Below is a list of the press coverage the buy-cott has received thus far. Thanks to all the media outlets for their outstanding coverage of this great action!
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Area businesses ask patrons to support path to citizenship
By Greg Ruland
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
More than 40 Grand Junction-area small businesses announced their support for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship during a rally on Monday.
The statewide “Buy-cott” announced by a coalition of progressive and immigrant rights groups urges Coloradans to “vote with their wallet and shop at businesses publicly supporting a comprehensive immigration reform bill,” said Juan Gallegos, spokesman for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition.
Citing a study by the Colorado Fiscal Institute, Gallegos said comprehensive immigration reform would add more than $400 million to the state’s economy, create 2,300 to 3,500 new jobs and generate up to $3 million in additional sales-tax revenue that could be spent on roads and other priorities for the state.
Starting Aug. 4 and continuing through Aug. 10, the group wants consumers to buy goods and services from businesses that display a road map to citizenship poster depicting Lady Liberty against a green background.
“Small businesses in Colorado will call on leaders in the (U.S. House of Representatives) to listen to their voices and stop impeding economic progress in our country by blocking immigration reform that small businesses across the country want and need,” Gallegos said.
Four hundred Colorado businesses signed up for the Buy-cott, including a mix of 198 Hispanic and non-Hispanic firms located across the Western Slope, said Nelly Garcia, spokeswoman for the Grand Junction event.
“Why comprehensive immigration reform? One, for the sake of the family. Let’s keep families together. And two, for a prosperous economic future for our city, county and state. And three, for the well-being of our beloved country,” Pastor Joe Guajardo of Iglesia Eterna Roca told the gathering of about a dozen supporters who attended the Grand Junction rally at Seventh Street and North Avenue.
A similar rally in Glenwood Springs staged at Sunlight Mountain Resort drew about 20 supporters, said Sophia Clark, a democracy fellow with the Colorado Immigration Reform Coalition.