2:34 PM Eastern - Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Momentum: Members and allies mobilize for immigration reform #default

922685_451487411605584_1410938331_n copy.jpgAcross the country these past few weeks SEIU members joined allies to bolster the momentum for commonsense immigration reform. Thousands of members, activists and organizations mobilized in their home districts, while some members lobbied on Capitol Hill as a part of an SEIU member lobby program.

Since the beginning of February, SEIU's network of local union leaders has participated in a whopping 219 in-district meetings with Members of Congress or their staff.

In addition to those in-district meetings, members and allies added their voices in support of #CIR13 to:

a "Nuns on the Bus" rally on Capitol Hill, a new ad that tells the story of how reform will bolster our economy, a big rally in Chicago keynoted by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., an NBC Right Now video on how immigration legislation is moving forward and last (but certainly not least!), a compilation of SEIU immigrants and activists who are on the front lines fighting for reform.

More activity throughout the country:


In Arizona, the Phoenix City Council passed a resolution calling on Congress to pass immigration reform. SEIU and allies have now helped to pass 26 city, county or state resolutions in support of commonsense reform, with more than 27 others moving at the city or state level.

AZMcCainCIR.pngSEIU and Mi Familia Vota gathered with allies to show their support for Senator McCain's leadership on immigration reform. More than 70 allies also turned out to Representative Salmon's town hall.

In Florida, joined by Organizing for Action, CIR Now, Farmworker Association of Florida, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Network of National Farmworker Ministry, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Youth and the Youth Adult, Mi Familia Vota and SEIU rallied in front of Representative Mica's office in support of reform.

Mi Familia Vota and SEIU also participated in the largest observance of Memorial Day in the country at the National Cemetery in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.


In Boston, immigrants and advocates gathered to rally for new immigration laws and underscore the impact deportations have on families. The event was organized in honor of Mother's Day by a collection of immigration advocacy groups, including MassUniting, the Student Immigrant Movement, and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.

In Pittsburgh, SEIU 32BJ Pennsylvania Director Gabe Morgan teamed up with the President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce to publish an op-ed in support of immigration reform.

In New Jersey, SEIU members participated in dozens of events over the last several weeks including a press conference and rally supporting the NJ DREAM Act and welcoming events for the "Nuns on the Bus" tour.

In New York, SEIU members participated in a press conference and kickoff for "Remember November" voter registration activities. Other states that have conducted recent voter registration drives include: Arizona, Texas, Florida, Colorado and California.

Workers United members in the midwest collected petitions and phone banked in support of commonsense immigration reform. In total, SEIU helped drive 6,068 calls to priority Senators in the past week, and will continue to move calls over the next few weeks.

In Chicago, about 100 activists attended a town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Dan Lipinski, pressing him on immigration reform.

In Ohio, SEIU Local 1 members called Senator Portman.

In Minnesota, two members from SEIU Local 26 joined allies for events on Capitol Hill in the final week of the Senate Judiciary markup. SEIU members also rallied over the weekend and spoke with Representative Ellison on immigration reform.

At SEIU Local 26 rally on immigration reform in Minnesota


In Nevada, Mi Familia Vota, SEIU and over 1000 community members attended a public assembly highlighting the pathway to citizenship, where Senator Reid spoke and inspired attendees to carry the fight forward. The Reno Gazette Journal covered the event.

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