Saturday, October 5, 2013

National Mall Rally on October 8

From Bend the Arc

RABBI TO RISK ARREST AS THOUSANDS RALLY ON NATIONAL MALL FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
 
Deportations Continue Despite Shutdown, Pressure to Pass Immigration Reform Intensifies
 
Tens of thousands of people from dozens of national and local faith groups, immigration rights organizations, labor unions, and community groups will gather on the National Mall on Tuesday for Camino Americano, a massive demonstration of solidarity and support for comprehensive immigration reform.  Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, will address the crowd on the Mall and lead others in prayer at the office of Representative Eric Cantor, the only Jewish leader in the House Republican caucus.  Rabbi Kimelman-Block is one of the few faith leaders—and the only rabbi—who will engage in civil disobedience and risk arrest at the demonstration.
 
While ideological extremists in the House of Representatives have shut down the government, deportations of more than 1,000 people each day continue.  The demonstration will refocus the nation’s attention on the urgent need for immigration reform, which passed the Senate and has enough votes to pass a long-awaited and still-unscheduled floor vote in the House. Activists are calling for House Republican leaders to stand up to extremists in their party and call the vote.

INTERFAITH ACTIONS
WHAT:
Interfaith prayer service and press conference
WHEN:
Prayer service begins at 9:30 am, press conference begins at 10 am
WHERE:
West Lawn of the Capitol Building
WHO:
National interfaith leaders
 
WHAT:
Pray-in led by Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block at Rep. Cantor’s Office
WHEN:
10:30 am
WHERE:
Rep. Eric Cantor’s Office
WHO:
Bend the Arc’s Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block and several participants
INTERVIEWS:
To interview Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, contact Emma Stieglitz, [email protected], (646) 200-5307
 

MALL DEMONSTRATION
WHAT:
10,000 people demonstrating in support of immigration reform, concert and speaking program.  Rabbi Jason Kimelman will address crowd to speak about the Jewish community’s support for immigration reform.
WHEN:
12:30 pm
WHERE:
10th street on the National Mall
WHO:
Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block with other interfaith leaders, labor leaders, immigrant’s rights activists.

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
WHAT:
Faith leaders, activists march on Capitol, risk arrest.
 
WHEN:
3 pm-Marchers line up and advance toward Capitol
3:45 pm-Marchers arrive at 1st Street NW
4 pm- Marchers block 1st street and begin chanting.  Arrests by Capitol Police likely to ensue.
 
WHERE:
First Street, NW (the Mall-side of the Capitol)
WHO:
Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, other interfaith leaders, labor leaders, immigrant’s rights activists.
 
VISUAL:
Faith leaders getting arrested for standing up for immigration reform.
 
Bend the Arc is a steadfast ally in the fight for immigration reform, and has driven efforts to organize the Jewish community and spur an interfaith movement around the issue.  They have arranged meetings with the offices of more than 60 Senators and Representatives and sent local Jewish leaders to 21 in-district meetings to discuss the issue.  Bend the Arc organized phone and email campaigns to the offices of more than 90 Senators, held press conferences on the Hill, at the Statue of Liberty, and at the Republican National Committee building, including one in which a Rabbi blew a shofar to "sound the call" for just immigration reform.
 
In addition to bringing the message of immigration reform to Jewish families through immigration-themed Shabbats, Bend the Arc’s interactive website, Entrydenied.org, illustrates the dysfunction of the current immigration system by entering users own family histories into the system and telling them whether they’d be denied under current laws.
 
CONTACT: Emma Stieglitz, [email protected], (646) 200-5307

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