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New Immigration Alliance Targets DC May 17

For Immediate Release

May 8, 2006

Press Conference

Newly-Forming “We Are America Alliance” Announces Next
Steps to Stop HR 4437 and Press for Real
Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Alliance of key immigrant, grassroots, labor, local,
and national organizations join together to produce a
million new citizens and voters between now and
Election Day 2006, conduct advocacy drives, and
organize future rallies

On Wednesday, May 10th, the newly forming “We Are
America Alliance” will announce its Millions for
Change and Democracy action plan for the coming weeks and months. The Alliance is made up of grassroots, statewide, and national organizations from across the country (see initial list of convening organizations below).

The Alliance will coordinate activities in order to:
1) produce a million new voters and citizens between
now and Election Day 2006; 2) press the nation’s
lawmakers to stop the punitive and harsh HR 4437, and 3) enact real comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship for the nation’s
undocumented immigrants, reunites families, respects
civil rights, and protects workers.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 11:00 a.m. Eastern

WHERE: Holiday Inn on The Hill Federal Ballroom415 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washing ton, DC 20001

WHO: Eliseo Medina, Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU);
Jaime Contreras, President, National Capital
Immigration Coalition Angelica Salas, Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA); EunSook Lee, Executive Director, NAKASEC National Korean American Service & Education Consortium; Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director, Center for Community Change;

Contacts:

Germonique Jones, Center for Community Change, (202)
339-9331 or 202-494-9876

Cheryl Aguilar (en español), Center for Community
Change (202) 339-9316 or (202) 360-7867 (mobile)

Eliza Leighton, National Capital Immigration
Coalition/Casa of Maryland, (301) 431-4185 x264 or
(240) 354-0765

Avril Smith, Service Employees International Union
(SEIU),(202) 730-7480 or (202) 285-8761

Marie Watteau (en español), Servic e Employees
InternationalUnion (SEIU), (202) 842-9882

The first coordinated activity is scheduled for May
17th. With the Senate expected to take up immigration reform that week, grassroots advocates will descend on Washington, D.C. from across the country in support of real comprehensive immigration reform. A rally the same day is expected to78draw five to ten thousand participants. Those from around the nation who cannot make it to Washington, DC that week will be making visits to lawmakers in their home states and districts.

Beginning on July 1st, the “We Are America Alliance”
will begin Democracy Summer to help a million eligible individuals become citizens and voters. On Labor Day Weekend, regional immigration reform mobilizations in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. are expected to attract a million people. During the months of September and October, many of the organizations and networks that make up the Alliance will be mobilizing eligible voters to participate in the November elections.

Over the past several months, millions of immigrants
have come out of the shadows to make their voices
heard in the national immigration reform debate. A
movement has been born. In addition to keeping the
pressure on the policy makers to enact real
comprehensive immigration reform, the
next step is to ensure that eligible immigrants and
their allies hold elected officials accountable at the
ballot box.

Convening Organizations:

We Are America Alliance (in formation)

* Center for Community Change (www.communitychange.org)

* FIRM (Fair Immigration Reform Movement)
(www.fairimmigration.org)

* Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) (www.chirla.org )

* Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
(ICIRR) (www.icirr.org )

* Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition (www.miracoalition.org)

* National Association for Latin and Caribbean
Communities (NALACC) (www.nalacc.org)

* National Capital Immigration Coalition
(www.ncic-metro.org)

* National Day Laborer Organizing Network
(www.ndlon.org )

* National Korean American Social & Education
Consortium (NAKASEC) (www.nakasec.org)

* New American Opportunity Campaign (NAOC)/Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR) (www.cirnow.org)

* New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)
(www.thenyic.org)

* Piñeros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United) (Woodburn, OR) (www.pcun.org )

* Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
(www.seiu.org)

* UNITE HERE! (www.unitehere.org)

Contacts:

Germonique Jones, Center for Community Change, (202)
339-9331 or 202-494-9876

Cheryl Aguilar (en español), Center for Community
Change (202) 339-9316 or (202) 360-7867 (mobile)

Eliza Leighton, National Capital Immigration
Coalition/Casa of Maryland, (301) 431-4185 x264 or
(240) 354-0765

Avril Smith, Service Employees International Union
(SEIU),(202) 730-7480 or (202) 285-8761

Marie Watteau (en español), Servic e Employees
InternationalUnion (SEIU), (202) 842-9882
New website at weareamericaalliance.org

By mopress

Writer, Editor, Social Democrat

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