Nuns on the Bus take part in rally
Nuns on the Bus urged change in America’s immigration policy at a recent rally in Atlanta.
On June 5, the Catholic sisters joined labor leaders and immigration activists in urging U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss to vote for a roadmap to citizenship this year. The afternoon rally was sponsored by the Georgia AFL-CIO, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights and Nuns on the Bus.
The event was held at Chambliss’s Atlanta office. The demonstrators urged the senator and fellow lawmakers to forge ahead for new immigration legislation.
Catholic sisters on the 6,500-mile tour, 15-state tour are urging lawmakers across the country to support legislation that provides a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, promotes family unity and protects the rights of all immigrant workers. The tour, which began in the shadow of Ellis Island a few weeks ago, has drawn large and enthusiastic crowds of supporters in state after state.
Speakers included Sr. Simone Campbell, organizer of Nuns on the Bus, along with Adelina Nicholls, executive director of GLAHR; State Rep. Pedro Marin; and Charlie Flemming, president, Georgia AFL-CIO.
“Nuns on the Bus: A Drive for Faith, Family, and Citizenship” is planned around stops at historical landmarks. The bus is taking the nuns through the Southern states, plains of Texas and border towns throughout the Southwest. Sisters are rallying with community members at more than 50 faith-based agencies and local congressional offices to lift up the voices of both aspiring Americans and citizens who have been impacted negatively by the current immigration system.