June 29, 2012
West Coast DREAM Graduation Ceremony in San Francisco Tomorrow at Noon
Angela Davis to give keynote speech
NATIONAL—Undocumented youth will be holding a DREAM Graduation ceremony in San Francisco Civic Center Plaza tomorrow at 12PM. The celebration is an affirmation of immigrant youth, along with their struggles and activism. The event is the complement to the event held in Washington D.C. on Tuesday this week and is the first West Coast graduation of its kind. Legendary activist Angela Davis will give the keynote speech for the event.
“We need to stand up for our human rights,” said Mohammad Abdollahi, a member of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance and the founder of DreamActivist.org. “Congress needs to act now before other states worsen their attacks on our communities nationwide.”
The East Coast event was a response to the upholding of racial profiling provisions of SB1070 and a returned call to action for a federal solution for immigrant rights. DreamActivist.org is a plaintiff in HICA v. Bentley, the case against Alabama’s HB56 law, largely modeled on SB1070. Today’s decision will have an impact on Alabama’s law. NIYA and DreamActivist.org will continue to defend immigrant communities nationwide against prejudice and zealous law enforcement. We will continue to fight for our human rights. The East Coast event was the largest in history, with over 500 undocumented youth from 17 states participating.
WHAT: DREAM Graduation
WHO: Undocumented Youth, Angela Davis
WHERE: San Francisco Civic Center Plaza (355 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102)
WHEN: 12 Noon
VISUALS: Caps, gowns, marching, signs, “undocumented and unafraid”
The National Immigrant Youth Alliance is an undocumented youth-led network committed to achieving equality for all undocumented youth. We have member organizations in Alabama, California, Colorado, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington and have relationships with activists throughout the entire country. We are the only independent national organization of undocumented youth. Through advocacy, grassroots organizing, direct action and civil disobedience, we will develop a sustainable movement or justice and equality led by those most affected and supported by committed, conscientious allies.