Saturday, October 5, 2013

Faith Leaders to Begin a 150 Miles Pilgrimage for Citizenship

From PICO:

Florida Faith Leaders to Begin “The Way for Citizenship” Pilgrimage:
150 Mile Walk to Urge Congress to Support Immigration Reform with a Pathway to Citizenship

Orlando, Florida. – On Monday, October 7th, PICO Florida clergy and leaders from the Dioceses of Orlando and St. Petersburg and supporting congregations will start “The Way for Citizenship” in solidarity with 11 million aspiring Americans. Pilgrims will walk 150 miles from Winter Garden to Tampa-and from Clearwater to Tampa-over the course of 7 days as a testament that the call for Congress to pass immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship is not over. “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.

“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: PICO Pilgrims walk 150 miles in solidarity with 11 million aspiring Americans and urge Congress to pass
          immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship.

Who:  PICO Florida clergy and leaders, DREAMers, immigrant youth, and supporters from the Dioceses of Orlando and
          St. Petersburg and other denominations and congregations.

When: Monday, October 7 – Monday, October 14, 2013
Where: Start: October 7, 9:00 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 1211 Winter Garden Vineland Rd,
            Winter Garden, FL 34787

            Ends: October 14, 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Media: PICO Florida clergy and leaders will be available for interviews.

PICO United Florida is a non-partisan, multi-county network of congregations and a member of the PICO National Network. In 2012, PICO led the fight to defeat Amendment 3 by mobilizing over 260 congregations and contacting nearly 1.5 million voters. Our current focus includes a national campaign for citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, access to an affordable college education in Florida, foreclosure prevention, voting rights, and economic disparity. Learn more at

PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at

CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, PICO National Network (727) 483-8854,
                 Nanci Palacios, PICO United Florida (813) 625-0496,


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