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Thousands of people of faith representing dozens of religious denominations and organizations will demonstrate their support for immigration reform in a series of events Sunday in Washington.
March for America events begin Sunday morning with a special Mass at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Washington. Roger Cardinal Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, will preside.
A variety of religious leaders will lead an interfaith prayer service at 1 p.m. Sunday on the National Mall. A rally on the Mall and a march to RFK Stadium will begin at 2 p.m. (See prayer service and rally speakers below).
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Scheduled speakers at the interfaith prayer service: The Most Reverend John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City; Rev. Harvey Clemons, Pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist in Houston, TX; Rev. Nancy MacDonald, Pastor of Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Manassas, VA; Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice; Rev. Jennifer Kottler, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Sojourners; Imam Naqvi, Founder and Chairman of the Islamic Information Center; Bishop Orlando Findlayter, Senior Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship and Chairman of Churches United to Save and Heal (CUSH); Rabbi Daryl Crystal, Interim Rabbi at Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills, Maryland; Hajar Hosseini, Communications Manager at the Islamic Information Center; Rev. Dr. Troy Jackson, Senior Pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati OH; Rev. David Bigsby, Pastor of Upper Room Ministries and President, Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus; Fr. Jesus Nieto-Ruiz, pastor of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Oakland, CA, and leader of the PICO National Network; and Rev. Noemi Mena, Pastor for Hispanic Ministry at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C.
Scheduled speakers at the rally: Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles; Bishop Minerva Carcaño of The Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church; Rev. Derrick Harkins, Senior Pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, Rev. John McCullough, Executive Director of Church World Service; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); Rabbi Morris Allen, rabbi, Beth Jacob Synagogue in Mendota Heights, MN; Rev. Seth Kemper-Dale, Co-Pastor of Reformed Church of Highland Park; Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.); Marc Morial, president and CEO, The National Urban League; Janet Murgía, president and CEO, National Council of La Raza; Esther Lopez, director, UFCW Civil Rights and Community Action Department; Ben Jealous, president and CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Gregory A. Cendana, president, United States Student Association; and many others