…Days Before President Obama Holds Key Meeting on Immigration Reform
Hundreds of Immigrant Students from Across the Country to Hold "Dream" Graduation Ceremony at U.S. Capitol Steps
Mirroring Solidarity Events Across the U.S., Immigrant Students Clad in Caps and Gowns will be Joined by Key Legislators to Call for Swift Passage of the DREAM Act
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With the Capitol Dome behind them, hundreds of students/youth from all over the country, along with education, faith, business, immigrant and civil rights leaders and members of Congress will participate in a National DREAM Graduation ceremony, hosted by the United We Dream Coalition (UWD). Clad in caps and gowns, immigrant students from Texas, New York, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois and beyond will call for swift passage of the DREAM Act-legislation that would correct a flaw in our immigration laws by providing a path to legal status for young people brought to this country at a young age.
Solidarity events are being held from coast to coast on the 23rd. A list of the events is available at http://www.dreamactivist.org/dream-graduations-coast-coast/
WHAT: DREAM Graduation Ceremony highlighting the achievements of our nation's undocumented youth and the vast support for passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 2009; 12 p.m., ET
WHERE: Lower Senate Park
Louisiana Ave NW & D St NW, Washington, DC 20001
WHO: Youth, Education, Faith, Labor, Business, Immigrant and Civil Rights leader
VISUALS: Diverse group of immigrant youth in caps and gowns will hold an emotional ceremony steps away from the Capitol Dome.
CONTACT: Tolu Olubunmi 202-216-0261 ext.407(o); 240-505-5921(c)
Daniela Alulema (Spanish media) 646-472-9565 (c)
Sookyung Oh (Asian American and Pacific Islander media) 267-334-5918(c)
Additional Spanish-language, French-language, Korean-language and Mandarin-language spokespeople from around the country will be available for interviews at this event.