For Immediate Release: October 3, 2013
What: Immigration Story Collection and Sharing (National Day of Dignity and Respect)
When: Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Holly Family Church (1279 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454)
Virginia Beach, Va.—As part of the National Day of Dignity and Respect on October 5, Virginia Organizing will host five events across the state, including a day of story collection and sharing in Virginia Beach.
“This is an opportunity for immigrants in the community to share our stories and put a human face on the need for comprehensive immigration reform,” said Ana Ibarra, Virginia Organizing South Hampton Roads Chapter leader.
On October 2, a comprehensive immigration reform bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that provides a path to citizenship and provides protections for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in our communities.
“Virginia Organizing is hopeful that a comprehensive immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship will be passed this year,” said Virginia Organizing Chairperson Sandra A. Cook.
The National Day of Action for Dignity & Respect marks the beginning of the immigrant rights movement’s escalation fight for citizenship for aspiring citizens and the immediate end to deportations. More than 130 events are planned on October 5 across the U.S.
Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are available by five-time Grammy award winners Los Tigres del Norte, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (ENG/SPAN), and others, which are being played on national and local Spanish media TV and radio stations. Artists and designers from across the country are also participating in the National Day for Dignity and Respect.
Immigration rights groups will continue to escalate their efforts with a rally and free concert on Tuesday, October 8 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend.
To interview a spokesperson for Virginia Organizing or this event, please contact Amanda Pohl at 804-337-1912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.