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Stepping Up Against Racial Profiling in AZ

On ABC’s show, What Would You Do?, John Quinones goes undercover to see how people react to a security guard asking Spanish-speaking folks if they have papers at a restaurant.  The program shows everyday people in AZ stepping up against the security guard and speaking out against racial profiling.

Everyday Americans step up against racial profiling in AZ and stand in solidarity with immigrants living in their communities.  As laws continue to criminalize immigrants, everyday people are building communities of resilience to counteract state-sanctioned profiling.  Check out the work of Promise Arizona to see how organizers are leveraging these communities to create long-lasting change.

DREAM Act fails to move forward. What now?

Words from Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director of the Center for Community Change.

On Saturday, December 18th, the U.S. Senate failed to get the 60 votes necessary to move forward on the DREAM Act, a piece of immigration legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented youth in this country. Where do we go from here?

Saturday’s vote may have been a legislative setback but it was not a defeat for our movement.  We won a majority of votes in both the House and the Senate.  But because of a Republican filibuster we needed 60 votes to pass DREAM and we fell short.

We thank those who did the right thing and voted for DREAM.  But for the majority of Republicans and the handful of Democrats who voted against the best and the brightest of the Latino, Asian and immigrant communities, we know who you are, and we will never forget.  Today you told young people who grew up in America, who did nothing wrong and everything right, that their talents and contributions are neither welcome nor respected.

As disappointed as we are in those who slammed the door of opportunity on talented young people who are Americans in all but paperwork, we are buoyed by the nationwide outpouring of support for this cause, the unprecedented mobilization in support of DREAM, and the support from allies from the faith, labor, education, civil rights, military, law enforcement, local elected officials, and business communities.

This mobilization was and is led by the tens of thousands of DREAMers, the brave women and men who organized in their local communities to insist on making their DREAM come true, and by the hundreds who came to Washington DC over the past few months to serve notice that they are going to keep fighting and keep getting stronger until justice is done.  In addition, our campaign generated millions of calls and faxes and thousands of local events in every state.  This builds on the unprecedented mobilization of immigrant voters in the 2010 election, which resulted in anti-immigrant candidates being defeated and the Democrats maintaining control of the Senate.  All of which builds on years of fighting, organizing, mobilizing and educating which is building for our movement political power and policy influence as never before.

Where do we go from here?

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Have you called your Representative yet?

The House of Representatives is set to vote on the DREAM Act tomorrow. Have you called your Representative?

Dial (866) 967-6018

People like Soo Ji Lim are in favor of passing the DREAM Act. Though she will not likely meet the age requirement of the DREAM Act, her younger brother would be eligible. Soo Ji has overcome numerous difficulties in her life, including the loss of both her parents to terminal illnesses, in order to make ends meet and go to college.  Listen to her story here:

Video by NAKASEC

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