Labor leaders in Chicago held a press conference Thursday morning announcing plans to hold a massive march and rally to call for "an immediate end to deportations and immigration reform legislation which will protect workers’ rights and provide for legalization for all workers."
Leaders with Chicago Federation of Labor, Illinois AFL-CIO, SEIU* Local 1, Local 881 UFCW, National Nurses United, Chicago Workers Collaborative and others plan to hold a 'March for Dignity, Respect and Justice for Immigrants' on Saturday, October 12 to demand that lawmakers pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that creates a path to citizenship.
“This march through the streets of Chicago will demonstrate our ongoing commitment to passing real immigration reform that protects all working people,” said Jorge Ramirez, Chicago Federation of Labor. “Thousands of marchers will send the message directly to Congress that we will not waver in our support for dignity, respect and justice for the immigrant workers in our communities.”
The coalition is urging Chicagoans and those throughout the area to take part in the action, which will kick off at Teamster City at 1645 W. Jackson at 12 p.m. on October 12. The march is scheduled to begin 2 p.m. and will travel through Jackson St. to Federal Plaza at Jackson and Dearborn Sts., where the rally will take place at 3 p.m.
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