In order for this post and semi-rant post to make sense, please watch this clip from Democracy Now, in which the documentary, “Yo Soy El Army: America’s New Military Caste,” a film about the military targeting Latinos, is discussed. You can watch the first part of the clip by clicking here. After you watch the first part, play the video at the top and skip to 3:55 in which the discussion shifts to the DREAM Act being a back door military draft.
Do you think there is a chance at getting the Dream Act passed this year?
~ Dolores Huerta “I think we have a really good chance; but again, we have to do our
work. The young kids organizing around the country are doing a …fantastic job at exactly what I’m talking about.” Question taken from Latina Mag interview with Dolores.
Is the DREAM Act really a back door draft ? Click here to find out what it is. Is it another tool the military is using to target immigrants in the Latino community to join up, be shipped out to war, only to die in the front lines ? Maybe or maybe not. But that’s one of the many questions Dream Team L.A. and The Orange County Dream Team, as part of the the Dream is coming campaign, are going to answer this Thursday evening. Over the last couple of months, within the immigrants rights movements, there has been an internal divide between orgs, groups and individuals pushing for immigration reform this year and passing the DREAM Act as a stand alone bill.
This has lead to DREAM Act orgs, groups and individuals being accused of being selfish because we aren’t thinking about our parents. That we are diving up the movement and only causing more problems. That we don’t know what we are doing and only making things worse and that if we do manage to pass the DREAM Act, that it won’t be without a heavy price. Meaning that it would come with attachments like E-verify, more border enforcement, more 287 G programs and SB 1070-like bills.
I encourage everyone who has any questions, doubts or wants to find out more about the DREAM Act movement to attend this town hall. Undocumented students have been at the fore front of the DREAM movement these last several months. Doing civil disobedience in Arizona, New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and all over the U.S. If we didn’t believe in the work we are doing, why would sisters and brothers in the movement get themselves arrested knowing that they face deportation ?
We do this work because given the current political climate, immigration reform has no chance of passing without being weighted down by grim enforcement policies that would make it a joke and cause severe problems. By passing the DREAM Act first, we are placing a down payment on immigration reform when it is ready to be discussed again after elections.
DREAM Act orgs, groups and individuals do this on a strictly grass-roots basis. We get no funding from any one group, org, grant or anything else of that nature. We all do this work of our own accord, while holding down regular jobs, going to school and having regular lives. We don’t make a living organizing like all the major immigrants rights orgs, who do great work, but lose who they are when it comes to money problems.
We still have an opportunity to pass the DREAM Act this year, but we need everyone’s help. How can we move forward when the people within our own movement are the ones holding us down ?
Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 7:00PM at the United Methodist Church (Echo Park) located at 1226 N. Alvarado St. Los Angeles, CA 90026 (between Sunset and Reservoir St.)