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Immigration Advocates, Faith and Labor Leaders Target Coffman With TV Ads and Huge Voter Contact Program to Push for Vote on Citizenship by Year End

Human Dignity & Just Immigration Reform

November 6, 2013

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November 6, 2013

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Immigration Advocates, Faith and Labor Leaders Target Coffman With TV Ads and Huge Voter Contact Program to Push for Vote on Citizenship by Year End
“The Cost of Inaction” Campaign will Escalate Pressure on Nine Republicans Including Coffman by Engaging Thousands of Voters to Set the Stage for Elections Next Year


Aurora – Tomorrow – Thurs., Nov. 7, 2013 – A group of immigration advocates, faith and labor groups are coming together to launch a robust voter contact effort in Rep. Coffman's district. Advocates will interact directly with thousands of voters in Congressional District 6 to increase pressure on Rep. Coffman to turn his verbal support for reform into concrete action that leads to a vote on citizenship this year. The effort, branded “The Cost of Inaction,” will put increased, sustained pressure on nine Republicans key to passing immigration reform to either show leadership in getting reform with citizenship across the finish line this fall or face the political consequences of blocking one of the best chances for real reform in decades. The press conference will begin at noon at Fletcher Plaza at MLK Library, on Colfax and Emporia.

What: Immigration advocates, faith and labor groups announce “The Cost of Inaction,” a robust voter contact program in Rep. Coffman's district to push for a vote on citizenship this year.

Why: DREAMers, faith and community leaders are pleased and encouraged by the public statements from Rep. Coffman, who has come out in support of citizenship, but it’s not enough to make real immigration reform a reality. Our movement is holding Rep. Coffman accountable and won’t back down until there is permanent solution for the 11 million aspiring Americans living in this country today. If no vote is scheduled this year, we are prepared to engage in larger and more sustained action throughout the 6th Congressional District, including paid advertising, civic engagement, and voter registration efforts.

Where: Fletcher Plaza at MLK Library, Aurora on Colfax and Emporia (Access Parking off Dayton and Colfax)

When: Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 12 - 12:30 p.m.

Who: More than 50 DREAMers, immigration advocates, faith and labor groups.

Sound: There will be chants, testimonies, and prayers to challenge Coffman.

Visuals: Marching, chants, testimonies, American flags, and posters for citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans.

Twitter hashtags: #timeisnow #copolitics

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Coloradans for Citizenship Now is a coalition of eight organizations – Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Colorado Latino Forum, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Rights for all People/Derechos Para Todos, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 105 and Together Colorado – advocating for comprehensive immigration reform with an earned and rapid path to citizenship that is not tied to border security for the 11 million aspiring citizens in the United States, 180,000 of whom live in Colorado.