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Alaskans Step Up Calls for Immigration Reform TONIGHT

AFL-CIO AND UNITE HERE ENDORSE THE CAMPAIGN TO REFORM IMMIGRATION FOR AMERICA; FAITH LEADERS JOIN THE CHORUS CALLING FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION


ANCHORAGE, AK – Just two weeks after more than 100 Alaskans gathered in Anchorage alongside 200,000 Americans in Washington, DC, Alaskans are upping the ante. They will be gathering in a more formal setting with leaders from the faith, labor, and immigrant communities to call for immediate action from the Alaskan federal delegation. On Wednesday, April 7th at 6pm in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church over 100 community members will gather to discuss real solutions.

Special guests include Dave Becket, Superintendent of the Alaska United Methodist Conference; Paul Bolling, Pastor of First Christian Church; Vince Beltrami, President of the Alaska AFL-CIO; Marvin Jones, President of Unite Here Local 878; and representatives from all three Congressional offices. The meeting is a grassroots event, sponsored by a number of local faith congregations. "It is time for our nation to do something, to come up with legislation that cares for the people," said Bolling

Local residents are anxious in their wait for comprehensive immigration reform, and are calling for public statements of support for moving legislation this spring. “There is an urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform that reflects the value of Alaskan workers, families, and our economy as a whole,” said Beltrami, “We need the support of our congressional delegation on this issue.”

Concerns over immigration legislation are heating up across the US and Alaska this week, with over 50 Alaskans dropping in to visit their representatives demanding reform in just the first week. The recent blueprint for immigration reform in the Washington Post has only intensified that energy, alongside angst over attempted quick and dirty fixes being proposed in the Alaska Legislature. Alaskans want a long-term comprehensive solution to a long-term problem; a solution that puts Alaskan families, businesses, and the whole community first.

Details: Wednesday, April 7th, 2010. Potluck starts at 5:30pm, Discussion starts at 6:00pm. St Mary’s Episcopal Church at 2222 Tudor Rd, corner of Lake Otis.

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