March 12, 2007

City, Zip

Dear Honorable:

On behalf of the host committee of the First Annual Gathering of Immigrant Communities, we invite you attend and participate in the formal program of the historic gathering at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, 3939 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA, 90037 on Saturday, March 25th, 2007 from lOam to 3pm. Over 10,000 thousand attendees are expected to be present.

The purpose of the event is to relay the need for humane immigration reform as outlined below:

• The enactment of a fair and humane immigration reform bill that clears a path for citizenship for the nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country and takes into consideration the root causes of immigration
• Stop the raids and deportations that are separating thousands of working and contributing families in this country
• No fee increases on the naturalization and residency process procedures
• The enactment of a health care reform package in the State of California that takes into consideration the needs of all working and contributing Californians

This year, the Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norte America! The Federation of Mexicans Living in North America (COFEM) in partnership with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights in Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, the National Association of Latino Appointed and Elected Officials, (NALEO), the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), the Salvadoran-American Legal Education Fund (SALEF), the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APLAC) and a number of other partner organizations have come together to organize a historic gathering of magnitude proportions, all in commemoration of the marches of 2006 that gathered millions of your constituents. This year we want to convene the community in a much more coordinated setting where our message of justice, unity and equality can be strategically communicated to you; our elected representatives. With that said we are proud to be organizing our First Annual Gathering of Immigrant Communities, where various immigrant advocacy organizations from California, Arizona, Nevada and other parts of the country will have an opportunity to share the issues that are impacting their communities .

We hope that you will be able to give our request for participation and support consideration. Any support your office can provide to help make this event a great success, would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Arturo Carmona ofCOFEM at (213) 346-3216 or via email at if you have any questions regarding this event.


Arturo Carmona Executive Director COFEM
Angelica Salas Executive Director CHIRLA
Angela Sanbrano Executive Director CARECEN
Arturo Vargas Executive Director NALEO
Angelina Corona Executive Director Hermandad Mexicana Nacional