This Saturday, October 5, is the National Day for Dignity and Respect. Immigrant rights groups and activists will gather at rallies, marches, vigils, and protests around the country to call on members of Congress to refocus their efforts on passing comprehensive immigration reform.
This week, in an attempt to reignite talks around immigration, House Democrats unveiled a bill, though no Republicans have signed on to it, and critics say it will unlikely receive a vote. Eyes have been on to the GOP-controlled House since Senate passed its bill earlier this summer. Supporters of immigration reform and activists are hoping legislators not only introduce a bill, but pass one that actually “leads to citizenship, legal immigration rules that promote family unity and protect worker rights, an end to the destruction of our families through deportations, and a halt to the rush towards massive wasteful spending on unneeded border militarization and for profit immigrant detention prisons.”
Progress towards passing such legislation has been interrupted by the budget crisis, the crisis in Syria, and now the government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act. However, participants in National Day for Dignity and Respect events are gathering in cities throughout Arizona, California, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, among other states to stress that now is the time to act on immigration.
For a full list of events, visit October Immigration.
And for those interested in organizing their own National Day of Dignity and Respect event, CultureStrike released “5 Easy Art Projects for your Oct. 5th Event,” a step-by-step tutorial on how to support immigration through art.