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Making The DREAM a Reality: Rally at Senator Feinstein's Office

Thursday, May 20, 2010
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Michelle Romero
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Office, One Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

Students will rally at Senator Feinstein's office on Thursday, May 20th to urge the Senator to call on her colleagues to get the Federal Dream Act (H.R.1751/S.729) on the legislative calendar now! The Federal Dream Act would provide a pathway to legalization for U.S.-raised and educated undocumented young people pursuing higher education.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools every year. Many of these young people were brought to this country at an age before they could understand the consequences of their actions. They were raised here, went through our K-12 educational system, and call the U.S. their home. They are honor roll students, aspiring teachers, doctors, and lawyers, but despite their hard work and determination to achieve their dreams of higher education, they are being denied the opportunity to participate and contribute as full members of society.

Undocumented students do not qualify for any state or federal financial aid. Moreover, those whom are able to obtain their college degrees, are unable to use them to work. The Federal Dream Act (H.R.1751 & S.729), introduced in Congress on March 26, 2009, would provide a pathway to legalization for undocumented individuals who were brought to this country before the age of 16, graduate from a U.S. high school or obtain an equivalent GED, lived in the U.S. continuously for at least five years before the bill is passed, have good moral character, and enroll in a college or university, or enlist in the military for at least two years.

If the Federal Dream Act legislation does not pass, students who have done nothing wrong will continue to be subject to deportation simply because of our failed immigration system. On Thursday, May 20th UC, CSU, CC, and high school students across the state will be gathering at Senator Dianne Feinstein's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices to call on the Senator to champion this piece of legislation in Congress, and get it passed now. This is the ninth year since the Federal Dream Act was first introduced and students have grown weary of the government's inaction.

• WHO: UC, CSU, CC, and high school students from the San Francisco Bay Area
• WHAT: Rally and press conference in support of the Federal Dream Act
• WHEN: Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 3:00-5:00pm Pacific Daylight Time
• WHERE: Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Office, One Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
• WHY: To urge Sen. Feinstein to champion the Dream Act in Congress

Contact Lead Organizer Michelle Romero at meromero [at] with any questions or to arrange an
The United States Student Association, the country’s oldest and largest student-led organization, represents over 4.5 million students at over 400 campuses across the nation. We work to develop current and future leaders and amplify the student voice at the local, state, and national levels by mobilizing grassroots power to win concrete victories on student issues.

Added to the calendar on Mon, May 17, 2010 1:11PM
by Michelle Romero
Announcement: The SF Rally will begin at Union Square at 3pm!! We will march over to Sen. Feinstein's office together where a press conference will take place at 3:30pm.
Hope to see you there :)

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by Pro Migrante & Student, Anti War & Occupation
I support you! But, do you fully understand the implications of the DREAM Act?

The Pentagon and West Point officials helped write the DREAM Act.

Watch at 53 min & 56:40

Yo Soy El Army

As Latinos grow into America's largest minority, the community is being targeted by the US military as a new and steady source of recruits. Entering into the lowest and most dangerous ranks, Latinos have been disproportionately killed in America's latest wars.

"Yo Soy el Army : America's New Military Caste," a Big Noise Films co-production with Producciones Cimarron, looks at the militarization of the immigration debate. Alongside the Spanish-language media campaigns, the false promises and stringent laws that have even resulted in the deportation of non-citizen veterans, the US government is now considering the DREAM Act, legislation that offers a path to citizenship through military service.

Watch a Clip from the Film
Yes, we do understand the military component of the dream act. As students, our stance is to encourage young people to pursue higher education, NOT the military. HOWEVER, we understand that as political strategy, we sometimes have to compromise. We also understand that our communities are already being targeted by the military regardless of legal status. The only difference is that if the dream act passes, those who do wish to pursue military service will at least be recognized by the government and be able to get on a pathway to legalization.

While I absolutely share your concerns about the strategic targeting of certain underrepresented communities by the U.S. military, I hope you can understand that military recruiting is a separate issue. We can be FOR the Dream Act and AGAINST the targeting of minority communities by the military. We also have to acknowledge that yes, even some of our young people will want to have a military career. That is their choice and they should be able to get citizenship if they choose that path.
by Pro Migrante & Student, Anti War & Occupation
Michelle, thank you for your reply.
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