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Cross-post: DREAM Act Supporters Shut Down L.A. Intersection


Imagine 2050 Staff • May 22, 2010

The are some very cool things are happening in cities around the country, and most of them involve supporters and students of the DREAM Act - a piece of proposed federal legislation that would provide certain undocumented students with the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency.

As Prerna Lal writes at change.org’s immigrant rights blog, on Thursday DREAM Act supporters, in just one of many planned actions, shut down a busy intersection in Los Angeles.

Rumor has it that the Los Angeles Police Department shut down Wilshire Boulevard at Federal building earlier today in order to defuse a bomb.

We’ll take that as a compliment. The rumored jihadis were in reality none other than DREAM Act youth and supporters, conducting another peaceful civil disobedience action in solidarity with the DREAM Act Five: a sit-down at the Federal building to ask Senator Feinstein to get the federal DREAM Act out of the Judiciary Committee and push it as a stand-alone bill.

The DREAM Act would grant a path to citizenship for undocumented youth who arrive in the country as minors and pursue higher education.

Nine young people — all citizens of the United States — were eventually arrested after the peaceful sit-down that lasted two hours and made history: Wilshire has not been shut down in this manner before and it actually trended on Twitter.

“I am upholding the legacy of the civil rights movement when many people were denied their human rights, one being the right to an education. I will ensure the passage of the DREAM Act as a stand alone bill,” said Charlene Gomez, one of the citizen allies who was arrested and later released.

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Prerna Lal obtained her Masters degree in International Relations in 2007. She is co-founder of DreamActivist.org and Managing Editor at The Sanctuary.

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