May 1: March and Vigil for Immigrant, Civil and Human Rights

United Methodist Women and Local Advocacy Groups Gather in St. Louis on May 1 to Call for Immigrant, Civil and Human Rights

On Saturday, May 1, 2010, thousands of United Methodist Women, in St. Louis for their Quadrennial Assembly, and key St. Louis community groups will march from America’s Center to Kiener Plaza and participate in a public faith-based vigil for immigrant, civil and human rights. Bishop Minerva Carcaño, chair of the United Methodist Task Force on Immigration, will lead the event.

March for Justice: Tobaccoville to Reynolds Tobacco Headquarters in Winston-Salem, NC

March 31, the 83rd anniversary of Cesar Chavez’s birth, couldn’t have been a better day to march in solidarity with tobacco farmworkers. In the cool morning, a group gathered in rural Tobaccoville, North Carolina. The air was thick with roasting tobacco from Reynolds’ massive processing plant. Overlooking the miles of fence surrounding the plant, we put our feet to the pavement and began our 15 mile march along the country road.
 

For the full report from our North Carolina organizer, Alexandria Jones, and a reflection on the day from participant Andrew Trump, CLICK HERE
 
To view a photostream of the March 31 march for farmworkers, CLICK HERE.
 

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President Obama Issues Proclamation Honoring Cesar Chavez

obamasigns_0.jpgOn the anniversary of Cesar Chavez’s birthday, March 31, President Barak Obama met with UFW President Arturo S. Rodriquez, UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, and members of the Chavez family in the White House Oval office. President Obama signed a proclamation honoring Cesar Chavez. Following the meeting, Arturo Rodriquez said, “We thank President Obama for honoring Cesar Chavez on this important day for millions of Americans. We thank the President for his concern for the farm workers who feed our nation every day, and for his strong support of immigration reform. No other change is more urgently needed, and would be more lasting.”

CLICK HERE for President Obama’s Proclamation
CLICK HERE to read statements of Arturo Rodriguez & Paul Chavez.
 
 

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