On March 12, 2011, constituents of the National Hispanic Media Coalition and a host of other organizations, as well as other interested community members, will march in Los Angeles to launch an effort in support of the California Dream Act. This march will be promoted heavily through twitter with the purpose of drawing attention to the dire situation of many undocumented students in California and throughout the country. The march will be called the “California Dream Tweet.”
Michelle Phillips, formerly of the popular music group, The Mamas And The Papas, will be in attendance and her hit song, “California Dreamin’” was recently chosen as the anthem of the march. Other notable supporters and attendees will include California Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, actor Ricardo Dalmacci, and chef Lauren Von Der Pool.
The “California Dream Tweet” is an effort to get the California Dream Act passed by transforming the perception of the bill as a niche piece of legislation into a mainstream initiative. The California Dream Act and Dream Tweet represents the consensus of forward-thinking Americans and challenges Californians to take a moral stand against mistreatment of students who, through no fault of their own, have been brought to the United States and desire to contribute to the society they love by continuing the American dream.
Although the California Dream Act would not provide a path to citizenship as would recent incarnations of a national DREAM Act, it would allow undocumented students to access the same financial aid opportunities as every other student. Those eligible would be able to receive student loans to be used for both community colleges and four-year universities at a low interest rate.
NHMC has long supported the national DREAM Act, and other legislation throughout the country, that would deal fairly and compassionately with the plight of undocumented students as they attempt to attain their educational goals and contribute to our country.
To participate in the march, please assemble at Father Serra Park (located downtown at 125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012 -a part of Olvera Street) on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 1:30 PM.