Keeping Washington Families Together Bus Tour
In 2013, the time has never been so ripe for real comprehensive immigration reform to happen in America that keeps families together. But we can’t sit back and expect our elected leaders to get it right. That’s not how we do.
We need to keep sharing our stories and keep the heat on in order to keep our families together. And one way to do that is to hit the road.
In March, OneAmerica – in partnership with the Alliance 4 Citizenship (A4C) and immigrant communities all over the country – took our Keeping Families Together Campaign on tour across Washington, through your neighborhood, and to the offices of our Members of Congress.
The Keeping Washington Families Together Bus Tour for Immigration Reform included families who could be torn apart under our broken immigration system and young people who could face a brighter future with sensible reform.
We had a dialogue with our state’s Congressional delegation and asked for their commitment to support immigration reform that would keep families together and positively affect the lives of students and families in Washington State.
WHAT: Keeping Washington Families Together Bus Tour
WHEN: Tuesday, March 5 thru Saturday, March 9, 2013
WHO: Immigrant youth and families from across Washington state
TOUR DETAILS (some event locations TBD and times are subject to change):
March 5 - Vancouver
Location: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall - 426 East Fourth Plain Blvd
Description: Rally and sendoff, plus report back from meeting with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s office
March 6 - Wenatchee
Estimated Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Wenatchee Community Center - 504 S. Chelan Avenue
Description: Rally, welcome bus, testimonials, and call to action. Prepare for meeting the next day with Rep. David Reichert’s office
March 8 – Tri-Cities
Estimated Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Salon Santa Cruz, 117 South 5 Avenue in Pasco
Description: Rally, welcome the bus, testimonials, and call to action
March 9 - Walla Walla
Estimated Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Jefferson Park, btw. S 9th Ave. & Chase St. in Walla Walla
Description: Last stop of the WA bus tour - joined by Oregon bus tour
OneAmerica’s bus tour is part of the national Keeping Families Together campaign bus tour which is traveling across America, including the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin. The northeastern leg of the tour will culminate in Washington, D.C. on March 12 with an event on Capitol Hill.
Bus tour highlights:
- Traveling in 19 states, logging more than 20,000 miles
- Visiting over 90 cities
- Over 500 families participating
- Visiting over 100 congressional districts and 38 U.S. Senate offices
- Touching the lives of more 20,000 people during the bus tour stops
- Reaching half a million people through our digital bus tour experience
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