Thousands March to State Capitol to Rally for Immigration Reform

May Day March and Rally to send message to legislators that the Time is Now for reform

St. Paul, MN – Today at 4:40 p.m. more than 2,000 people are expected to rally on the lawn of the Minnesota State Capitol to say the time is now for immigration reform. The May Day March and Rally is held on International Worker’s Day, organized by a diverse coalition of organizations representing the broad unity and momentum behind immigration reform here in Minnesota.

Right now the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee – which Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken sit on – is in the midst of debating an immigration bill that was introduced earlier this month. Several state-level bills addressing barriers to Minnesota’s hardworking immigrant and blended-status families are also moving through the state legislature.All_In_For_Citzenship_20130429_rs

A group of participants will spend the morning lobbying elected leaders at the State Capitol before joining in a series of actions, including a 3:00 p.m. march from the Central Presbyterian Church to the Minnesota State Capitol, culminating in a rally beginning at 4:40. Leaders from the broad coalition are expected to speak, in addition to immigrants from across Minnesota and an array of state and national elected leaders.

The majority of Americans agree that immigration is good for our country, but say the current system is broken. There is unity across a wide spectrum of Minnesotans that we need commonsense immigration reform at the national level, with a reasonable pathway to citizenship. We also need to address a number of barriers at the state level that prevent immigrants from contributing to society fully.


WHAT: May Day March & Rally – The Time is Now for Immigration Reform
WHEN:   Wednesday, May 1

4:40 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

WHERE: Minnesota State Capitol | South Lawn

75 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. | St. Paul, MN

WHO: An array of speakers and leaders from the coordinating and participating organizations:

MN-Mesa Latina SEIU
Centro Campesino Minnesota AFL-CIO
Chicano Latino Affairs Council UNITE HERE Local 17
Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM) Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc)
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota Pa’Delante Youth Action
Jewish Community Action Organizing Apprenticeship Project
NAVIGATE MN Latino Communicators Network
Tamales y Bicicletas Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
Education Minnesota United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1189
Minnesota Catholic Conference The Advocates for Human Rights

Confirmed legislators to speak: Senator Sandy Pappas, Representative Carlos Mariani




SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, child care, and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings.  The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns.  By building the political involvement of approximately 30,000 SEIU members throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans.  The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.

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