Saturday, July 17, 2010

Press Release: 3 Days of Mobilization in Washington D.C.
The Dream is Coming
Saturday, July 17, 2010
For Immediate Release

Juan Escalante 407-602.8675

July 17th, 2010


Washington, D.C. On July 19th, hundreds of immigrant youth and community members will begin a three-day action in Washington D.C. to urge congressional leadership to take action and pass the DREAM Act, a narrowly-tailored, bipartisan bill which would grant immigrant youth a path to citizenship.

“We’ve come to fight for our dreams, our parents’ dreams, and the dreams of our communities.” says Lizbeth Mateo, an undocumented student from California and co-founder of Dream Team Los Angeles.

After two months of coast-to-coast actions, including dozens of sit-ins, civil disobedience actions, and protracted hunger strikes by both undocumented youth and community members, they have decided to bring the cause of their lives to Washington D.C.

Yahaira Carrillo, of the Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance “We’ve come to our nation’s capitol for three days to make our presence known and our voices heard. We’re undocumented, but we’re not afraid.”

Mohammad Abdollahi of ONE Michigan states, “Half a century ago, it was young people who sat at lunch counters and in buses, working to desegregate the South. In the spirit of the civil rights movement, we’re here to champion immigrant rights because we can’t wait to be equal anymore- dreams denied are dreams deferred.”

At least 65,000 undocumented immigrant youth graduate from high schools every year, and many of them struggle to attend institutes of higher education and the military. The DREAM Act will grant youth who traveled to the United States before the age of 16 a path to citizenship contingent on continuous presence in the country, good behavior, and the attainment of at least a two-year university degree or a two-year commitment to the armed forces.

Lobbying for the DREAM Act

When: Monday, July 19th, begins at 12:00 pm and Wednesday, July 21st, begins at 1:00 pm.

Where: Senate and House office buildings at the U.S. Capitol.

Dream Graduation Ceremony

When: Tuesday, July 20th, Noon.

Where: West side of the U.S. Capitol. Near the corner of 1st Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW at the Spring Grotto (in case of rain, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E Capitol Street Northeast).

Press Conference Calling for Immediate Passage of the DREAM Act

(Speakers include Senator Durbin, Representative Grijalva, Representative Diaz-Balart)

When: Wednesday, July 21st, 11:00 am

Where: West side of the U.S. Capitol, near the corner of 1st Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW at the Spring Grotto.

Rally for the DREAM Act

When: Tuesday, July 20th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: Rally begins at the west side of the U.S. Capitol, near the corner of 1st Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW at the Spring Grotto.
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