5 Actions for the DREAM Act And Where To Get Your DREAM Act News
This is also a good time to let folks know where they should be getting their immigration news and views. Prerna Lal has always been a leader over at change.org and she's been joined recently by Alex DiBranco, who also does good work.
1. Drop in to visit Congressional members: If you are in the Washington D.C. area or can afford to come to D.C. to lobby Senators, now is the time to do so. There is no risk involved, even if you are undocumented. To date, no Senator or House representative or their various aides on Capitol Hill has ever looked at an undocumented student in the eye and actually said, "I don't think you deserve to live here." Here is a small guide on how to meet with your Senator or Representative.
2. Keep those calls coming - On Thursday, the immigrant youth network alone made close to 10,000 calls. They aimed for 15,000 on Friday. For some offices, pro-DREAM Act calls are finally matching and even beating the anti-immigrant calls against the legislation. Now is not the time to give up. If a third-grader can make calls, so can you. Here is a target list to get you started with instructions for what to say.3. Email, email email - Don't underestimate the power of email petitions. At Change.org, we have stopped several deportations and directed thousands of emails to Congressional members and their aides for immigrant rights.
4. Join the grassroots actions - Immigrant youth are organizing in their own states to show their support for the DREAM Act. It shows solidarity while drawing media attention to the issue. You can see a list of actions here and even hold your own.
5. Fax - After making the calls and driving the emails, how about helping to jam some fax lines for the DREAM Act? Get on it here.
Prerna Lal - Change.org (19 September 2010)
Julianne Hing over at Color Lines, recently, has been better than any mainstream outlet at taking the pulse of the migrant youth movement and explaining the politics of what's happening.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Marisa Treviño over at Latina Lista and Adriana Maestas over at Latino Politics Blog, who have stood with migrant youth. I don't think I've forgotten dreamactivist.org which is founded and run by undocumented youth themselves. That one's so obvious it's almost not even worth mentioning. I'm also very thankful for the support of everyone who published DREAM Now Letters.
I don't always see eye to eye with everyone here. Who and why is not important right now. Still, I would have to be shot in the head before I stop saying that these folks have done a better job telling the national story of the migrant youth movement in the U.S. than anyone out there.
The Student Immigrant Movement taught me the power of each of our personal stories, no matter what your background is, and how together those personal stories can build a public narrative that can split the ocean. The power of the public narrative of the migrant youth movement will be on display for all to see next week as a series of votes necessary to move the DREAM Act come up. That public narrative was incubated by the folks I've mentioned above, and by countless others I have yet to have the privilege to interact with.
I've been blogging up a storm these last few days, because I think it's the best way I can contribute, and I will continue to do so for as long as I can. As much as it pains me to say this and do this, I will be going to Web of Change, next week, where I will likely not be able to blog as much. I know, however, that the narrative is in good hands with the folks I've linked to above.