Iowa faith leaders to call for immigration reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen McQuillen   
Friday, 21 June 2013 13:33
WHAT:   Faith in Action - A Call for Immigration Reform

WHEN:   June 27; 7:00 PM

WHERE: Trinity United Methodist Church, 8th & College Ave., Des Moines

DES MOINES – The Network for Immigration Reform, a coalition of 20 organizations in Central Iowa rallying for immigration reform legislation, presents Faith in Action - A Call to Action for Immigration Reform. Trinity United Methodist Church, at 8th and College in Des Moines, will host this event on Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 PM.

Organizers believe now is the time to push Congress to make laws that keep Iowa’s cities and towns a welcoming place for immigrants, while allowing families to stay together and creating a clear path to citizenship.

“The faith community has long spoken of ‘welcoming our neighbors,’ and we are coming together now to send this message to our elected officials,” said Naomi Sea Young Wittstruck of the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. “Speaking from our faith traditions, we urge passage this summer of humane immigration reform legislation.”

Speakers will include:
•       Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank, Tifereth Israel Synagogue
•       Bishop Alan Scarfe, Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
•       Bishop Julius Trimble, Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
•       Baljit Singh Virdi, Iowa Sikh Temple

Immigrants will share their stories of adjustment, celebration, and continuing challenges in their new communities.

This event follows on the heels of a June 15 march in which 300 people walked through the streets of Des Moines to demonstrate support for immigration reform.

Future events include a July film showing of  “The Dream is Now” (date TBD)

Rally for Immigration Reform – July 27; 2 – 4 pm, Iowa Capitol grounds

Contact: Kathleen McQuillen/AFSC, 515-274-4851, ext: 22
Paul Turner, AMOS 515-554-3433
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