Give To Student Immigrant Movement and Help Multiply Change

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ACTION: Donate to the Student Immigrant Movement

I just received an email from the Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) and I wanted to share it with people and encourage them to donate. Before I share the email, though, I just wanted to provide some context.

If you're reading this and you haven't heard my story, yet, I recently updated it, here. The short of it is that I got connected to the pro-migrant movement by blogging but it was actually the Student Immigrant Movement that taught me how to make real change. Carlos Saavedra, who is now with the National Coordinator of the United We Dream Network, was the one who taught me how to organize.
It was actually a series of guided conversations with Carlos that led to an organizing plan which would eventually lead to the President of Harvard to come out in support of the DREAM Act. Harvard's leadership, in turn would lead to 8 of Massachusetts leading universities to come out in support of the DREAM Act.

Those victories aren't mine and SIM's alone, of course, but I'd take on anyone who denies that SIM didn't start the pebble rolling that would eventually snowball. The lessons I learned from SIM and Carlos are many, but an important one is certainly the best way to make change isn't to put in more hours yourself, but to find ways to get others to put in the hours alongside of you. I could kill myself finding ways to support myself to do 80 hours a week of pro-migrant work (God knows this is a reoccuring mistake of mine) or I could focus a good portion of my energy getting others to do the hours alongside of me. There's only so much change I can make, but when others start working alongside of me, the possibilities are endless.

SIM is a factory for making leaders like me, and most importantly leaders of among those that are affected. I'm sure that a lot of people are familiar with the amazing work that national organizations like United We Dream and the National Immigrant Youth Alliance do around the country, but it is the local migrant youth groups that continue to be the engines of change that drive this movement. They are leadership factories and if you have any spare dollars they are more then well spent on an organization like SIM. Here's the email I got from them:

Alan was barely 5 years old when he came to the United States to reunite with his mother. His mother, a survivor of domestic violence, made the courageous decision to move to the United States for a new opportunity for her and Alan. Alan grew up in Boston and attended k-12 like any other American child- taking notes diligently in class and playing with fellow classmates during recess. However, Alan graduated this year from high school with the hopes of studying pyschology in one of the top umiversities he was accepted into. However, without financial aid the cost is unrealistic for his family and community college is three times more for undocumented students.

Just a little under a month ago Alan and other students stood up to testify in front of the joint higher education committee on behalf of the instate tuition bill. The In State tuition bill would allow for undocumented students who have graduated from a Massachusetts high school to pay instate rates at public universities and community colleges. Alan boldly stated: "I have been here for 13 years, and I consider myself an American. I got into my number one school [University of Notre Dame] and I can't attend."

Alan's transformation to being a leader in the community was possible through his involvement with SIM. Now Alan with will be uniting with other students from across the state of Massachusetts for leadership development and to create our goals for the upcoming year. In this congress, we will train our future leaders on how to apply to colleges that are immigrant friendly, how to stop students from being deported, and running campaigns that can change the system. Not only that, but we will let them know what their rights as Americans are in the country.

We depend on people like you to make the dreams of hard-working, dedicated and intellectual students not give up hope and keep on fighting for their rights to equal access to education. We are asking for a meaningful donation from you to ensure students like Alan are able to attend the congress. Please click here to donate.

Our students want to make a change and contribute to the country they call their home. Let's help make that dream come true.

Thank you,

Student Immigrant Movement

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