The grassroots drumbeat for immigration reform

On Sunday March, 21st tens of thousands of people will flood the National Mall in our nation's capitol, demanding immigration reform now. From the We March FOR America site:

Our vision of reform includes immigrants and native-born U.S. citizens working shoulder to shoulder to achieve better wages, working conditions, and labor protections.

As activists, organizers and communities ramp up efforts leading up to the march, I want to make sure we highlight the great work happening at the local and state levels too.

In Illinois, a diverse group of organizations and individuals (including faith, labor and community organizations) has pledged to bring over 10,000 people to the march. Led by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the motto of the group is "Friends Keep Promises", with a specific focus on Obama's campaign promise of immigration reform in his first year in office.

Emilio Lozano from local organization Centro Sin Fronteras said:

"It's showdown time. We are united as never before. We will mobilize as never before."

It is, indeed, showdown time. And Illinois is ready to march!

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In New York, Make the Road NY is organizing buses to DC for the march.

Make the Road New York wants to send 40 BUSLOADS OF NEW YORKERS to deliver our message to President Obama and our Representatives to "Keep Your Promises"...

Last week, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition was busy recruiting community leaders and volunteers to help in the fight for immigration reform this year. From TIRRC's website:

In order to pass a bill that reflects our values, we will need to invest a lot of time and energy to move our members of Congress. But we can’t do it alone. Community leadership will be the key that opens the door to real, meaningful reform.

In Texas, local Reform Immigration FOR America affiliate, Reform Immigration FOR Texas held a conference in Austin this past weekend. Over 700 folks turned out to hear various speakers from labor, faith and community organizations commit to fighting for immigration reform this year. Ali Noorani was the keynote speaker and delivered the following message:

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Across the country, people are mobilizing for real immigration reform. While Washington pundits continue to tell us immigration reform is dead in the water, we refuse to back down.

Will you march with us?