Media Advisory: Community Rallies for Human Rights, Against HB 87

Media Advisory:  Thursday, July 7, 2011

Community Rallies for Human Rights, Against HB 87

Demonstration to Demand Real Solutions to Problems, Not Attacks on Immigrants

ATLANTA – Civil rights, community, labor and immigrant advocacy organizations announced a demonstration for human dignity and immigrant rights this Saturday (July 9) from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on the Washington Street stairs of the Georgia State Capitol.

The rally will demonstrate the community’s outrage at the inhumane, anti-immigrant law, HB 87.  The peaceful demonstration will demand that lawmakers focus on finding real solutions to the problems that face Georgia and bringing the people of the state together, rather than pitting us against each other and attacking immigrant working families.

WHO: Georgians and supporters from around the nation will attend the rally, including members of the community and activists with Atlanta Jobs with Justice; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; the ACLU of Georgia; the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance; Teamsters Local 728, and the Atlanta/North Georgia Labor Council.

WHAT: Rally with strong visuals and powerful speakers, including:

·      Lee A. Saunders, International Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

·      Rev. Al Sharpton, Civil Rights Activist and President of the National Action Network

·      Ben Speight, Atlanta Jobs with Justice and Teamsters Local 728 organizer

·      Teodoro Maus, President of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR)

·      Dulce Guerrero and Nataly Ibarra, members of the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA) who were arrested last week for a non-violent protest against HB 87.

·      Azadeh Shahshahani, Director of the National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project at the ACLU of Georgia

·      Georgia Senator Vincent Fort

WHEN: Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Georgia State Capitol, Washington Street stairs.

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