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Chicago to Host National Immigration Meet

A national convention of immigration rights supporters to be held here August 11 to 13 will build on the nationwide wave of mobilizations which was launched in Chicago with a massive demonstration on March 10.

Chicago’s Movimiento 10 de Marzo is sponsoring the National Immigrant Rights Strategy Convention at the Holiday Inn Hillside, from Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13. Several hundred activists from across the country are expected.

The convention will explore establishing a national network of immigrant rights activists and debate potential solutions to immigration issues. Other topics on the agenda include challenging militarization of the border; drawing lessons from the civil rights movement of the 1960s; building unity between black, Latino, Arab, Asian and white communities; and establishing sanctuary cities.

The Movimiento 10 de Marzo (March 10 Movement) coalition joins the “hometown associations” of Mexican Americans — like the Chicago association of former residents of Michoacan, which owns the Casa Michoacan clubhouse at 1638 S. Blue Island where the coalition is based — along with organizations of other ethnic and immigrant groups, advocacy organizations including the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Operation PUSH, and labor unions.

The coalition recently established a website (movimiento10demarzo.org) and a toll-free hotline (877-7-MARCHA).

(Full disclosure: Community Media Workshop has assisted the Movimiento coalition with drafting news releases and coaching on communications strategies.)

Most convention sessions will be closed to cameras and may also be closed to print journalists, but regular media availabilities are planned throughout the weekend.

— Gordon Mayer

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