Thousands are mobilizing in Chicago and across country to demand an immediate end to deportations and the passage of immigration reform legislation which will protect workers’ rights and provide for legalization for all workers.
(CHICAGO)— Chicago labor leaders will hold a press conference at 11 A.M. on Thursday, October 3rd to announce the large-scale March for Dignity, Respect and Justice for Immigrants on Saturday, October 12th. This event is a part of a national week of action for immigration reform. Labor and immigrant rights organizations in Chicago and nationwide are escalating pressure on members of Congress to pass an immigration reform bill and demanding that President Obama end deportations immediately.
The organizations participating in Thursday’s press conference include the Chicago Federation of Labor, Illinois AFL-CIO, SEIU Local 1, Local 881 UFCW, Laborers, National Nurses United, Chicago Workers Collaborative and more. Leaders and representatives from labor organizations will be speaking about the urgent need for action on immigration reform and release details on the upcoming march through Chicago.
The October 12th March for Dignity, Respect and Justice for Immigrants will show that Chicagoans are demanding quick action to pass an immigration reform bill that contains a path to citizenship and keeps families together. The march is Saturday October 12th. People will gather at Teamster City at 1645 W. Jackson, at 12 P.M. The march will begin at 2 P.M. and proceed down Jackson to Federal Plaza for a rally at 3 P.M.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 3rd at 11 am
WHERE: SEIU Local 1, 111 E. Wacker, 25th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601
- Jorge Ramirez, President Chicago Federation of Labor
- Tim Drea, Secretary-Treasurer, Illinois AFL-CIO
- Laura Garza, Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU Local 1
- Ron Powell, President, UFCW Local 881
- Jose Zamarripa, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Laborers’ Local 681
- Leone Bicchiere, Chicago Workers Collaborative
- Adelena Marshall, National Nurses United
VISUALS: Signs, Flags, and Union T-Shirts