Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Faith Leaders Continue Pilgramage to Tampa

From PICO:

TODAY: Florida Faith Leaders Continue Walk to Tampa, Passing through Orlando
150 Miles. 7 Days. 11 Million American Dreams.

Orlando, Florida. – Today, PICO Florida clergy and leaders from the Dioceses of Orlando and St. Petersburg and supporting congregations enter their third day of “The Way for Citizenship” in solidarity with 11 million aspiring Americans. Pilgrims continued their 150-mile walk from Winter Garden to Tampa, passing through Orlando. Over the course of the next 5 days they will walk as a testament that the movement calling on Congress creates a pathway to citizenship is strong and won’t back down. “The Way for Citizenship” will end in Tampa on Monday, October 14, when participants join supporters from the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg at a candlelight prayer vigil for immigration reform celebrated by Bishop Robert N. Lynch.

Media are invited to meet with them at their stops and to walk with them along their route.

“As people of faith, we urge our Congressional Representatives to support immigration reform with an affordable and attainable pathway to citizenship,” said Nanci Palacios of PICO United Florida. “We believe that citizenship is the only moral response to the current, broken immigration system, which has separated and devastated families and communities. We will not rest until we have a solution that keeps families together and protects our faith values.”

What: The Way to Citizenship, a 150-mile walk from Orlando to Tampa
Who:  Eleven pilgrims, representing 11 million aspiring Americans, will begin walking 150 miles (from Orlando to Tampa) over the course of seven days for a pathway to citizenship in immigration reform. The pilgrims are all community and faith leaders with the PICO Network in Florida.
When:
The pilgrimage will continue through Monday, October 14.

See detailed stops below

Why: There are 11 million people in the United States that work, live, and struggle in the shadows of our communities because of their undocumented immigrant status. Two-thirds of them have been in this country for more than a decade. These people are essential to our economy and are the neighbors with whom we live; go to school, and worship. As a multi-faith organization, PICO Florida believes that full citizenship is the only moral response to the current, broken immigration system – which has separated families and devastated communities.
For up-to-date coverage follow www.facebook.com/PICOUnitedFlorida. See pilgrimage event details below.

The Way for Citizenship Events/Actions (All times local):
Date: October 8
Location:  Comunidad Cristiana Para las Naciones, 11301 South Orange Blossom Trail
Date: October 8
Location:  Mary Queen of the Universe Catholic Church, 8300 Vineland Avenue

Date & Time: October 9, 8:00 a.m.
Location:  Mary Queen of the Universe Catholic Church, 8300 Vineland Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
Date: October 9
Location:  Manantial de Vida, 1600 Mabbette Street
Haines City, FL
Date: October 9
Location:  St. Ann Catholic Church, 1311 E. Robinson Drive
Lakeland, FL
Date & Time: October 10, 8:00 a.m.
Location:  Resurrection Catholic Church, 3855 S. Florida Ave.
Lakeland, FL
Date: October 10
Location:  Inglesia de Dios, 1040 North Brunnell Parkway
Plant City, FL
Date: October 10
Location:  St. Clement Catholic Church, 1104 North Alexander Street
Date & Time: October 11, 8:00 a.m.
Location:  St. Clement Catholic Church, 1104 North Alexander Street
Date: October 11
Location:  Iglesia de Dios Torre Fuerte, 5335 West U.S. Highway 92
Dover, FL
Date: October 11
Location:  First Baptist Church, 3223 Gallagher Road
Date & Time: October 12, 8 a.m.
Location:  First Baptist Church, 3223 Gallagher Road
Brandon, FL
Date: October 12
Location:  Nativity Catholic Church, 705 East Brandon Boulevard

Date & Time: October 14, 8:00 a.m.
Location:  Nativity Catholic Church, 705 East Brandon Boulevard
Tampa, FL
Date: October 14
Location:  Church of God, 7712 East Chelsea Street
Date: October 14
Location:  Mary Help of Christians Center, 6400 East Chelsea Street
Date: October 14
Location:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 North Florida Avenue

CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, PICO National Network (727) 483-8854, cvogel@piconetwork.org
Nanci Palacios, PICO United Florida (813) 625-0496, npalacios@picoflorida.org

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