On Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon a group of Spokane residents will rally at Riverfront Park to rally for immigration reform.
According to the group's Facebook page, the purpose of the gathering is to “to stand in solidarity with the families and individuals who are separated from their families due to detentions and/or deportations.”
“Together we will advocate and send a message to Congress,” they write, “We want a vote on citizenship now!”
Local leaders, including the Rev. Todd Eklof of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, will be speaking at the event.
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