This weekend, while Congress voted to pass a historic health care bill, more than 100,000 activists gathered in Washington, D.C. to mark the dawn of a new civil rights movement.
These activists included students, parents and children. They are LGBT and straight, young and old, Asian, African-American, Latino, and Caucasian.
And they are demanding immigration reform and economic justice now.
Called the March for America, this event was one of the largest gatherings of immigrant rights supporters in United States history.
In advance of the march, President Obama pledged to do everything in his power to forge a bipartisan consensus on immigration reform this year.
Reform can't come too soon. Each day without immigration reform, families are torn apart by broken laws. Each day without reform, immigrants are detained and thrown into a system that fails to protect their due process rights. Each day without reform, greedy companies and employers exploit those struggling for work. And each day without reform, scores of U.S. citizens cannot help the partners they love become legal residents.
The March for America is a reminder that our collective heritage is a nation of immigrants. We've lost that vision of America to bigotry and narrow, short-term self-interest. But this year we have the chance to return to our historic roots.
The fight for immigration reform will not be easy. But fighting for social justice never is, and it's why the reform movement needs your support. To help, click here to add your voice to thousands of others standing for fair immigration laws.
Please sign the petition started on Change.org here, the text follows below, thank you!
Targeting: The American Public
Sponsored by: National Immigration Forum
In 2010, Congress is considering a major reform of our immigration system. At the heart of this debate is whether we continue to provide others with the opportunity to attain the American Dream; the Dream of opportunity and freedom that has motivated generations of immigrants throughout our history to start a new life in America.
We all have a role to play in keeping this dream alive.
We need immigration reform that honors our nation's ideals of fairness and justice, protects human dignity, reflects our country's economic needs, celebrates family unity and provides opportunities for progress.
In short, we need to ensure that all immigrants have the same opportunities and freedoms that America has given to the generations of past immigrants.
You can help by pledging to support efforts to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation. Sign the pledge today and become a Keeper of the American Dream and preserve the American Dream for generations to come.
I Want to be a Keeper of the American Dream
Yes, count me in!
I want to become a Keeper of the American Dream and join the National Immigration Forum in keeping the American Dream alive for all newcomers. I pledge to support the Forum’s goal to make sure all immigrants have the same opportunities and freedoms my family had by sharing my story today.