For Immediate Release: July 11, 2013
Chesapeake, Va.—This week in South Hampton Roads, Virginia Organizing held two screenings of the documentary The Dream is Now to raise awareness and inspire action on comprehensive immigration reform. The events resulted in calls to U.S. Representatives Scott Rigell and Randy Forbes in support of comprehensive immigration reform.
Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk hosted a screening on Monday, July 8 and St. Therese Catholic Church in Chesapeake hosted one on Tuesday, July 9.
Sacred Heart parishioner Victory Gatling said, "I learned a lot from viewing the film and having an opportunity to discuss the issue. I am planning to take action to urge Congressman Rigell to lead us in the right direction. We need comprehensive reform with a pathway to citizenship.”
Geraldine Gomez said she plans to encourage others to attend a screening. "The stories of undocumented people are powerful, but the power to move House legislators resides with citizens who have the power to vote. They must speak up for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship."
Sacred Heart parishioner Neil Walsh committed to take action as well. "As a just and caring nation, and in our own best interest, during this window of opportunity, we must insist that Congress take action now to fix our broken immigration system to include comprehensive reform with a pathway to citizenship."
A photo of the event is below and may be used for publication. To interview a Virginia Organizing spokesperson, please contact Amanda Pohl at 804-337-1912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy Renigar and Diana Kregiel write messages on postcards to U.S. Representative Scott Rigell asking him to support comprehensive immigration reform at Virginia Organizing’s screening of The Dream is Nowin South Hampton Roads. Kregiel said, “As Christians, we cannot sit by and let the immigrant population suffer—we need to act!”
Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.