For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Samantha Nawrocki 734-585-8411
ONE MICHIGAN HOLDS OBSTACLE COURSE TO REPRESENT THE STRUGGLES OF UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS
DETROIT, 6/16/10- One Michigan, a youth-led state wide organization fighting for the passage of the DREAM Act will hold an obstacle course at Clark Park (1130 Clark St). Students from local elementary schools along with community members will attend the obstacle course. The obstacle course will represent the different struggles of undocumented students. This event is in solidarity with the court date of the undocumented students who were arrested following a sit-in at John McCain’s office. They will be facing criminal charges of trespassing. This event is also in coordination with nationwide actions taking place on this date.
Beginning at the obstacle course, children will receive a balloon that represents the dreams of undocumented students. However, due to the lack of action by congress on the DREAM Act the balloons will be popped at the end to signify their dreams being denied. There will be more obstacles that represent the 65,000 undocumented students that graduate high school every year and struggle to attend institutes of higher education and the military. The DREAM Act will grant youth who came to the United States before the age of 16 a path to citizenship contingent on continuous presence in the country, good behavior, and the attainment of at least a two-year university degree or a two-year commitment to the armed forces.
During the obstacle course event, undocumented students will share their stories and why the DREAM Act is so important to them. Also, there will be parents that will read letters of support for the DREAM Act. In these letters parents will call upon Senator Stabenow to co-sponsor the DREAM Act.
During the past few weeks, students went on a hunger strike, collected supporter cards, wrote letters, and organized call-in days. However, Senator Stabenow has not co-sponsored the DREAM Act. Students hope that with this action Senator Stabenow will stop ignoring them. Students want Senator Stabenow, who represents them and their communities, to stop playing politics with their lives, stand up, and co-sponsor the DREAM Act now!
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