FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Feb. 28, 2013
Promise Arizona kicks off Yuma leg of national pro-immigrant bus tour
YUMA – Promise Arizona hosts a press conference in Yuma on Thursday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. at Mision de Guadalupe, 417 15 Ave., Yuma, AZ, as part of the group’s four-day statewide bus tour promoting comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together.
During the four-day bus tour, which kicked off in Phoenix Wednesday morning, activists and immigrant families are visiting the offices of Members of Congress to extend personal invitations to attend a major immigrants’ rights rally and revival on Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at First Institutional Baptist Church, 1141 East Jefferson St., Phoenix.
“It’s time to end the suffering that immigrant families are facing under our nation’s current policy,” said Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona. “The message we want public officials and community leaders to receive is that today’s immigration system is outdated, inefficient and harmful to immigrant families, and it’s time we replaced it with a system that respects the social and economic contributions of millions of immigrant families.”
Community leaders and public officials from across the state have been invited to attend the March 2 event. Falcon said trained Promise Arizona supporters will fan out in area neighborhoods after Saturday’s rally to register new voters and boost support for comprehensive immigration reform.
Anyone wanting to attend the rally, which is free and open to the public, or volunteer that day is asked to call 602-910-2527.
“Immigration reform is happening this year because Latino voters turned out in record numbers in November,” said Falcon. “We intend to keep reminding our Members of Congress and our state’s leadership of that fact every step of the way as the debate over U.S. immigration policy continues.”
Promise Arizona volunteers also has been conducting a continuous phone bank this week calling on Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona and other Members of Congress in the state to support immigration reform.
The Arizona bus tour is part of the national “Keeping Families Together Campaign” led by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement. The campaign involves dozens of immigrants’ rights groups across the country and was organized to advocate for legislative reforms that reaffirm the sanctity of families and expose the damage being done to immigrant communities by current federal policy.
Promise Arizona has invited 1,000 immigrants and supporters of immigrants’ rights to attend the March 2 rally and revival in honor of the estimated 1,000 immigrants who get deported from the United States every day under current immigration policy.
More than 500 immigrant families are taking part in regional bus tours across the country, according to Fair Immigration Reform Movement, and immigrants’ rights groups in 19 states, 90 cities, and more than 40 Congressional districts around the country will participate.
|6:45 AM||Arrive at Casilla Guadalupe||Arrive at 417 15 Ave Yuma, AZ 85364- Welcome Mass begins at 7am|
|7:59 AM||Breakfast||Cassilla Guadalupe, 417 15 Ave Yuma, AZ 85364|
|9:00 AM||Press Conference||Same location (press conference and interviews)|
|9:29 AM||Wrap up||Same Location|
|10:00 AM||En Route to Grijalvas office||En Route to 130 N State Ave. Somerton, AZ 85350|
|10:30 AM||Arrive at Grijalvas office||Arrive at 130 N State Ave. Somerton, AZ 85350|
|March 2 Rally Information:ival forFirst Institutional Baptist Church
1141 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Cultural Presentation
10:00 a.m. Program
12:00 p.m. Action
A movement for a path to
unconditional citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants is growing and we want you to join.
To RSVP or volunteer,
call (602) 910-2527
Promise Arizona’s mission is to recruit, train, and support a new generation of leaders from across the state to build a new Arizona, one in which all residents have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Born out of the fight against an increasingly hostile, anti-immigrant environment, Promise Arizona is building the organizational infrastructure needed to make a difference in the lives of immigrant families.