Conversations spilled into hallways and cell phones as a plan was developed. National foundations stepped in with critical support. National organizations committed resources. On the final day of the meeting, over 50 organizations committed to bringing 100 religious leaders and 1000 community leaders to Washington, DC on March 27th. In addition, hundreds of events were confirmed to take place that day in communities across the country in a coordinated show of public force for immigrant rights.

We also realized that our limited financial resources must stretch through the Senate and Conference Committee phases (at least until April 10th) of the immigration reform debate. It is clear to that to do so our communities must take financial ownership of our movement. We are asking:
- Communities to cover the cost of individuals to fly to DC for the day on March 27th.
- Organizations to join together to share the cost of buses.
- Confirmations for turnout (religious leaders and grassroots leaders) should be sent ASAP (by March 22) to event organizers.

National resources will be directed to assist organizations with travel costs - but a local contribution must be made.

We ask that all who are able - religious, labor, community leaders - gather at the West Lawn of the United States Capitol on March 27, 2006 at 11:00 AM.

At this point, it is clear that the image of religious leaders targeted as criminals for assisting immigrants is our strongest message. Therefore, on March 27th, we must bring thousands of community leaders, with strong representation from religious leaders, from across the country to DC as a show of force that will shatter the racist, xenophobic political grandstanding led by Senate Majority Leader Frist and Speaker of the House Hastert.

Details will emerge over the following week. If you have questions, please contact the individuals below who are just a few of the many leaders working to make this National Action Plan a reality.

In Solidarity,

Center for Community Change, the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, the Gamaliel Foundation, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, the National Capital Immigrant Coalition, the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium, the New American Opportunity Campaign, the New York Immigration Coalition, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, and more.

For More Information, contact:
Rich Stolz rstolz@communitychange.org
(334) 202-1815

Son Ah Yun
syun@communitychange.org
(202) 360-6824


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