With a vote on the DREAM Act expected to come as early as Wednesday, grassroots groups throughout the country are organizing vigils Tuesday night to show their support and solidarity with DREAMers everywhere. Candlelight vigils are being planned in California, Washington, Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Iowa and other states.
In a national press statement, FIRM’s national coordinator Marissa Graciosa said:
“The grassroots immigration movement will do everything possible to show in no uncertain terms the benefits, popularity and moral urgency of the DREAM Act. Already we have helped direct tens of thousands of calls to congressional offices, and will continue to make calls. Tuesday night we will bring people together to congregate with others who are similarly anxious, hopeful and excited about the upcoming vote. We’ve waited for this day for a long time.”
The DREAM Act is a bipartisan bill that would enable undocumented young people who came to the country as children to enlist in the U.S. military or attend college on their way to becoming citizens. The vigils are meant to show the power to call for a successful vote, thank those who are leading on DREAM, and ask those uncommitted to put aside politics, and do what is right for youth and our economy when they vote.
Some of the vigils being planned for Tuesday, December 7, 2010 include (all times are local):
- Chapel Hill, N.C.: Peace and Justice Plaza, 6 p.m. (various organizations)
- Seattle: 5 p.m., Broadway & Pine St. corner at SCCC (OneAmerica)
- Chicago: 12 p.m., Federal Plaza (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights)
- New York: 6 p.m., St. Teresa’s Church, 141 Henry Street (New York Immigration Coalition) Contact: Christina Baal,
- Phoenix: 6:30 p.m., State Capitol Lawn, 1700 W. Washington (Promise Arizona) Contact: Raquel Teran, firstname.lastname@example.org, (602) 326-5854
- Los Angeles: 5 p.m., L.A. Federal Building, 300 North Los Angeles St. (CHIRLA/NAKASEC) Contact: Jorge-Mario Cabrera, email@example.com, (213) 255-5043 or Olivia Park (213) 605-1255
- Wichita, Kan.: 4 p.m., North Senior High School, 1437 N. Rochester (Sunflower Community Action/NPA)
- Marshalltown, Iowa: 6 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, 9 W Linn St. (Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
- Charlotte, N.C.: 5 p.m. Senator Kay Hagan’s office, 1520 South Boulevard, Suite 205 (Latin American Coalition
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
- Portland, Ore.: 5 p.m., Pioneer Square, 701 SW Sixth Avenue (various organizations)
For a full list of events, please visit the Reform Immigration FOR America Facebook page.