Chicago was among the 183 nationwide rallies pushing for comprehensive immigration reform on Saturday. Those events were part of a national push in 40 states to prepare for a massive rally planned for Tuesday on the national mall in Washington DC.
In Chicago’s Union Park, Governor Quinn, Mayor Emanuel, and Comptroller Topinka joined over 300 faith, labor, and community leaders to call on Republican Leader Peter Roskam for a vote in the House on citizenship, keeping families together and an end to deportations. After the rally, over 400 leaders passed out more than 3,000 flyers and door-hangers to voters in Wheaton, IL, Roskam’s home town, to urge him to lead on the path to citizenship. One group talked to Roskam’s newly naturalized Irish immigrant neighbor who enthusiastically supports the path to citizenship!
In Central IL, led by Illinois People’s Action, 20 leaders braved torrential rain and record heat marching over 50 miles to demand Congressman Rodney Davis support the path to citizenship.
Over the coming weeks, organizations will be putting direct pressure on Deputy Whip Roskam, Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, Majority Whip McCarthy, and the 26 House Republicans who have come out publicly against comprehensive immigration reform.
Join us on Oct 12 for the Mega-March for Dignity and Respect in Chicago as we keep this momentum and pressure on Reps. Roskam, Davis and Congress to pass a path to citizenship.
UFCW Local 1546 represents workers in Illinois and Indiana in a diverse range of industries including grocery and drug retailers; meat cutting, processing, and packing; chemical works; nursing home and healthcare facilities, and many others.