OFA volunteers made headlines across the country as supporters continue the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. Check out a few of the news stories about OFA's Labor Day weekend events:
* Message for immigration reform hits Siouxland streets, Siouxland News — Sioux City, Iowa
Hundreds of Siouxlanders marched through the downtown streets of Sioux City to send a loud message to congress—they want immigration reform. Folks from the group, Organizing for Action, helped organize the event. "Que Queremos? Una Reforma! Caundo lo Queremos? Ahora!"
* Group thanks Congressman Cleaver for supporting immigration reform, KSHB — Kansas City, Missouri
"What we'd like to do is see our Kansas Citians and local residents take action and stand up for their neighbors, our neighbors here and get in contact with congress and say we need a vote," OFA member Amber Versola said.
* Durbin headlines at local immigration reform rally, Daily Illini — Champaign, Illinois
A young man stood inside the gazebo of Champaign’s West Side Park playing Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” while community members held up signs proclaiming their support for immigration reform. Some used cards provided by Organizing for Action, a non-profit organization that held the event, to explain why they “#StandWith” immigration reform, while others made their own; one sign asked Representative Rodney Davis, R-13, where he stood on the issue.
* Demonstrators call on Ryan to vote for Immigration Reform, WTMJ — Kenosha, Wisconsin
Those present at an immigration reform Saturday afternoon in Kenosha were calling on Congressman Paul Ryan to follow through on his support and vote for comprehensive immigration reform. Organizing for Action volunteers say reform is needed to create jobs, grow our economy, strengthen our middle class, and reaffirm the American dream for this generation and generations to come.
* Prominent Nevada Catholics supporting pathway to citizenship, Reno Gazette-Journal — Reno, Nevada
As the U.S. Senate-passed immigration bill is set to be presented to the U.S. House later this year, prominent members of the Roman Catholic Church in Northern Nevada are backing a pathway to citizenship and urging representatives to answer the call. Earlier this month, Friar Francisco Nahoe, director of Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in downtown Reno, recorded a radio commercial saying “(families) are threatened with separation because our immigration laws are not adequate to America’s needs.” The commercial, which airs on a few area FM radio stations, ends with Nahoe asking listeners to call U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, and “urge him support a path to citizenship.”
* Organizing for Action holds immigration reform event, Greeley Tribune — Greeley, Colorado
A group of residents gathered outside Greeley City Hall on Saturday in support of the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate. The gathering, put together by Organizing for Action Colorado was designed to put pressure on the House of Representatives and Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., to support the Senate bill.
* Citizens lobby Franks on immigration reform, Your West Valley — Glendale, Arizona
Organizing For Action volunteers had a grassroots event Saturday outside Congressman Trent Franks’ office in Glendale, urging him to work on immigration reform. Todd Landfried, the executive director of Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform, said they’ve been trying to get comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level for seven years.
* Immigration rally held, Santa Clarita Valley Signal — Santa Clarita, California
About 20 people rallied in Valencia Saturday afternoon to bring awareness to the issue of immigration reform and to try and get local Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, to change his stance on the issue. “I think we’re cutting off our nose to spite our face,” said Peter Rothenberg, the chapter lead volunteer. “Immigrants want to contribute to our country, so let’s give them a chance to contribute.”
* Rally presses Boehner on immigration, West Chester Buzz — West Chester, Ohio
“This is a human rights issue,” said Mary Jean Pierson, president of the Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati. “It’s an issue of conscience,” she said. “We feel that each person has worth and dignity and the current system is denying people of their worth and dignity.” The rally is one of several this summer staged in West Chester by area groups, including the Catholic Social Action Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Organizing for Action, an advocacy group devoted to pushing President Barack Obama’s agenda.
The action doesn't end in August. Find an event near you and join the push for immigration reform.