Washington, DC – Today hundreds of UNITE HERE members from six states will be among the tens of thousands of people gathering in the nation’s capital to demand the House Republican leadership pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Additionally, dozens of UNITE HERE members will be preparing to take arrest as part of a broader civil disobedience action that will be the climax of the event. UNITE HERE is the largest contingent participating in the arrest action, representing 25% of the arrestees.
The event today is the culmination of actions in more than 160 cities in support of immigration reform that were held on Saturday, Oct. 5. Thousands of activists will be in DC tomorrow, including union members, celebrities and elected leaders, all demanding comprehensive immigration reform. Attendees include Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) who will be joined by 30 members of Congress, Randi Weingarten, Julian Bond, D. Taylor and high-ranking faith leaders from diverse religious backgrounds and immigration reform leaders. Performers will include Los Tigres del Norte and Lila Downs.
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