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Human Rights Event Planned

The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN) is partnering with Witness for Peace Southeast, Pitt County NAACP and eight other organizations on Monday, April 2 to sponsor the Greenville Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace. This event is part of a 6-day 100-mile event to raise awareness for immigration reform, fair trade policies, and human rights for all.

The participants will meet for breakfast at 9am at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and will make their way on foot to ECU’s Student Plaza where a rally will kick off at 12:30 p.m. The rally will include student speakers and organization presentations on topics including immigration deportation and sexual orientation hate crimes. The group will reconvene at St Paul’s for dinner at 6 p.m. with Congressman Butterfield, Greenville City Council members, and Pitt County Commissioners where they will hear speakers from NC NAACP and AMEXCAN.  

Commenting on the rise in immigrant detention and deportation, Gail Phares, Director of Witness for Peace SE says, “In North Carolina, thousands of immigrants are picked up on misdemeanors and detained in isolated centers far from their friends and families. Our immigrant brothers and sisters need our support now more than ever.” The events taking place in Wilmington, April 1; Greenville, April 2; Rocky Mount, April 3; Wilson, April 4; Cary, April 5; and Garner, April 6 will be the “prophetic action for justice” Phares says must be taken.

To attend the dinner, RSVP to the secretary at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 

Click here for the day’s schedule.



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