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Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride

More than forty years ago, African Americans and their allies, including many Jews, participated in Freedom Rides to bring attention to the injustices of racism and to gather support for the Civil Rights Movement. Now, inspired by those who went before, immigrant workers and their supporters will fill buses and travel across the United States in late September to focus public attention on the injustices of current immigration policies and on three essential requirements of a new immigration policy:
· To provide a "road to citizenship" for all immigrant workers in this country;
· To enable immigrant workers to easily re-unite their families; and
· To protect the rights of immigrants in the workplace.

Setting out from nine different cities, the Immigrant Workers Freedom Rides (IWFR) buses will travel through dozens of towns and cities before converging in Washington, DC, where the Freedom Riders will meet with elected officials. Then they will head to New York City for a mass rally in support of immigrant rights and national policy reform. As Jews we remember our own struggle as American immigrants, and are taking a stand in solidarity with today’s immigrants who face similar struggles.


Los Angeles
Saturday, September 20—Kick-off Rally
Los Angeles City Hall, 10:00am

San Francisco
Saturday, September 20—“March for Immigrant Rights" Send-off
Yerba Buena Gardens (Mission St. between 3rd & 4th), 11:00am
March Up Market Street, 12:00noon
Program & Festival at Civic Center, 1:30pm

Sunday, September 21—San Francisco Jewish Community Kick-Off Event
Temple Beth Sholom, 13th and Clement Ave., 4:00-6:00pm

Saturday, September 27—Kick Off and Bus Send-Off
Federal Plaza (corner of Adams St. and Dearborn St.), 10:00am

Immokalee, FL
Saturday, September 27—Rally, tour of farmworking community, and lunch!
Meet and park at Coalition of Immokalee Workers' office building - 215F W. Main St. (corner of 3rd St. and Main), 12:00noon-2:00pm

Sunday, September 28—Send off Rally
Faneuil Hall, 4:00pm

Tuesday, September 30—Celebration
St. Thomas Aquinas Church (17th and Morris Street), 6:00pm

Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, October 1—Welcoming Event
Bible Way Temple, 1100 New Jersey Ave NW, 6:30pm

Thursday, October 2—Solidarity March
Farragut Park, K Street between Connecticut Ave and 17th St., 7:00pm

New Jersey
Friday, October 3—Rally
Liberty State Park, 2:00pm

New York City
Saturday, October 4—Rally and Festival with music, cultural activities and celebrities
Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, 11:00am-3:00pm
*Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) will be leading Tashlich, the traditional Jewish ritual of casting away sins associated with Yom Kippur, at this gathering. Please contact JFREJ for more information at 212-647-8966.

For updated information about these events, and those taking place in other cities, please visit the Immigrant Worker Freedom Rides website at

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