Freedom Riders rally Downtown Monday

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October 4, 2004 // UPDATED 4:14 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The Minnesota Freedom Ride, a bus tour through Southern Minnesota designed to raise awareness of issues facing immigrant workers, will end in a rally at the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. 6th St., on Monday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.

Several local labor union officials are scheduled to appear at the rally. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend, said Alison Quito Ziegler, a ride organizer.

The bus tour started in Minneapolis on Sept. 30 and stopped in several Southern Minnesota towns, including Northfield, Rochester and Owatonna.

The Freedom Ride bus also served as a traveling photography exhibit featuring work by Ziegler, one of the Freedom Ride organizers, who spent a year photographing Latino immigrants around the state.

A press conference will be held before the rally at Sagrado Corazon Church, West 38th Street & Pleasant Avenue, 1:30-1:50 p.m.

Freedom Ride participants are pushing for immigration reform, including expanded educational opportunities for the children of immigrant workers, family reunification for immigrants separated from family members in other countries and migrant workers' rights, among other things.

Minnesota has an estimated 57,573 Latino immigrants with a large population in Southern Minnesota working in agriculture.

For more information, visit www.mnfr.org.