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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement and The Nation to Host Presidential Forum in Las Vegas

For Planning Purposes: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Contact: Carlos Vogel, 202-239-2133, cvogel@cccaction.org


Presidential Candidates Sanders and O’Malley Confirmed


(Washington)— The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), in partnership with The Nation, will host a nonpartisan presidential candidate forum that will take place in two sessions in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, November 8th and Monday November 9th, 2015 at the LINQ Hotel. All Republican and Democratic presidential candidates have been invited to participate. Presidential candidates Sanders and O’Malley have confirmed attendance.

The presidential forum sessions are part of a three day FIRM Strategy Summit that will take place in Las Vegas, NV from November 8-10. FIRM is the largest national coalition of grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the state, local, and federal level.


WHO:      Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders (Confirmed).

                  Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley (Confirmed).

                  All Republican and Democratic candidates have been invited.

WHAT:   Presidential Forum.

WHEN:   Sunday, November 8th at 4:00 p.m. PST. (Candidate Martin O’Malley)

               Monday, November 9th at 11:00 a.m. PST (Candidate Bernie Sanders)                


Immigrant Rights Advocates, Including New Orleans’ Fasters, Delivered Petition to RNC Headquarters Calling for Hatred and Bigotry to End

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Contact: Carlos Vogel, cvogel@cccaction.org (202) 239-2133

RNC’s Unwillingness to Condemn Hateful Speech is Unacceptable

(WASHINGTON) —More than 100 immigrant rights advocates, including several people who fasted last week in New Orleans, Casa in Action, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Reform Immigration FOR America, Presente, and Center for Popular Democracy Action protested in front of the Republican National Committee today and delivered over 33,000 petition signatures calling on Chairman Reince Priebus to take a strong and public stance against bigotry by denouncing any presidential candidate who targets immigrant communities for racist attacks as a way to appeal to voters, and by denying funding for their campaigns.

The petition delivery comes on the heels of constant hateful anti-immigrant rants spouted by presidential candidates and other Republican leaders since the 2016 campaign started. The racist hate speech is only encouraging hatred and violence toward the immigrant community.

“I blame the anti-immigrant, anti-Latino, and anti-working families hateful...

Fasters to the Fifth Circuit: Your Intentional Anti-Immigrant Political Delay Strategy Won’t Work

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Contact: Carlos Vogel, cvogel@communitychange.org (202) 239-2133

(New Orleans, LA)—Today, The Fast to Keep Families Together participants, along with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), directly impacted immigrant families and national leaders representing faith, labor, civil rights and the community held a powerful closing ceremony with a prayer, testimonials from the fasters and breaking of bread outside the courthouse in New Orleans to end the nine-day fast they had hoped would get the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to put aside their intentional anti-immigrant partisan agenda and issue a ruling on administrative relief.

The fast and vigil started last Wednesday, October 14th outside the courthouse with nine participants from Arizona, California, Kansas, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, and Oregon. Four more fasters from Illinois, Georgia, and Virginia joined this week. Solidarity fasts and actions were held in Arizona, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas, and fasters were visited by national and local leaders who joined them in solidarity for periods of one to three days.

The court’s delay in issuing a ruling has made many wonder if they are acting with a political bias in order to advance a conservative agenda being pushed by Republican Attorneys General and...

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