For Immediate Release:  January 10, 2017
Less than a Week Before Trump Inauguration,
Los Angeles Rallies to Protect Immigrants 
Following in the spirit of Dr. King's legacy, more than 50 #HereToStay concurrent actions take place nationwide Jan 14.
Los Angeles - Less than one week before Donald Trump's inauguration, Los Angeles community members are expected to rally against criminalization, mass deportations, and hatred of immigrants on Saturday, January 14, 2017.  As the nation prepares to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, immigration reform advocates, allies, artists, union and non-union workers, immigrant families and youth, and recent first-time voters, will declare they stand together to defend their dreams and oppose anti-immigrant policies by the incoming Administration.
 
President-elect Trump has already announced that some of their first acts of hatred will be to lash out against immigrants and Muslims, deporting millions of immigrants, ripping millions of families apart. 
Refusing to allow millions of immigrants, refugees and their families and friends to be driven into fear and silence, Los Angeles joins more than 50 cities to declare their intention to stand in the way of such acts of hatred.  They will share their vision for a more inclusive California that honors diversity and defends constitutional, civil, labor, immigration, healthcare and environmental rights.  
The Los Angeles rally will feature a special performance by Korean Drummers, Pilipino tunes by the Pilipino Workers Center, and vallenato and cumbia musicians Very Be Careful in addition to poetry and performance artists.   The rally will be followed by a strategic gathering of young immigrants, including young voters, to meet, plan, and discuss their futures as ambassadors to their immigrant families.
Join the conversation on social media by following #HereToStay.  A Facebook Event Page offers more details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/377700379250230/

WHAT :           Rally and musical/poetry performances to protect the dream of justice and equality for all and stand up against mass deportations and hatred of immigrants and immigrant families.

WHEN :         Saturday, January 14, 2016
11 am - 1 pm:  Rally and musical / poetry performances
2 pm - 6 pm:  Youth strategy gathering (open to press first 30 minutes)
WHERE :      LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
                        501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
WHO :            Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change
                        Ada Briceño, UNITE HERE
Laphonza Butler, SEIU California and Local 2015
David Huerta, SEIU USWW
Rusty Hicks, LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Arlene Inouye, UTLA
Yamillex Rustrian, Children Over Politics
Angelica Salas, CHIRLA
Tom Steyer, NextGen Climate
Betty Yee, California State Controller
Performances by:  Very Be Careful, Korean Drummer, and Pilipino Singers  
The rally is hosted by:  African Coalition, Black Immigrant Network (BIN), Bend the Arc, California Dream Network (CDN), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Center for Community Change (CCC), Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), FWD.us, Korean Resource Center (KRC), Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, NextGen California, SEIU California, SEIU 721, SEIU 2015, SEIU UHW, SEIU USWW, UCLA Dream Center, UNITE HERE, and UTLA.
For a complete list of events nationwide visit  www.WeAreHereToStay.org/January14 .
 
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Media Contact
Name:   Jorge-Mario Cabrera
Title:  Communications Director
Phone:  (562) 243-5559
Email address:  jmcabrera@chirla.org