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TODAY: National Bus Tour for Immigration Reform Arrives in Wisconsin

"Fast For Families" to bring message of family separations directly to Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner & Paul Ryan


WHAT: Press conference and rallies in key Wisconsin congressional districts calling for immigration reform, as the next stops on "Fast for Families" national tour of organized actions, fasting, and prayer

WHEN: Waukesha Stop - Monday March 17, 2014 11:30am; Congressman Sensenbrenner's District Office

Franklin (Janesville-area) Stop - Tuesday March 18, 2014 2:00 pm Paul Ryan Listening Session

WHERE: Waukesha Area Outside of Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner's District Office - 120 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 (MONDAY)

Franklin (Janesville-area) Stop Press Conference outside of Rep. Paul Ryan Listening Session - Police Department Courtroom 9455 W. Loomis Rd Franklin, WI 53545 (TUESDAY)

WHO:Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera, Rudy Lopez organizer with "Fast for Families", Jose Flores, lead Waukesha volunteer organizer with Voces de la Frontera, Lesley Flores, future voter and leader of Voces de la Frontera, Pastor,Casa de Restauracion, Bruce Pasdrig and Carlos Martinez,United Steel Workers

On March 17th and 18th, "Fast for Families Across America" will visit the districts of U.S. Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner and Paul Ryan to engage constituents in the fight for immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. Local voters and faith, labor, and immigrant rights leaders will join "Fast for Families" advocates Rudy Lopez and Dae Joong (DJ) Yoon to urge Congressmen Sensenbrenner and Ryan to heed their constituents' call and move immigration reform to a vote this year.

Elected leaders will join community leaders and constituents at press conferences to report on, visit, and announce major efforts in Wisconsin to act, fast, and pray for immigration reform.

Background: National faith, labor, civic, and immigrant rights leaders are on a 75+ stop bus tour, visiting with advocates and solidarity fasters across the country who are following in the traditions of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi by abstaining from all food in order to bring attention to this ongoing, moral crisis. Waukesha and Janesville are the only two stops that the national tour will make in the state of Wisconsin.

Visuals: Fasters, supporters, and faith leaders getting out of the Fast for Families tour bus in front of Sensenbrenner's district office and Ryan's Janesville-area Listening Session.

NOTE: Additional Waukesha Stop on Monday, March 17
5:30 PM - Community Forum at Iglesia Casa Restauracion (21300 W. Greenfield Ave. New Berlin, WI 53146)

Additional Janesville Stop on Tuesday, March 18

5:30 PM - Community Forum at Mt. Zion United Methodist (2130 Mt Zion Ave. Janesville, WI 53545

Voces de la Frontera is Wisconsin's leading immigrant rights group - a grassroots organization that believes power comes from below and that people can overcome injustice to build a better world.