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Los Angeles steps up to support immigration reform through two October events

March 10-10-09

On October 1st, a diverse group of leaders in Los Angeles will gather to hold a press conference announcing Faith Leaders’ support of the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. The Press Conference will also announce a day of action on October 10th, when people will march in Los Angeles for just and humane comprehensive immigration reform. The march will start at 10AM at Olympic and Broadway. If you’re in the area, make plans to be there!

Below is information about the press conference tomorrow!

WHAT:  Press Conference

WHEN:  October 1, 2009

TIME: 11:000 a.m.

WHERE:  Parroquia Sagrada Familia, 6401 Rugby Ave., Huntington Park, CA  90255.

A broad based coalition of community based organizations will be joined by members of the clergy, and will host a press conference to announce on-going efforts to win congressional introduction of comprehensive immigration reform.

Last year, President Barack Obama made a solemn pledge to the American people to make sure the Congress received comprehensive immigration reform legislation during the first year of his administration.

Pro immigrant community based organizations, labor unions, students, and now the clergy have devised a strategy where getting the President and Congress to at least introduce immigration reform legislation before the end of the year becomes a priority goal of the highest order.

“The ongoing enforcement only approach directed against undocumented families by the Barack Obama Administration is an ill-guided policy that is unnecessarily dividing families and terrorizing entire communities”, stated Bishop Hector Jerez, a coalition member, and one of its spokespersons.

“We are well aware the President remains committed to having Congress deal with comprehensive immigration reform during his first year in office”, stated Pedro Mejia, the Lynnwood . President of the Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, and another coalition member. “However, we believe we must enlarge our public support of the President. Making his promise a reality as soon as may be possible means a balanced enforcement approach which in the long run does not hurt those we are all trying to support in their already long quest to make sure the Congress reforms our broken immigration laws”, concluded Mr. Mejia

Below is a list of Press Conference attendees and participants:

WHO:  Bishop Héctor Jerez, Vamos Unidos USA, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, Victor D. Nievla, ESQ., Latino Movement USA, Robert Gittdeson, Businessman, the ANSWER Coalition, Alianza Bi-nacional Bracero Proa, la Federación de Clubes y Organizaciones de Zacatecas, Frente Amplio Zacatecano, Alianza Hondureña de Los Angeles, Casa Nicaragua, Consejo de Organizaciones Mexicanas, Comité de Lucha del Poblado El Papalote, A.C., Federación de Clubes y Organizaciones de Chihuahua, National Alliance of Senior Citizens, Movimiento de Lucha Magisterial, A.C., United Teaches of Los Angeles, Central American Round Table, Mr. Kenny McKenzie—Florentine Gardens, Humberto Gomez—Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA-AFL-CIO), Union de Emigrantes Guatemaltecos,  Pedro Mejia, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, Lynnwood,  L.A. Chapter of the Farabundo Marti Liberation Front, Council of Mexican Organizations (COFEM), others.

For more information, please contact:

Magdalena Gomez  (415) 497-2694

Juan Jose Gutierrez (213) 276-4735

Julio Marroquin (626) 705-5983

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