Virginia is consistently a swing state and plays a critical role at the national level. In 2010, with the rise of efforts to press for federal comprehensive immigration reform, VOICE knew it would be essential to ensure that Northern Virginia had a well-organized multi-racial constituency to support just and realistic comprehensive immigration reform.
We began by cultivating relationships across the divides of culture, religion, ethnicity, and race that can so easily polarize our own member congregations on the issue of immigration. We held more than 25 listening sessions between non-citizen immigrants and American citizens at 10 VOICE congregations to build solidarity for comprehensive immigration reform.
By March we were able to turnout 1,150 leaders from 14 VOICE congregations to March for America in DC—a national comprehensive immigration reform rally. We also brought together 125 of our leaders from 12 VOICE congregations to welcome 4 undocumented immigrant youth walking from Florida to DC to bring attention to the plight of undocumented students