August 25, 2007

Oklahoma Hispanic Ministers Rally Against Anti-Immigrant Laws

Tulsa, OK- The Reverend Miguel Rivera, President of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders and Attorney William Sanchez will meet local attorneys in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the to discuss the possibility of legal action against the State of Oklahoma regarding legislation known as 1804.

"We are at the point of making a decision regarding our response to this issue within the next few days. Our plans include a large rally hosted by the Latino evangelical church on Saturday, August 25th at 1:30pm in Tulsa and again later during the week,” announced the Rev. Rivera to members of the press at a local radio station today.

"The Tulsa County Sheriff stated that many Latinos have been deported to their countries, even Puerto Ricans! This is according to local television reports. We’ve asked the Department of Justice in Washington, DC to launch an investigation regarding the possibility that U.S. citizens have been racially profiled and their rights as American citizens violated, “ added Rev. Rivera.

At noon today, more than 100 evangelical pastors from throughout the state of Oklahoma will organize in a “Calmor a Dios” rally, the first ever in this state, to be held at the steps of the capitol in Oklahoma City.

The chapter of CONLAMIC-Oklahoma is officially announcing its establishment today as the Rev. Victor Orta steps forward as the officially appointed State Coordinator. Rev. Orta will represent the state of Oklahoma within the National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC).

Oklahoma Native American leaders were invited to support the advocacy efforts of the Latino evangelical pastors and to provide assistance of matters regarding the racial profiling data base and other issues that are being disclosed to the CONLAMIC attorneys.

"We are creating a state database which includes the name, badge number and patrol car plate identification of each local police officer that intervenes with any member of the community as a result of what is believed to be racial profiling. This gathering of evidence will assist as we gather evidence for our federal reports and case development,” said Rev. Rivera.

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