June 26, 2012
REMINDER: DREAM Graduation at Noon Today in Washington, D.C.
National Immigrant Youth Alliance brings undocumented youth from across the country to keep fighting
NATIONAL—Today, the National Immigrant Youth Alliance is gathering in Washington, D.C. for a direct response to the upholding of the racial profiling provision of Arizona’s SB1070. Undocumented youth will hold a graduation ceremony near the Supreme Court, followed by a march near the court complex to stand against attacks on our communities nationwide and to push for a legislative solution from congress. While the deferred action policy may provide many of those in attendance a temporary protection, we have to continue to press Congress and the federal government to affirm human rights and find a permanent solution for the immigrant community.
“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.”
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. Over 500 undocumented youth will be in attendance from over 16 states.
Sponsors of DREAM Graduation include: the American Immigration Lawyers Association, America’s Voice Education Fund, Benach Ragland LLP, CASA de Maryland, Center for New Community, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, National Immigration Forum, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, National Lawyers Guild, Restaurant Opportunities Center-DC, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.
WHAT: DREAM Graduation, a response to SB1070 and support for Congressional action
WHO: National Immigrant Youth Alliance
WHERE: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20003
WHEN: 12 Noon, June 26
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.