The Network for Immigration Reform Now--a coalition of organizations including AFSC Iowa, Methodist Federation for Social Action, CCI, LULAC, the United Methodist Church and Las Americas/Trinity UMC--will be hosting a demonstration and press conference for "Stop Deportation Now" at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 4, outside the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines.
Jody Mashek directs the Immigration Legal Services component of AFSC’s Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines.
In one particular case, this man from Eritrea had not seen his wife and children in nine years. And he was such a ‘Dad’ figure, you could tell how much it hurt him not to be around his family. He cried in my office a couple times – here was this man in his 50s.
Nearly 300 Iowans march for immigration reform in Des Moines on June 15, 2013.
Join us with family and friends to ask the U.S. House of Representatives and Rep. Tom Latham to vote yes for immigration reform now.
This event will include music, speakers, clowns, beverages and more for people of all ages and backgrounds. See the attached flyers in English and Spanish for more details. Sponsored by the Network for Immigration Reform Now, which includes AFSC Iowa and nearly two dozen other groups.
By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator
Trinity United Methodist Church in Des Moines, home of the Las Americas UMC Faith Community, was the gathering point for 200 people who came together to lift up a faith-based call for humane immigration reform.
Led by immigrant youth known as Dreamers, nearly 300 immigrants and allies marched and rallied in Des Moines on June 15 to call for comprehensive immigration reform now. AFSC joined with 20 other organizations in planning the event.
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