Gamaliel affiliate, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles toured 9 Midwest Cities to Urge Judiciary Committee to Pass Immigration Reform Now
By Jesusa Rivera, Chair, Civil Rights for All Immigrants, Indiana Organizing Project, Gamaliel
On Monday August 19, the civil rights group, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (Assembly for Civil Rights), ADC an affiliate of Gamaliel, a grassroots network of non-partisan, faith-based organizations in 17 U.S. states started a weeklong bus tour to urge the Judiciary Committee to pass immigration reform.
The group of over forty visited members of the Judiciary Committee in the following Midwest cities: Burnsville, MN, Davenport, IA, Chicago, IL, Brookfield, WI, Lima, Troy, and Cincinnati, OH, Farmington and St. Charles, MO.
“Last week, we celebrated the one year anniversary of the executive order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), said Pablo Tapia, co-founder of ADC. Gamaliel affiliates across the country made congressional visits to deliver half birthday cakes to members of congress. Half cakes because the wok is half done. DACA is beneficial for many, but it is not a permanent and stable solution and it leaves millions of people out. We’re going to keep fighting.”
Ana Garcia-Ashley, Executive Director of Gamaliel said, “We need an immigration reform now. The family is the basic unit of our society, but our broken immigration system divides families and keeps loved ones apart for years and even decades.”
On Tuesday, August 20th the bus made a Stop in Civil Rights Heritage Center - 1040 West Washington Street, South Bend, IN and held a Press Conference / Rally with Indiana Organizing Project, Civil Rights for All Immigrants, Gamaliel
Asamblea de Derechos Civiles is a statewide, faith-based organization which organizes immigrants from predominantly Latino congregations to build power to change the immigration system and the underlying political and economic structures behind it.
Gamaliel (Gamaliel.org) is a grassroots network of non-partisan, faith-based organizations in 17 U.S. states, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Gamaliel organizes to empower ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives. Gamaliel’s diverse members apply their faith and values to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all, shared abundance, and stronger, more prosperous communities.
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