Immigrant Youth Launch National “Right to DREAM” Campaign Calling on
Obama to Provide Relief for All DREAMers
At Rallies Across the Country, Thousands of Immigrant Youth and Allies Will Issue Declaration of DREAMS, Urge Obama to End Deportations
**Press Call Thursday, May 17th at 11:00 AM EDT**
**Dial: 1-800-895-0231; Passcode: DREAM**
Washington, DC– In the first three years of the Obama Administration, the immigrant community has experienced more deportations than under President Bush or any other President, causing unspeakable pain for Latino and immigrant families – communities the President is especially interested in appealing to this year.
Despite promises for reform and a moderate deportation policy, the deportations have continued unabated. The President must shift his record and DREAMers around the country will rally this week to call on him to grant them relief. Twenty-two Senators have written a letter to the President asking for relief for DREAM Act eligible youth, legal experts have clarified the President’s authority to take executive action , and this week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) expressed hope that relief is coming soon from the White House. Clearly, the President has the authority to act but the Administration has refused to reverse course.
Immigrant youth and their communities have had enough. On Thursday, May 17th, 2012, the United We Dream Network and their locally-led organizations of immigrant youth will hold rallies, marches, and protests to launch the national “Right to DREAM” campaign to call on the President to use his executive power to stop tearing immigrant families apart and provide real and lasting relief for DREAM Act eligible youth.
Several of tomorrow’s events are set to take place in important Latino battleground states including Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and California. For a full list of events, see below.
On Thursday’s press call, a DREAMer in deportation proceedings alongside national and local DREAM advocates will describe their day of action and issue their “Declaration of Dreams” to call on President Obama to use his power to repair his legacy and make good on his promises to the immigrant community.
See below for a full list of events and for more information on the Right to Dream campaign, visit:
WHAT: “Right to Dream” Campaign Launch
WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 11:00 am EDT
WHO: Gaby Pacheco, END Project Coordinator for the United We Dream Network
Evelyn Rivera, National Coordinating Committee, United We Dream Network and organizer of Orlando, Florida event
Dreamer in Deportation Proceedings
Full list of May 17th events follows below:
Event: Rally Outside of Local Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Office
Where: 2035 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
When: 10:30 am PDT
Contact: Daniel Rodriguez, 623-206-4243, email@example.com
Event: The Right to DREAM in Arkansas
Where: University of Arkansas -Little Rock (2801 S University Ave, Little Rock, AR 72204)
When: 12pm CDT
Contact: Rosa Velasquez, 870-279-1047; firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Press conference, rally, and street theater in Front of U.S. Immigration Court Building
Where: 32 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
When: 10am PDT
Contact: Will Prada, 626-824-7262; email@example.com
Event: OC's Right To Dream - National Day of Action!
Where: South Orange County - Corner of La Zanja and Camino Capistrano
When: 4pm PDT
Contact: Tony Ortuno, (714) 561-8516; firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Right to Dream: with Sin Fronteras Youth
Where: Obama for America downtown Orlando office; 1516 E. Colonial Dr
When: 4pm EDT
Contact: Evelyn Rivera, 407-756-2859; email@example.com
Event: Right to Dream Rally in Miami
Event: May 17th National Day of Action: "Right to Dream" Where: Woodson Park on SW 29th and May in Oklahoma City When: 12pm CDT Contact: Kasey Hughart, 918-671-7508; firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Demand the Right to DREAM hosted by the San Antonio Dream Alliance, Students United for the Dream Act and the University Leadership Initiative
Where: LBJ Lawn, near the LBJ Library at the University of Texas, 2313 Red River St. Austin, TX
When: 3pm CDT
Contact: Ainee Athar, University Leadership Initiative, 832-488-7538 Kimberly Rendon, Students United for the Dream Act, 832-273-9805 Nayeli Gomez, San Antonio Dream Alliance, 210-849-8066
Event: Dreamers' Day of Action: Right 2 EDUCATION
Where: 1027 S 5th ST Milwaukee, WI 53204
When: 4pm CDT
Contact: Lizeth Zorrilla, 414-550-8999; email@example.com