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40 Cities Launch Campaign to Reform Immigration FOR America

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Yesterday, diverse allies in 40 different cities across the country came together to launch the Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign.  Reading through the press coverage of the launches, its truly inspiring to see just how broad support is for the campaign.

In Los Angeles, hundreds of people marched to launch the RI4A Campaign:

los angeles RI4a

Carrying signs that read “Economic Recovery Includes Immigration Reform,” the demonstrators marched from the Our Lady Queen of Angels church to City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, where they held a rally calling for an immigration reform that they said would benefit all citizens.

Angelica Salas, executive director for the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles, said that the campaign “promotes immigration reform that actually promotes economic opportunity for all.”

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti joined the demonstrators in their call to action.

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, our partners at Somos un Pueblo Unido launched the RI4A campaign:

Advocates reported that 9 media outlets attended the launch and 105 people showed up, despite the mid-day timing of the launch. Community leaders from five cities  in the area and Senator Jeff Bingaman’s aide came to the press conference and spoke.

Somos also worked with a local news affiliate to create a PSA for the Text Action Alert Network supporting the RI4A Campaign. Check it out below:

In Portland, OR:

Leaders from CAUSA , PCUN, Rural Organizing Project, Mujeres Luchadores Progresistas and the Oregon Association of Nurseries held a press briefing at the Oregon State Capitol to discuss the National Campaign to pass fair and just Comprehensive Immigration Reform this year. Check out the video of the briefing below:

In Chicago, IL, our partners at ICIRR launched the RI4A Campaign in the historic Jane Addams Hull House, home of immigrant organizing in the early 1900’s. At the launch:

ICIRR RI4A launch

Representatives from labor, business and faith spoke about the need to reform immigration for all workers, for the economy and for families in America.

An interfaith coalition of Catholic, Muslim, Evangelical and Jewish leaders joined in support of the campaign. Representatives of organizations involved in ongoing local and national campaigns joined in support including the Ya Basta! campaign, the Familias Unidas campaign and the Detention Watch Network.

Chinese, Korean, African, Latino, Muslim, Arab and Polish immigrant communities also joined to show their support for the Reform Immigration for America campaign.

Also, be sure to check out the video below. It features Jorge Ramirez of the Chicago Federation of Labor speaking at the event.

One thing is clear: the fight is ON for Immigration Reform in 2009. If you want to check out a full list of press coverage from yesterday’s launches, keep reading after the jump. I think its worth noting that news outlets in places like Augusta, Georgia and Kenosha, Wisconsin are even covering immigration news. Not only are we gaining momentum, but we are getting the attention of the media, the American Public and, most importantly, members of Congress.

TV Clips: http://www.criticalmention.com/report/7770×74217.htm

San Francisco Chronicle: SoCal activists march for immigration reform

June 1, 2009

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/06/01/state/n154427D28.DTL&type=politics

Boston Globe: Groups push for US immigration reform

June 2, 2009

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/02/groups_push_for_us_immigration_reform/

Miami Herald: South Florida groups to push for immigration reform

By Jose Pagliery

June 2, 2009

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/southflorida/story/1076949.html

Tennesseean: Nashville coalition pushes immigration changes

By Janell Ross

June 2, 2009

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090602/NEWS01/906020336/Nashville+coalition+pushes+immigration+changes

Orlando Sentinel: New immigration-reform push starts with rallies, heartfelt letters from students

June 2, 2009

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-immigration-reform-060109,0,230163.story

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Rally held here for immigration reform

By Paula Reed Ward

June 2, 2009

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09153/974311-53.stm

Lincoln Journal Star: Group trying to build momentum for immigration reform

By Art Hovey

June 1, 2009

http://journalstar.com/articles/2009/06/01/news/local/doc4a24567844bad211161950.txt

Las Vegas Sun: Immigration advocates rally for system overhaul

By Torey Van Oot

June 1, 2009

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jun/01/pro-immigration-groups-rally-system-overhaul/

Omaha World Herald: Advocates call for ‘humane’ immigration reform

By Leslie Reed

June 1, 2009

http://omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10644522

Augusta Chronicle: Activists launch immigration reform campaign

June 2, 2009

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/06/02/met_526073.shtml

Press Enterprise: New coalition pushes for eased immigration rules

By David Olson

June 1, 2009

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_S_immigration02.3ddc025.html

South Coast Today: Advocates push immigration reform

By Becky Evans

June 2, 2009

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090602/NEWS/906020309/-1/NEWS01

Salinas Californian: Salinas Valley immigration coalition rallies

By Leslie Griffy

June 2, 2009

http://thecalifornian.com/article/20090602/NEWS01/906020311/1002/NEWS01/Salinas+Valley+immigration+coalition+rallies

North County Times: Activists kick off immigration reform campaign

By Edward Sifuentes

June 1, 2009

http://www.northcountytimes.com/articles/2009/06/01/news/sandiego/z467bf16232ee4dde882575c800725376.txt

Santa Barbara Independent: Activists Protest for Immigration Reform

By Allison M. Jones

June 2, 2009

http://www.independent.com/news/2009/jun/02/activists-protests-immigration-reform/

Kenosha News: State immigrant-rights coalition to participate in national campaign

By Terry Flores

June 2, 2009

http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/state_immigrantrights_coalition_to_participate___in_national_campaign_5064585.html

Nebraska State Paper: Amnesty Rally Pushes for Citizenship

By Ryan Boetel and Sam McKewon

June 1, 2009

http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2009/06/01/4a24a939b9343

Georgia Public News: Advocates Push for Immigration Reform

June 1, 2009

http://gpbnews.blogspot.com/2009/06/advocates-push-for-immigration-reform.html

Progress Illinois: Quigley, Reform Immigration FOR America Launch Nationwide Campaign

By Adam Doster

June 1, 2009

http://progressillinois.com/2009/6/1/quigley-immigration-reform-nationwide-campaign

Xinhua: Hundreds demonstrate in Los Angeles for U.S. immigration reform

June 1, 2009

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/02/content_11471750.htm

American Chronicle: Campaign Launch Events: Reform Immigration FOR America

June 2, 2009

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/104567

OPB News: Immigration Reform, What’s It Mean To You?

By April Baer

June 2, 2009

http://news.opb.org/article/5111-immigration-reform-whats-it-mean-you/

KFSN News: Immigration Reform

By Graciela Moreno

June 1, 2009

http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/politics&id=6843333

KPBS News: San Diego Activists Part of Nationwide Immigration Reform Effort

By Amy Isacskon

June 1, 2009

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2009/jun/01/san-diego-activists-part-nationwide-immigration-re/

KXNT News: Immigration Advocates Hold Rally

June 2, 2009

http://www.kxnt.com/Immigration-Advocates-Hold-Rally/4516706

WABE News: Renewed push for immigration reform  Charles Edwards

June 1, 2009

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wabe/news.newsmain/article/1/0/1512642/Atlanta/Renewed.push.for.immigration.reform

Westword Blog: Immigrant-rights activists kick off campaign

By Josh Ezpinoza

June 2, 2009

http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2009/06/immigrant_rights_activists_kic.php

Feet in Two Worlds: Organizations Launch National Campaign to Push For Immigration Reform

By Diego Graglia

June 1, 2009

http://feetin2worlds.wordpress.com/2009/06/02/organizations-launch-national-campaign-to-push-for-immigration-reform/

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