Live-Blogging the Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign Summit

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Hey folks! Its a beautiful morning here in sunny Washington, DC. Advocates, activists, allies and friends are starting to arrive at the Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign Summit. I will be live-blogging  the Summit over the next three days, filling all of you in on the highlights of this exciting moment in the fight for immigration reform.

Already this morning, a National Press Conference was held to officially launch the RI4A campaign. Check out the diverse list of speakers at the launch:

Arlene Holt Baker, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO

Robert J. Dolibois, Executive Vice President, American Nursery & Landscape Association, Co-Chair, Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform

Eliseo Medina, Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Janet Murguía, President, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Karen Narasaki, President and Executive Director, Asian American Justice Center (AAJC)

John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)

Angelica Salas, Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Hilary O. Shelton, Director, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Washington Bureau, (NAACP)

Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum, Moderator

The national launch comes on the heels of 40 separate local launch events throughout the country this past Monday.

The RI4A campaign is truly being built from the ground up, with a solid, diverse and extensive base of allies and support.

Washington DC is buzzing with the excitement of the moment. I can’t wait to share more with you guys as the Summit unfolds.