USCCB News Release
March 4, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Justice For Immigrants Campaign to Hold Regional Convening in Ohio, March 26-28
WASHINGTON—The Justice For Immigrants (JFI) campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will hold a regional convening and training near Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 26-28. The convening, which will take place at the Kings Island Conference Center in Mason, will bring together immigration reform supporters from Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and Michigan to provide them with coalition building skills, advocacy tools and other materials to strengthen and grow the support base for immigration reform. It will also seek to arm advocates with updated Catholic messages and educational pieces to continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform.
"Comprehensive immigration reform remains a priority for the Catholic church. The convening in Cincinnati will provide the necessary training and educational tools for immigration reform and JFI supporters to continue to grow the grass roots base that seeks humane and compassionate changes to our nation's immigration system," said Johnny Young, executive director of the Migration and Refugee Services of the USCCB.
"JFI is looking to draw attendees from Ohio and the surrounding states because of the region's large population of Catholics," said Antonio Cube, JFI manager. "We know that the majority of Catholics have heard the bishops' call for immigration reform but have not felt compelled enough to act. By convening in Cincinnati, the JFI campaign is looking to seize upon the opportunity to educate the region's many Catholics about the church's position on immigration reform and urge them to act on it. We invite Catholics, other people of faith, and supporters of comprehensive immigration reform to attend the convening," he said.
To register or get more information about the Ohio regional convening, call 202-541-3165. Information can also be found on the following Web sites:
http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?1Q,M3,2f041b23-ed4b-4f43-9c78-63424b863ea2, www.justiceforimmigrants.org and http://www.usccb.org/mrs/.