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‘March for One’ rallies for immigration reform March 6

Next week, 50 Oregonians will embark on a five-day regional “March for One” bus tour through Oregon’s Second Congressional District.

Tour stops include Hood River and points east, with a noon lunch event, “Strengthening Our One Community” on March 6.

Sponsored by Rural Organizing Project, Causa Oregon, PCUN Farmworkers Union and the United Farmworkers Union, the goal of the event is “to unite rural communities in the vision of immigration reform, restoration of driver’s licenses and fair treatment for all immigrants,” according to a Causa Oregon press release.

WHEN AND WHERE

‘Strengthening Our One Community’

will be at noon at Riverside Church.

Lunch is provided at no charge.

The church is at 317 State St., Hood River.

Parking available on Sherman and State Streets.

Speakers at the Hood River event will include immigrant Graciela Gomez of Hood River. Also scheduled to speak is a local high student who was undocumented until recently, now qualified for legal status.

He will discuss his experiences growing up in Hood River as an undocumented person. A March for One representative will also speak.

The March for One Oregon Bus Tour will start in Bend on March 5 and travel through central and eastern Oregon, to Hood River, Madras, Pendleton and other cities.

“This historic bus tour is to promote the sanctity of Oregon families, show that we are one community and one Oregon,” said Amanda Aguilar-Shank, senior organizer at Rural Organizing Project.

“Bringing families together from around rural Oregon and our allies from the region, we seek to win dignity for all of our community members.”

Riders will also connect with allies from Idaho and Washington in stops in those states.

“A range of activities are planned for each stop along the route including rallies, press conferences, vigils, sharing stories, and meeting new allies,” said Aguilar-Shank.

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