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For Immediate Release: March 22nd, 2013
Contact: Juan Gallegos, juan(at)coloradoimmigrant.org, 303-922-3344, 720-446-9908

Coloradans for Citizenship Now Launch Bus Tour and Movement-Building Training Across State

Families Separated by Broken Immigration System Shared Stories and Launched State Effort to Pass Immigration Reform

(DENVER)— On Friday, March 22, more than 150 leaders from across Colorado gathered to launch a bus tour and training as part of a new campaign to secure passage of a broad immigration reform that will put 11 million aspiring Americans on a path to citizenship. The buses picked up immigrant family members and supporters around the state early in the day, then met for a rally in Denver before departing for a weekend training in Pueblo where leaders learned how to advocate most effectively for immigration reform in their communities.

The tour was the last of the nearly 3-week, 19-state, 90-city national Keeping Families Together bus tour, which landed in Washington, DC last week for an action at the Republican National Committee, a people’s hearing and meetings with Congressional members and meetings at the Senate offices of the Gang of 8, including Colorado Senator Michael Bennet.

The Coloradans for Citizenship Now Steering Committee is led by the following organizations: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Colorado Latino Forum, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, Rights for All People, Service Employees International Union, Local 105, Together Colorado

The Keeping Families Together Story Tour was launched by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a coalition of the largest grassroots immigrant rights organizations.  The stories of immigrant families are highlighted daily on the Keeping Families Together storytelling website and the FIRM Facebook page.

The tour traveled through seven regions: Southwest (California, Arizona, Nevada), Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana), Mountain West (Colorado), Great Lakes (Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio), New England (New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island), Mid Atlantic (New York) and the Southeast (Florida, North Carolina).

Families who could not travel with the bus were able to participate in a virtual bus tour by sharing their stories at www.keepingfamiliestogether.net orwww.familiasunidasahora.net.