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Arizona Faith Leaders To Hold Press Conference Speaking Out Against Hateful Rhetoric Aimed at Immigrants

Source: Sojourners
Date: June 12, 2008

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Contact: Kaitlin Hasseler, 202/745-4625, media@sojo.net

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Arizona Faith Leaders To Hold Press Conference Speaking Out Against Hateful Rhetoric Aimed at Immigrants

Diverse Group of Christians Call on State Leaders to Address Broken Immigration System

WHAT: At a press conference on Monday, June 16th, faith leaders from diverse congregations and organizations across Arizona will present a letter discussing their concern about the increasingly hateful rhetoric surrounding the immigration debate. These leaders, who include some of the most visible Evangelical leaders in the state, wish to communicate to Arizona State Leaders that local communities demand a more compassionate dialogue about immigration reform.

WHY: With the 2008 general election approaching and federal legislation around immigration reform stalled, issues surrounding immigration have been brought to center stage in the media and around water coolers across the country. In Arizona, a number of local and state officials have responded by engaging in a public conversation that is dividing communities, confusing enforcement procedures and creating an unwelcoming spirit for many seeking to make Arizona their home. A group of faith leaders across the religious spectrum have come together to say enough is enough, and it is time for change.

WHO: -- Dr. Gary Kinnaman, Pastor-at-Large/Mentor, Phoenix large churches, and founder and former Senior Pastor of Word of Grace, a 6,000 congregation church in Mesa, AZ.

--Kit Danley, President of Neighborhood Ministries (NM), a non profit organization that serves at-risk children and families in inner-city Phoenix. NM has an 8-acre campus with a health clinic, pre-school, job training center, bi-lingual church, and numerous youth programs

-- Prominent Religious leaders representing more than a hundred thousand Christians in AZ, including Dr. Darryl DelHousaye, President, Phoenix Seminary and Rev. Dr. Benjamin N. Thomas, Sr., Senior Minister, Tanner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

WHEN: Monday, June 16th @ 10 am MST.

WHERE: Neighborhood Ministries

1929 West Fillmore St

Phoenix, AZ 85009

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About Christians For Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR):

CCIR represents a coalition of Christian organizations, churches, and leaders, from across the theological and political spectrum, united in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Despite our differences on other issues, we are working together to revive comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible, because we share a set of common moral and theological principles that compel us to love and care for the stranger among us.

For more information about CCIR please visit: www.sojo.net/immigration