Thursday, September 16, 2010

Help pass the DREAM Act in the US Senate! Now's our chance!


On Tuesday Senator Reid announced that he'll put the DREAM Act up for a vote in the US Senate as early as next week. It'll be an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization bill.

SO EXCITING! But now it's time to get to work, to make sure it passes!

Earlier today, DREAM Act advocates from the United States Student Association, United We DREAM, Reform Immigration for America, Center for American Progress, and One America held a press conference at the Center for Community Change in order to urge the US Senate to pass the bill.



I took this from a write up about the event. I can't read it without crying:

Felipe Matos, who walked 1,500 miles on the Trail of DREAMs told his own story of being born into dire poverty in Brazil. When his mother got sick, the only way forward for her son was to send him to the United States.

When I arrived in Miami, my family here told me that I could achieve my dreams if I worked hard enough. And I took that to heart. That’s why I walked 1,500 miles – in WINTER! I’m from Miami, and I don’t know anything about how to handle the winter! But I walked. And I fought. And I did it because I love this country. I did it so that people could see us and know that we are human beings.


You can help!

* Call both of your Senators at 1-888-254-5087 and tell them to support the DREAM Act amendment:

“Hi I am calling to ask that Senator _______ vote in favor of the DREAM Act. This bill will allow for thousands of undocumented youth to fix their status by getting a two year college degree or joining the military. This is an investment in our country's future. Support the DREAM Act.”

* Take literally 10 seconds to send both of your Senators an email with the same message, here.

* Lastly, write a letter to your local newspaper's editor, here.

Thanks for your help.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nicole,

    I'm a photo editor from Scholastic Inc. A children's publisher in NY, and one of the editors came across your photo on your blog. We are interested in using the image of the little girl holding the poster "support the dream" for e reading intervention program. Is this your photo? Can you contact me for more details? My email is eteresa-consultant@scholastic.com

    Thanks,
    Emily

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