Walk for Citizenship – The Home Stretch!‏

Dear Immigrant Fairness Network,

Today marks the last day of the the Walk for Citizenshipalso known as the Peregrina para la Ciudadania.  Dozens of Oregonians are walking 42 miles from Madras to Bend calling on Rep Greg Walden to take leadership in the House of Representatives and call for a vote on immigration reform.

Cara and Rosa 2
Cara & Rosa on the Walk
Central OR crew
Central Oregon Walkers

The walkers arrive at Congressman Greg Walden’s Bend office at 3pm today. Can you help us send a message that Oregon is ready for real immigration reform?  To amplify their voice, let’s flood Rep Walden’s office with pro-reform messages:

Walden’s Central Oregon office: 541-389-4408, Walden’s DC Office: 202-225-6730

What we want is simple: Walden’s support for a vote on the immigration reform bill that has been stagnated in the House since the Senate passed their version early in the summer.  Tell Walden you support a path to citizenship for undocumented Oregonians and you want to see a House vote ASAP!

After you call, check out the Tumblr page for the Peregrina that has some beautiful photos being uploaded constantly, and read the announcement below that our partners at Causa sent out last night.

Want to send a message to the walkers?  Send your cheers and words of support via ROP’s Facebook page – we’d love to hear from you as the walkers overcome blisters, dusty roads, and thunderstorms to bring our message straight to Representative Walden’s downtown Bend office!

Amanda & the ROP crew


September 16, 2013
Erik Sorensen, Communications Director, 503-488-0263

Day 2 of the Walk for Citizenship in Central Oregon Arrives in Redmond

Redmond, Ore. — Today, over 20 Walkers for Citizenship made their way down Highway 97 from Culver to Redmond. They arrived in Redmond a little after 4:00pm completing the 2nd leg of the 3 day Walk for Citizenship.

After the all day journey, walkers joined over 30 supporters at a community gathering and potluck at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond to share their personal stories and to mobilize to urge Congressman Greg Walden to support immigration reform including a path to citizenship.
On Sunday, over 250 people including walkers and supporters — faith leaders, advocates, union leaders and community members — gathered at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madras for a Send-off Rally. After the Rally, Walkers for Citizenship headed down Highway 97 toward Culver where they set up camp for the night.On Tuesday, walkers will travel the last leg of the journey down Highway 97 to Bend where a rally for Immigration Reform will take place outside the office of Congressman Greg Walden. Speakers will include several elected officials, and members of the faith, labor, immigrant, and Latino community and allies.

Media Coverage
On Sunday evening, KVTZ-Bend NBC reported on the Walk for Citizenship and the Send-off in Madras. Click here to see the full report: http://www.ktvz.com/news/c-oregonians-stage-3day-march-for-immigration-reform/-/413192/21951856/-/7asbfb/-/index.html

Over three days from September 15th to 17th, immigration reform supporters will walk from Madras to Bend, from the heart of Central Oregon’s agricultural community to the Central Oregon office of our Congressman Greg Walden. They will walk from town to town, holding vigils, mass, community conversations and rallies.

Representative Walden is a key voice in the national conversation on immigration reform. In August, Causa and allies asked him to hold public conversations in his district on this topic, but received little response. The Walk for Citizenship will bring the voices of constituents directly to his office to share our stories. We need him to commit to supporting a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants and his vote in the U.S. Congress.
Partners and Sponsors include St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, St. Thomas Catholic Church, AFL-CIO, Causa Oregon, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Central Oregon Jobs With Justice, Immigrant Law Group, MEChA, Oregon Action, PCUN, Rural Organizing Project, SEIU, United Farm Workers, Western States Center and Oregon AFSCME.



Causa, Oregon’s Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization is the largest Latina and Latino civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit www.causaoregon.org