Wednesday, April 3, 2013

BERKELEY CELEBRATES CÉSAR CHÁVEZ: A Community Forum on Immigration

A Community Forum on Immigration

Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 7 pm
Berkeley Adult School Auditorium, 1701 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

Program includes

Maria Echaveste
Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff on federal immigration policy reform

The Save Rodrigo, Kids for Kids Campaign
4th graders speaking out from Jefferson Elementary, Berkeley
(see story below)

• Food
• Live entertainment
• Children's activities/lessons on immigration issues
• Resource fair

This year's Berkeley Chavez Commemoration is focused on immigration. With President Obama recently introducing a proposal for comprehensive immigration reform, and with thousands of people and families being deported each year, including in the East Bay, it is a critical time for a community conversation on this important issue.

Recently a case close to home has highlighted the need for immigration reform. A fourth grader at Berkeley's Jefferson Elementary School, Rodrigo
Guzmán, and his family were unable to return to the United States in January due to an expired visa. They have been told by ICE that they cannot get a new visa for five years. While the family is barred from coming back to the US, Rodrigo's classmates have organized a campaign to lobby officials to allow Rodrigo and his family to come back to Berkeley.

The April 11th event will feature Berkeley elementary students activists working on the Save Rodrigo campaign and help raise funds for them to go to Washington to lobby officials on Rodrigo's case and on immigration issues. See Mable Yee for more information.

For more information please contact:
Alejandro Soto-Vigil at                      (510) 610-0466
Jesse Arreguin at                 (510) 981-7140    
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler            (510) 847-0784
Mabel Yee                             (510) 918-3700

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