SEIU At the Helm of Immigrant Protests
Obama's favorite private purple army of organizers, SEIU, were very busy planning and preparing with their buildup to the April 10th grand finale "Rally For Citizenship" in Washington, DC. These things don't just happen spontaneously, you know. Take a quick look at just a few of the events and the timeline that they set up in advance:
On this page, you can review their "Immigrant Justice Campaign" update on efforts around the nation, with radio ads, town halls and more:
Smaller events leading up to the big Washington event were highlighted at these links, from Nashua to New Jersey to Boston to Pennsylvania and more:
March Build Up:
Over the course of the March Congressional recess and leading up to the massive rally in Washington, DC on April 10th, SEIU local unions and allies are hosting more than 50 events across the country pounding the drumbeat for commonsense immigration reform.
New Jersey Highlights:
The rally, which drew a crowd of about 7,000 people, was organized by Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union and La Fuente, a New York-based coalition of community groups.
More Action in Boston:
Some 800 immigrants and their supporters rallied at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall on April 6 to demand comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship.
The lively and boisterous rally was organized primarily by SEIU and allied community organizations including Jobs with Justice , MassUniting and MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition).
Nashua and Beyond:
The organizing committee included SEIU Locals 615 and 1984, the NH AFL-CIO, NH Civil Liberties Union, Lutheran Social Services, the Granite State Organizing Project, the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees, the United Church of Christ Immigration Working Group, and the American Friends Service Committee.
Another rally will take place at State House Plaza in Concord at noon on Wednesday, May 1.
Pennsylvania Rallying Cry:
32BJ SEIU, JUNTOS, PA United for Immigration Reform and a broad group of local community and religious organizations are urging Rep. Allison Schwartz, Senator Pat Toomey and the Obama Administration to move forward with commonsense immigration reform that includes a realistic path to citizenship, keeps families together, raises standards for all working people and strengthens the economy. The rally will commence a week of action in which dozens of events will be held across the country culminating in a march with tens of thousands on Washington on April 10.
The whole thing reached its' climax Wednesday, where they posted the live action here:
Credit where credit is due. It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of purple shirts to give the impression of a national outcry.