A Letter on Inauguration Day from Aspiring Citizens

Immigrant families and path to citizenship advocates follow President Obama’s address

Los Angeles – The 44th President of the United States of America takes the Oath of Office a second time Monday during public events scheduled in Washington, DC.  President Obama’s inaugural address will be closely followed in a viewing party by immigrant families, Latino voters, and advocates of immigration reform who expect the President and Congress to deliver in 2013.Monday marks Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and immigrants will honor his legacy by reading bilingual excerpts from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” a call to unity and brotherhood in America penned by Dr. King in 1963.

An empty chair symbolizing the more than 1,500,000 immigrants who have been deported during the past four years under the Obama Administration will be placed at the center of the room to remind Congress that it is time to engage in a serious, humane, and productive dialogue to forge a path to citizenship and prevent more families from being torn apart.

 

WHAT: Viewing party of President Obama Inaugural Address, reactions from students, immigrants, Latino voters, in real-time, bilingual reading of excerpts from Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. 
WHEN: Monday, January 21, 2013, starting at 8:00 a.m. (Room will be open for media set up at 7:00 a.m.) 
WHERE: CHIRLA, 2533 West Third St., Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA  90057 (parking in rear through alley) 
WHO: Immigrant families, immigrant and Latino voters, immigrant youth, organizational and individual allies, and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. 
VISUALS: Group watching inaugural address attentively, festive and energetic crowd, large screen, empty chair with hat and scarf representing 1,500,000 immigrants deported during the past four years, bilingual readings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birmingham letter.

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