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March 23, 2007

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English: Jorge-Mario Cabrera 213-385-7800
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Korean: Yongho Kim 323-937-3718

US House Representatives Gutierrez and Napolitano, CA Assembly Speaker N ufiez, LA Mayor Villaraigosa and Other Elected Officials To Join Immigrant Communities Forum March 25
-Senator Clinton & House Speaker Pelosi will make statements on video–

Los Angeles, CA: Federal, state and local elected officials have announced their participation in the First Annual Immigrant Communities Forum “Justice For Our Families Now” to be held Sunday, March 25, 2007 at the LA Sports Arena from 10am to 3 pm.

As of date, the following elected officials have confirmed their participation at Sunday’s Forum: US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (via video), House Representatives Xavier Becerra, Luis Gutierrez, Grace Napolitano, and Hilda Solis, US Senator Hillary Clinton (via video), California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, CA Assemblymen Mervyn Dymally, Kevin De Leon, and Mike Eng, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, CA Board of Equalization member Judy Chu, and the General Consul Generals Ruben Beltran (Mexico), Carlos Carreon (Nicaragua) and Vivian Panting (Honduras). Other elected officials may be added to list and will be formally announced accordingly .

The Forum is scheduled exactly one year after the first massive marches took place in Los Angeles and other urban centers throughout the United States and it is intended to educate, celebrate, and mobilize immigrant communities. Four objectives underscore the coordination of this First Annual Forum: 1) a fair and humane immigration reform; 2) no increase in citizenship process fees; 3) medical insurance for all Californians; and, 4) no to raids and deportations.

Admission to this one-of-a-kind educational and entertainment rally is .39 per person. Each person is asked to bring a blank envelope with a .39 cent stamp that will be used to send a clear and direct message to congress that immigration reform is good for the economy, good for immigrants, and good for America. More than 10,000 letters are expected to be mailed after this event.

For more information go to www.march25.org or www.marzo25.org Coordinating immigrants rights organizations include: APALC, CHIRLA, CARECEN, COFEM, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, KRC, NAKASEC, and NALEO Educational Fund.