Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 26, 2010

Texts for Justice: High Tech Advocacy and Fundraising for Immigrant Justice
Texting “ISupport Reform” to 20222, sends message to Speaker Pelosi and $10 to the Immigrant Justice Movement

More Information Contact: Steven Ochoa at 323-222-2217 or sochoa@wcvi.org

(Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 26) Responding to the call of the National Latino Congreso (www.latinocongreso.org) held in El Paso, Texas, January 29-31, a multi-level partnership launched “Texts for Justice/Textos Para Justicia” today, an effort to include tens of thousands of immigrant justice supporters in the national advocacy and fundraising campaign to achieve legalization for America’s 10-12 million undocumented persons in 2010.

“Through ‘Texts for Justice’ high tech grassroots fundraising and advocacy is blended together through the simple act of texting,” said Antonio Gonzalez, President of the William C. Velasquez Institute. For every text of “ISupport Reform” to 20222 by a grassroots supporter of justice for immigrants a message will be sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the US House of Representatives and a $10 donation will be made to the national Immigrant Justice Campaign sponsored by the National Latino Congreso (NLC).

“PSA’s and earned media and grassroots events are being put together to further promote Texts for Justice, along with e-blasts,” said Oscar Chacon, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC). Supporters can read about the campaign and sign up to help as well as make additional donations at www.textosparajusticia.org

Organizers hope to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote legalization for 10-12 million undocumented persons in the U.S. In particular, NLC Conveners are pushing the House of Representatives to pass pro-immigrant legislation now and not wait for the US Senate to act. For example, HR 431 (the CIR ASAP Act) would legalize all qualified undocumented and Dream Act, would legalize 65,000 college eligible undocumented high school graduates,” said Pablo Alvarado, President of the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON).

Proceeds of this effort will go to the NLC Immigrant Justice Commission tax-deductible members (MALDEF, LULAC, WCVI, NALACC, NDLON, Hispanic Federation).

“Texts for Justice” is the high tech companion effort to the low tech Tacos for Justice program launched earlier this week. More than one million discount coupons to participating restaurants and lunch trucks are being issued by the Latino Voters League (LVL), an advocacy group designated by the National Latino Congress to manage the proceeds. “Grassroots funds gathered through Tacos for Justice will fund organizers and media in key states and congressional districts throughout America to persuade federal legislators to support good immigration reform bills. For more information see www.tacosparajusticia.org

Disclaimer: A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Messaging and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the William C. Velasquez Institute by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t . You can unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to 20222; Reply HELP to 20222 for help.Visit www.textosparajusticia.org for complete program and privacy policy descriptions.

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