In addition to the mushrooming movement of fast food workers that is generating protests and strikes around the state today, the good folks at Fair Share will be calling on Congresswoman Renee Ellmers today with a petition calling for immigration reform. This is from the announcement:
“Supporters of comprehensive immigration reform for a fair economy will deliver more than 1,000 petition signatures to U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers Thursday, demanding that the congresswoman call for an up-or-down House vote. The action comes as proponents of immigration reform highlight the issue in North Carolina and across the country as members of Congress prepare to head back to Washington, D.C. in less than two weeks.
‘When we bring 11.5 million aspiring Americans out of the shadows and allow them to join the legal, regulated workforce, we will grow our economy, both across the country and in North Carolina,’ said Wendy Jones, state organizer for Fair Share in North Carolina. ‘Employers who could otherwise game the system can no longer cheat their employees on wages and working conditions. Wages and benefits will go up – benefitting not just new Americans but all North Carolina workers. And that means more dollars pumped into the economy. Everyone’s boat rises – more consumer spending, more jobs, more money for things America needs.'”
The event will take place at Ellmers’ office in Dunn (406 West Broad Street) at 12:00 noon.