The Time Is Now: Arkansas Rally for Citizenship at State Capitol Building on May 25

On Saturday, May 25th at 11:00 AM, a broad coalition of Arkansans will rally on the State Capitol to call on Senators Pryor and Boozman to support the Senate immigration bill. Rally organizers will also announce the results of their 2012 voter registration and turn out campaign, which saw a historic increase in immigrant participation in Arkansas elections.

Rally speakers, including Arkansas immigrant activists, business leaders, faith leaders, African American leaders, teachers and unions, will address the crowd of hundreds gathered to call on Senators Pryor and Boozman to vote in favor of the Senate immigration bill.

In 2012, voters, including Arkansans, sent a strong message to get immigration reform done. Rally organizers will be announcing the validated results of their 2012 voter turnout campaign, which resulted in a turnout of 28,261 Asian and Hispanic voters in Arkansas (a 77 percent increase from 2010) of which 13,361 were first-time voters.

With 88, 877 Hispanic and Asian registered voters in Arkansas and an estimated 40,000 Legal Permanent Residents who have the potential of becoming naturalized citizens before the next elections, Arkansas immigrants are well poised to have significant local impact in 2014. Rally organizers will gather Saturday to show their commitment to work to keep Arkansan voters engaged in the issue of immigration reform and make sure that their Senators represent their priorities.

Rally host organizations include: Arkansas United Community Coalition, Arkansas Coalition for DREAM, Arkansas Interfaith Alliance, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, Citizens’ First Congress, Catholic Charities, Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center, OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology, OneCommunity, El Zocalo, League of United Latin American Citizens, ARKTESOL, Workers’ United, BCGTM, amongst others.

For more information about this event, contact Mireya Reith: 479-871-2168; director@arkansascoalition.org