We know all about the marches and rallies that are held in support of commonsense immigration reform. Whether they’re in local communities here on Long Island or at our nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C., these rallies bring attention to a very important issue.
On May 22 and 23, the March for Innovation will conduct the largest ever virtual march on Washington where leaders from politics, business, entertainment, and sports will take to social media outlets such as Google Hangouts, Reddit AMAs, Twitter Town Halls, and other platforms to stir up a digital storm in support of comprehensive immigration reform.
The initiative is being led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and most recently was joined by Newark Mayor Cory Booker as well as former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other supporters include Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox.
As this is a virtual “march,” the organization is calling it an “#iMarch,” in reference to the Twitter hashtag, to refer to the event.
Here is the organization’s mission statement:
We’re America’s innovators—the leaders of hundreds of technology companies and we’re working with the Partnership for a New American Economy to lead a movement among all Americans to pass sensible immigration reform. Innovation and technology is the engine of the American economy, but we need more of the best and brightest to power it. It’s simple: the more skilled labor we have in America, the more innovation we have, the better our economy performs, and the more jobs we create for all Americans. We’re bridging party lines to streamline, modernize, and rationalize our broken immigration system. Are you in?
It’s not too late for you to get involved. Please visit www.MarchforInnovation.com/act to find out how you can help contribute to this effort.
There are a host of sample Facebook posts and Twitter tweets that you can use to show your support as well as to help get others involved.
One of the aspects of the “march” will be a “Thunderclap,” in which a single message will be mass-shared, flash mob-style, on social media. So far, there were over 1,700 people signed up for the Thunderclap, which means the post would have a social reach of more than 40 million people. You can sign up for it here.
Every tweet and Facebook post matters, so please do your part to support immigration reform!