Coloradans March to Demand Citizenship for All and Justice for Immigrants and Refugees

September 21, 2021
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The historic march and rally in Denver will call on Congress to finally act on immigration after decades of inaction.

Who: Community members from across the state (Lamar, Grand Junction, Fort Morgan, Boulder, Aurora, Denver), Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), American Friends Service Committee of Colorado (AFSC), American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU), Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA), United Farm Workers Foundation (UFWF)

What: Ya Es Hora: March for Citizenship: Large march through downtown Denver to call on Congress to create a pathway to citizenship for millions; a large rally will follow the march at Auraria Campus with speeches from directly impacted individuals and state legislators in Colorado, performances from local artists, tables from local organizations, a pop-up clinic with COVID-19 vaccinations, and food vendors.

When: Saturday, September 25, 2021. Marchers will gather at Viking Park at 11 a.m. with speeches from impacted individuals. March will begin at 12 p.m. and will proceed for an hour. March will end at 1pm at Auraria Campus. A rally will take place at Auraria Campus from 1 – 3 p.m.

Where: Initial gathering and rally at Viking Park: 2801 W 29th Ave, Denver. March will proceed from Viking Park down Speer Avenue to the Auraria Campus. Main rally will take place at Auraria Campus: Tivoli Quad.

Denver, CO – On September 25th, community leaders and advocates across Colorado will lead a historic march through Denver to demand that Congress and the Biden Administration acts to create a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants and to demand all elected leaders work for justice for all the nation’s immigrants and refugees. While Democratic lawmakers are fighting to include a pathway to citizenship in the Senate budget reconciliation bill, thousands of refugees and asylees from Haiti, Afghanistan, Central America, and the rest of the world continue to seek safety in the United States. The Biden Administration continues their legally dubious and heartless policies at the border under Title 42 and has ramped up dangerous detention and deportation for those seeking safety. The march comes at a critical time to demand action.

“We call on our Colorado senators and representatives to show leadership and persistence, standing with undocumented Coloradans and our community to ensure Congress passes a pathway to citizenship this year. Colorado voters and state legislators have transformed our state into one of the most inclusive in the country – we call on you to keep fighting for that vision in DC.” Jordan Garcia of the American Friends Service Committee continues, “Hundreds of our members and their loved ones will march this coming Saturday in Denver to make sure you do.”

“On Saturday, we will march for citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, DACA recipients, TPS holders, farmworkers, LGBTQ people locked away in detention facilities, refugees fleeing war and disaster in Afghanistan and Haiti, black and brown people who are disproportionately arrested and incarcerated, families who have no access to healthcare and workers who are subjected to inhumane working conditions – citizenship should be for all. We will march for everyone because immigration justice is justice for all,” said Lisa Duran, Executive Director of Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC).

The march will begin at Viking Park (2801 W 29th Ave, Denver) and proceed down Speer Avenue to the Auraria Campus at Tivoli Quad. At the Auraria Campus, a large rally will take place with directly impacted speakers from across Colorado and state legislators including Representative Naquetta Ricks, as well as artistic performances from Colorado’s diverse immigrant communities. Organizations will also be present tabling along with a pop-up clinic offering COVID-19 vaccinations.