Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The Arizona Republic reported today that Immigration advocates seek new strategy after previous backlash (excerpts):
On Tuesday, the immigrant-advocacy group Promise Arizona is launching a five-day bus tour that will make stops at the offices of Arizona’s nine House members and two senators, as well as other stops in Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma, said Petra Falcon, the group’s executive director. Riding on the bus will be immigrants who will share their stories about their families being split apart by deportation, Falcon said.
The bus tour will kick off outside Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, where Ricardo Arjona, a Guatemalan rock star, will perform. Arjona’s 2005 Latin pop hit “Mojado” pays tribute to illegal immigrants.
Falcon said Promise Arizona also plans to send about 15 members to Washington, D.C., for a pro-immigration-reform demonstration at the Capitol on April 10.
The demonstration will take place on the seven-year anniversary of the single largest day of protest in U.S. history, when more than 1 million people in multiple cities marched in support of immigration reform.
To keep the pressure on, immigrant-advocacy groups have launched a coordinated national campaign urging supporters of comprehensive immigration reform to contact the offices of the Gang of Eight.
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Over the coming weeks, immigrant-advocacy organizations are planning local and national events:
A series of 10 regional bus tours through 19 states, including Arizona, with stops in more than 90 cities, including Phoenix and Tucson. The Arizona tour starts in Phoenix on Tuesday.
A call-in campaign tentatively scheduled for March 12-14 with the goal of getting 1 million people to call their representatives in Congress in support of immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. To help reach their goal, organizers will call voters and patch them through to their members of Congress.
A major pro-immigration-reform demonstration in Washington, D.C., on April 10 that organizers hope will draw 20,000 to 30,000 people.
Blog For Arizona has not received any press release regarding the events planned by Promise Arizona, and I checked the web site http://promiseaz.org/ which does not appear to have been updated recently. If anyone has more information about these events, please post about it with links in the comments.