Tell Congress: “Stand With The DREAMers”
By . Dan O’Neal and Mike Hersh for Donna, Judy, Janis, Mike F., Dr. Bill, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Amos—Your PDA National Team
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and the DREAMers need your help now. Young people brought to the U.S.A. as children are facing arrest and deportation despite their perfectly clean records and the other high standards they’ve met to qualify for DREAMer status. Our own organizer from Arizona, Belén Sisa, is one such exemplary young DREAMER.
Belén traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to plead her case to Congress, and she was arrested while demanding that they do their job and pass the bipartisan DREAM Act. Please contact Congress now and then call the Congressional Switchboard 202-224-3121 to leave a message for your elected officials demanding they honor our promise to the DREAMers.
Belén Sisa Getting Arrested In Congress
Before her arrest at the Capitol last week, Belén prepared this statement:
Dear Friends and Movement Family,
If you are reading this, I have been arrested and am in jail for standing up to Congress and the Trump administration in Washington, D.C. demanding that they pass a Clean #DreamActNow before the end of this year.
I participated in this action because my heart led me to commit myself to put everything on the line for something much bigger than myself. Two months ago the Trump administration took away DACA, something we knew would happen, but it opened many old wounds.
I could not help but think back to every struggle my family endured for us and for me to be who I am. We cannot and will not go back. As immigrant youth we know the power we hold and we will no longer settle for anything less than permanent protection, respect and dignity, for ourselves, our parents and our communities.
I am willing to put my livelihood and ability to stay in this country at risk, because as a person with DACA it was crucial for me to speak out for justice for all undocumented people. Because I am tired of being used as your political pawn for a white supremacist agenda, and I demand to be seen for my humanity not just what I have to offer you.
I did this for every undocumented person who feels voiceless, for every family that is scared for their children who had DACA, for those who’s future is in the midst of uncertainty counting down to March 5th when work permits will begin to expire and need action. I am doing this because we need change in our immigration system and we will no longer be ignored. We are not victims, we are warriors.
Now more than ever I need you to be in this fight with me. Call your Senators, call your Representatives, and demand a Clean #DreamActNow! Do it for the thousands of undocumented youth who don’t know what is going to happen to them in the next few months.
Send me your love and your rage.
Are you inspired by Belén’s example? By her courage and clarity and commitment to her cause? Are you ready to contact Congress now? Send them emails and then call the Congressional Switchboard 202-224-3121 to tell your elected officials to pass a Clean DREAM Act.
Please help us make a difference. Thank you so much for anything you can do.
For Equality and Respect for Human Dignity,
Dan O’Neal and Mike Hersh for Donna, Judy, Janis, Mike F., Dr. Bill, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Amos—Your PDA National Team
P.S. We hope you’ll contact Congress, call the Congressional Switchboard 202-224-3121 to leave a message for your elected officials, and then step up to do even more. Click here to email Mike Fox if you can make quick, easy organizing calls from your own home on this and other issues and actions. No time to make calls? Please pitch in now to help PDA keep organizing against Trump and the GOP. Please do all you can to help!