Immigration reform is the topic of a forum tomorrow in West Lafayette.
The event is part of a six-week bus tour across the country known as the Fast for Families Across America campaign.
The effort grew out of a 22-day hunger strike in Washington DC late last year.
Rudy López is a Senior Organizer for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement.
He participated in the hunger strike, which drew national attention and visits in his tent on the National Mall from President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and several members of the US Congress.
The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette is awarding its latest round of grants. The $102,492.65 will help five organizations with larger projects.
The Furniture Bank is buying a truck thanks to donations from several groups, including the Foundation. The organization that helps those with a housing emergency received a $20,000 grant.
The bank is run by First United Methodist Church with several nonprofits and the City of Lafayette. Volunteer Jeanne Norberg says the box truck will pick-up furniture donations and can now deliver it to people getting back on their feet.
Since Lafayette Urban Ministry’s 2013 tax assistance program began January 22, it’s brought back $2.5 million to low income tax filers.
Executive Director Joe Micon says it’s an important resource for those who seek the help.
“With these refunds, individuals are able to pay back rents. They’re able to purchase clothing for their children. People have paid tuition at Ivy Tech with these refunds,” he says. “Even had an individual purchase a car so he could accept a job.”