Wednesday, September 9, 2009
It was over a year ago when we first presented our book, Underground Undergrads, to our readers. With the growing movement around the Dream Act, particularly with the emerging strength of the nationwide United We Dream Coalition, we have seen a flurry of articles, editorials, and endorsements since then.
Now another book is out, narrating some more tough stories of perseverance and success all leading to a similar conclusion: We need the Dream Act now!
Dr. William Perez, an assistant Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University, documents the lives of undocumented students at different stages of their academic careers, starting with high school all through college graduates. However, Dr. Perez doesn't end it there. With a fabulous anecdote of "what if?" he acquaints us with the world of success of those formerly undocumented college graduates as his own offering of hope -- not just for those in waiting, but for those in doubt.
In case you didn't catch him on NPR this August, have a listen here. The book, We ARE Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream is now available for ordering. If you simply can't wait until your book arrives, I hope this sample chapter holds you over.
*Bonus* 30% of author royalty earnings will be donated to scholarship programs for undocumented students
Monday, August 10, 2009
click here: to listen
Our friend Chris Newman from NDLON (National Day Laborers Organizing Network) discusses the DREAM Act around 24:20 with Jim Lafferty on KPFK's The National Lawyers Guild.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Labor union support is pivotal to pass the DREAM Act and the support from Labor unions from the O.C. to L.A. is continuously growing. After meeting with Congressional members staffers I have learned that they really take notice to the support we have from unions. It's great to see that more and more unions are endorsing the DREAM Act.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
What's the latest on the DREAM Act? What's going on?
Click here to listen to Matias talk about the DREAM Act on Strategy Session with Antonio Gonzales.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
This coming week we hope inform fellow community members about how they can become involved in the campaign. Join us! Refreshments will be served.
For more information, comment here, or e-mail us at dreamteamlosangeles [at] gmail.com.
Monday, July 13, 2009
On Sunday July 5th, the Underground Undergrads Team was invited to speak during the service for the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica.
Beautifully coordinated by the pulpit host of that day, Vilma Ortiz, the service highlighted the plight of immigrants in our country. The sermon was delivered by Kent Wong, Director at the UCLA Labor Center and a student member of our team, whose story inspired many members to continue asking questions--and seeking answers--after the ceremony.
We thank the Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Monica for allowing us to share our story with wonderful, embracing people.
Faith-based support is increasing around the DREAM Act, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, among others. If your organization would like to endorse the DREAM Act, please contact United We Dream here.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Mary Boies, Boies & McInnis LLP
Robert C. Bonner, The Sentinel HS Group/Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Jeb Bush, Jeb Bush and Associates, LLC
Allan E. Goodman, Institute of International Education
Gordon H. Hanson, University of California, San Diego
Michael H. Jordan, MHJ Holdings Co
Friday, July 3, 2009
Today, Wisconsin took another step further and realized that all it's citizens have equal rights when it comes to educational access.
"Excellent!" (Guitar Riff)
Yeah, Wayne's World (Milwaukee,WI) I'm that old and still no DREAM Act.
full story NY Times.
Deportation Delayed for ‘Dream Act’ Campaign Focus
Immigration authorities have postponed for one year the deportation of Walter Lara, an immigrant from Argentina who said he had come to the United States illegally with his parents when he was 3, officials said. Mr. Lara, an honors graduate of high school and community college in Miami, was the focus of a campaign by supporters of proposed legislation known as the Dream Act, which would grant legal status to young illegal immigrants who have lived for years in the United States. Lawmakers including Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, wrote a letter on his behalf. Mr. Lara was scheduled t o be deported on July 6.