WHAT: Faith leaders, joined by other community leaders and immigrants, will mark the one-year anniversary of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law with a silent march and press conference to show their solidarity with their immigrant brothers and sisters. This event is the culmination of the Jericho Walk faith leaders have led for the past seven weeks to protest unjust and immoral laws and policies – both local and federal – that target immigrants and deny them their Right to Remain. Marchers will wear white, display photos of deported loved ones, light candles, and carry ribbons to mourn the 400,000 immigrants deported last year who have left behind shattered families and communities.

WHEN: Friday, July 29, 2011. Marchers will gather at 10:30 am and start marching at 11:00 am. Press conference will start at 12:30 pm.

WHERE: 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY (Broadway side)

WHAT: Faith leaders and advocates have decried the record-breaking deportations that have occurred under the Obama Administration – over 1 million to date. They will use the one-year anniversary of Arizona’s SB 1070 and the final march of the seven-week Jericho Walk to call for humane immigration policy that gives immigrants the RIGHT TO REMAIN with their families, with their communities, in their schools, and in their places of worship; to end the detentions and deportations that shatter immigrant lives and families; protects the rights of all workers; and enshrines values of justice, compassion, kindness, and generosity.

WHO: 4th Ave United Methodist Church, American Friends Service Committee-Immigrant Rights Program, Churches United to Save & Heal, CONNECT, Families for Freedom, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Hudson Valley Community Coalition, Immigrant Defense Project, Make the Road New York, New Immigrant Community Empowerment, New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, New York Immigration Coalition, New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Pax Christi Metro New York, Peekskill Area Pastors Association, Restaurant Opportunities Center-NY, Sion-St Mark’s Lutheran Church and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wind of the Spirit NJ, and more.

ENDORSED BY: African Services Committee, Committee, Angeles in Action NJ, Brooklyn Congregation United, Fellowship of Reconciliation USA, Iglesia Católica Liberación Latina, IRATE & First Friends, Judson Memorial Church, MinKwon Center for Community Action, New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church's Immigration Task Force, NYS Immigrant Action Fund, Muslim Consultative Network, The Riverside Church, The New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, The Community Church of NY Unitarian Universalist, St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, United Methodist Women Immigrant/Civil Rights Initiative, Victoria Congregational Church




Contact: Ravi Ragbir, rrchanges@gmail.com, 917.566.4816 (English)
Michelle Fei, mfei@immigrantdefenseproject.org, 484-466-6334 (English & Spanish)
Diana Mejia, dmejia@afsc.org , 201 563 1062 (English & Spanish)


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