Religious, Business Leaders Join Up for Immigration Talks

Who: COPA (Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action)
What: Immigration Convening
Where: CSUMB @ Salinas City Center
1 Main Street, Salinas
When: Monday, April 9th

Featured Guests:

Bishop Richard Garcia, Catholic Diocese of Monterey
Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Cal-Nevada Conference, United Methodist Church
Bishop Mark Holmerud, Sierra Pacific Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Rabbi Paula Marcus, Temple Beth El, Aptos
Don Chapin, The Don Chapin Company
Pete Scudder, Scudder, Roofing
John Narigi, Monterey Plaza Hotel
Wesley Van Camp, Tanimura & Antle
Ernesto Cortes, Jr., Industrial Areas Foundation

Salinas, Calif. – On April 9th, COPA will convene religious and business leaders for a conversation about immigration’s impacts to our region and the need for federal immigration reform. Over 50 area leaders are expected to gather. COPA will propose a continued effort by those assembled to join in meetings with California members of Congress to discuss the issue.

Federal inaction on immigration reform and the partisan posturing that goes with it has created the urgency of this April 9th gathering. The COPA Immigration Convening will demonstrate that it is possible for people with a diverse set of interests, backgrounds, faiths and political persuasions to collectively seek a practical solution on an issue that affects our region.

COPA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of 28 member institutions working together to address the pressures affecting families in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. COPA was founded in 2003 and is affiliated nationally with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the oldest and largest community organizing network in the country. Please visit or for more information.


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