FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / Feb. 13, 2013
Deepak Bhargava, executive director of the Center for Community Change, to lead community discussion on comprehensive immigration reform
PHOENIX (Feb. 12, 2013) Deepak Bhargava, executive director of the Center for Community Change, will lead a community discussion today regarding federal comprehensive immigration reform efforts and its impact on Arizona and the nation. Arizona’s leading immigrants rights activists have been invited to attend a special luncheon at the George Washington Carver Museum, 415 E Grant St Phoenix, AZ 85004, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
The news media is invited to attend. Mr. Bhargava will be available for interviews beginning at 2 p.m.
The Center for Community Change is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change the policies and institutions that affect their lives.
Mr. Bhargava conceived and led the Center’s work on immigration reform, which has resulted in the creation of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a leading grassroots network pressing for changes in the country’s immigration laws.
He has spearheaded the creation of innovative new projects like Generation Change, a program that recruits, trains and places the next generation of community organizers, and the Community Voting Project, which brings large numbers of low-income voters into the electoral process.
Mr. Bhargava has written on these issues for a range of publications including The Washington Post, The Nation, and The American Prospect. He has testified before Congress on over 20 occasions.
Mr. Bhargava currently serves on the boards of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the Discount Foundation, the League of Education Voters, The Nation editorial board, and the National Advisory Board for the Open Society Institute.
Born in Bangalore, India, Mr. Bhargava immigrated to the United States when he was a child. He grew up in New York City and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his partner Harry Hanbury, a documentary filmmaker.