Immigration forum in Harrisonburg

Virginia Organizing is hosting an immigration forum on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Community Mennonite Church, 70 S. High St., Harrisonburg. The forum will focus on preserving immigrants’ rights with a heavy amount of attention on immigrants’ issues in the 2011 Virginia General Assembly.

The forum will feature Walter Tejada, currently on the Arlington County Board of Supervisors and the first chair of the Virginia Latino Advisory Council. Tejada has been a community leader in Arlington for 17 years and has served on many boards and commissions dealing with immigrants’ rights, diversity and civic engagement.

The immigration forum is part of the “Week of Action for Progress, Fairness, and Security” put on by Virginia United for Immigrants Rights, a coalition of community organizations, advocacy groups, and labor unions.

The immigration forum is part of the “Week of Action for Progress, Fairness, and Security” put on by Virginia United for Immigrants Rights, a coalition of community organizations, advocacy groups, and labor unions. The week of action includes ten forums, rallies and events across the state culminating in Newport News on Feb. 9.

The coalition has been tracking the 2011 legislation since the summer of last year. The coalition opposes several law enforcement bills that would discriminate against immigrants and a bill that would keep undocumented students from attending universities in Virginia. The coalition is also supporting legislation that would help legal immigrant women have access to pre-natal care.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.


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