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640510/5 Boston, MA: Immigrant March for Respect and Reform

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    Sep 21, 2013

      PRESS ADVISORY
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Saturday, September 21, 2013

      CONTACT:
      Franklin Soults, MIRA Coalition
      fsoults@...
      617-350-5480 ext. 204
      216-849-2271 (cell)

       

      Patricia Montes, Centro Presente
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      (617) 629-4731
      (617) 959-3108 (cell)



      Boston Immigrant March for Respect and Reform Set for October 5

      Dozens of national actions across the nation will demand a vote on immigration reform and an end to deportations


      BOSTON, MA – On October 5 beginning at noon, a broad group of immigration reform supporters will rally in Boston for immigrant respect and for comprehensive immigration reform. They will demand an end to deportation practices that have driven 11 million immigrants into the shadows, and the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship, which would accord these immigrants the full respect of the society to which they belong and strengthen the economy to which they contribute.

      The Boston rally will be one of over 90 being held throughout the U.S. on October 5 to raise a collective voice for immigrant dignity and respect, and to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to move forward with an immigration reform bill this year. After the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan immigration legislation (S. 744) that includes a pathway to citizenship in June, progress was blocked by House Speaker John Boehner, who refused early this summer to bring any comprehensive bill to the floor of the House. Now, after a summer of actions in which 26 members of Boehner’s Republican party have declared their support for reform, the combined force of labor, community, ethnic and faith organizations will call for Speaker Boehner to stop blocking the passage of comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship —a concept now supported by a bipartisan majority of representatives.
         
      To that end, the rally will call on all members of the Massachusetts delegation to the House — all of them Democrats —  to raise their voices publicly for consideration of a comprehensive bill with a path to citizenship and without militarization of the border. The rally will begin with a noon march from Copley square past several branches of Bank of America, which supporters will publicly call to stop supporting Speaker Boehner with campaign contributions.

      WHAT/ WHERE:

      Rally begins at noon, Saturday Oct. 5
      Copley Square Boston

      Participants will march to downtown Boston and rally in downtown Boston (site TBA)

      WHO:

      The New England Coalition for Keeping Families Together includes: Agencia ALPHA, Alliance to Develop Power (ADP), Brazilian Immigrant Center, Brazilian Women's Group, Centro Latino, Centro Presente, Chelsea Collaborative, Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, Community Connections of Brockton, East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC), Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC), JUNTA for Progressive Action (New Haven, CT), Latinos Unidos de Massachusetts (LUMA), Massachusetts Community Action Network/PICO National Network, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), New Bedford Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (CEDC), New Hampshire Alliance of Immigrants and Refugees, ¿Oiste?, Roca Inc, SEIU 32BJ, Unidad Latina (New Haven, CT), Worcester Immigrant Coalition

       

       
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