May 1, 2013
A local event raised awareness for a national immigration bill.
The Community Forum on Immigration Reform took place at the Free Speech Monument on the Downtown Mall.
People gathered to spread the word about an immigration reform bill that includes a path to citizenship for people who are in America who aren't documented.
Two weeks ago, a bi-partisan group of senators introduced legislation to create a path toward citizenship for 11 million immigrants.
The bill is in the Senate now.
"It's really important now for people who feel strongly about this issue, it's important for people to write letters, to make phone calls, to send emails, and tell their congressmen and their and their senators how they feel," said Melanie Miller, Sojourner's Church Pastor.
People played African drums and listened to others explain the policy, spiritual, and personal sides of immigration. Attendees also wrote on the Freedom of Speech wall to express how they felt about immigration in America.