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Mar 22, 2010

Melanie L. Campbell's Remarks During March 4 America Rally

MARCH 4 AMERICA RALLY Sunday, March 21, 2010 Lafayette Park, Washington, DC

Good Sunday morning my brothers and sisters, I bring you greetings on this historic Sunday morning----on behalf of The National Coalition, the Black Women’s Roundtable---the Unity Diaspora Coalition----representing over 5 million African American, African, Afro-Latino and Caribbean leaders across the country.

I stand before you today on the shoulders of giants, like the late Rev. James Orange and the dean and matriarch of the civil, human and women’s rights movements---Dr. Dorothy Height and Dr. Joseph Lowery.

We join all of you in solidarity calling for jobs and comprehensive immigration reform NOW.

America voted for change in 2008---we have waited and we have been patient---and we want change NOW!

We thank our leaders in advance for stepping up to the plate and leading on comprehensive immigration reform and jobs NOW.

What do we want?

We want Congress to act with good bi-partisan legislation and action this year that builds on our hopes and not our fears.

We want laws on the books that help bring good jobs to everyone.

We want the American dream for a better life for all of our children---whether they were born here, walked here, flew here or came over on a boat---we want what this country stands for that says:

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

We need immigration reform that brings immigrant families together, not tear them apart.

We want President Obama to keep his promise (which we know he will) to make jobs and immigration reform a top priority just like Healthcare, the Environment and the Economy.

Today, we call on Democrats, Republicans, Independents to support jobs and immigration reform.

Get on the phone! Call your representative in Congress! Send President Obama the message to act NOW

In the memory of

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceasar Chavez Shirley Chisholm Sojourner Truth Fannie Lou Hamer and just like Fannie Lou we are sick and tired of being sick and tired…

There was a time in our history that African-Americans were not considered a full person.

There was a time when we could not vote.

There was a time when we were beaten and jailed for believing.

This fight is your fight This fight is my fight This fight is the American peoples fight.

Repeat after me……

We are the change!

Yes we can!

Se Ce Puede!

Comprehensive Immigration Reform NOW

Good Jobs NOW

TOGETHER IN UNITY, we are the change!

Thank you and God bless each one of you.

The National Coalition’s Media contact: Edrea Davis, Communications Director, The National Coalition at (818) 613-9521 or edmedia@dogonvillage.com

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