Citizen Orange: September 2010 Archives

Traveling Today And Tomorrow

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It comes at the worst possible time, I know, but I've been traveling today, and will be traveling tomorrow for Web of Change which Favianna Rodriguez of Presente.org has very graciously helped me get to.  I will also be attending with Juan Rodriguez of the Trail of DREAMs.  I only do so knowing that the movement is in good hands both on the ground and online, and also in hopes of making an impact with some online movers and shakers in this crucial time.  I just took a nap, will be writing and packing through the night, and will attend the vigil in front of Sen. Scott Brown's (R-MA) office for as many hours as I can before my plane leaves.  
Prerna Lal over at change.org has five actions you can take for the DREAM Act:

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)

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.

Ivan Nikolov on the DREAM Act

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You might remember Ivan Nikolov from the letter he wrote for Citizen Orange, and from David Bennion's efforts to get him out of detention.  He has this to say in a video he just made: