Immigrants in Boston and Across U.S. Will Rally for Family Unity on Election Night

Massive show of force for Keeping Families Together will be outlined tomorrow in 1 p.m. teleconference

Vigil-Election-night-Boston_revisedNovember 5, 2012 BOSTON — After the voting is done in the day, immigrants will raise their voices at night on November 6 at Keep Families Together, a National Election Night Rally. In Boston and cities across the nation, participants will celebrate the power of the New American voters, condemn the destruction of families through an historically high number of deportations, and demand that the next president initiate a sensible and humane overhaul of the nation's dysfunctional immigration system.

In the Bay State, Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo is sponsoring a rally endorsed by U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez and organized by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). The rally will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. in front of the Convention Center, at 415 Summer Street, where Mitt Romney and his campaign will be holding their election night gathering,

"No matter who wins the White House on November 6, we plan to stand up that night and remind both presidential candidates, their parties, and the nation that many immigrant families have been losing for too long," said Eva Millona, Executive Director of MIRA. "Hundreds of thousands of families have been torn apart, and local communities and  economies placed under tremendous strain. The next President must do better by hearing our voice from the moment he's chosen."

At the same time as the Boston rally, Congressman Gutierrez and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) will lead a rally in Chicago in front of the Obama headquarters, and others will gather in  in Washington, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Denver.

The rallies will celebrate the work that the most powerful immigration groups in the nation have been doing to register and turn out an unprecedented number of immigrant and Latino voters for the 2012 elections. The details of these achievements of the 72-hours of election day activities will be announced  on Thursday, Nov. 1, during a teleconference.

Details of the teleconference:

Date: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Call-in information: (866) 219-5260, Call name is ‘Election Day Rallies’

Speakers:

  • Josh Hoyt, Chief Strategy Executive, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Rudy Lopez, Executive Director, Campaign for Community Change
  • Eva Millona, Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
  • Julien Ross, Executive Director, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
  • Angelica Salas, Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
  • Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA de Maryland