PRESS RELEASE: Thursday, February 15, 2018
CONTACT:  Lucia Allain: 646-488-5919, Lucyallain@gmail.com
                  Eli Gips: 510-679-9556, SeedProject2018@gmail.com

 

 

Immigrant Youth Launch Walk to Stay Home from New York to D.C.


11 Undocumented Youth and Allies Demand the Right to Stay Home through a Clean Dream Act

 

NEW YORK, NY -- On Thursday, February 15th 11 undocumented youth and allies began The Walk to Stay Home, a 15-day walk from New York City’s Battery Park to Washington D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. The 250-mile journey has been organized by the Seed Project with the support of the #OurDream Campaign to draw attention to the need for a clean Dream Act that not only grants permanent protection for undocumented youth but does not harm 11 million undocumented people living and working in the United States.

 

“Everyday I wake up to read the latest news reports. Reading quotes from politicians, both attacks and promises about my existence,” said Hector Jairo Martinez, a New York DACA recipient from Brooklyn. “It is time for us, undocumented youth, to once again step out of the shadows and make a simple demand, let us stay home.”    

 

When the House passed the Jan 19th spending bill without promised Dream Act legislation, House Democrats once again failed to give their support to undocumented youth. The Walk to Stay Home is undocumented youths’ response to politicians who use “Dreamers” as talking points on the campaign trail, but back down when it is time to demonstrate real support.

 

The Walk to Stay Home: a Journey of Hope, is drawing attention to the undocumented struggle in the key weeks leading up the March 5th deadline, when the Trump administration has decided DACA will end. The deadline for DACA protections to end gets closer every day and Democrats show no sign of using their power to protect the undocumented youth, while Republicans draft legislation that will drive the immigrant community deeper into the shadows.

 

“What concerns me most is whether or not this will touch the hearts of those who haven't decided that undocumented youth need a clean Dream Act, because that is what we need -- permanent protection,” said Miriam Nunez, who came to the United States with her parents when she was six months old.

 

DACA recipients have the vast majority of public support for ongoing protections in the United States. This makes them popular tokens for politicians who want to demonstrate their progressivism while criminalizing the rest of the undocumented community. The walkers’ sacrifice to stand for their right to stay home underscores their dedication to loved ones who have not been offered the same protections under DACA.

 

“I have thought about the impact the walk will have on those who love and cherish me most, because I know that this will be a collective walk, not only with my fellow walkers, but also with the families and friends we leave behind while we embark on this journey,” said Nunez.

 

Along the 250 mile journey the Walkers will be stopping to meet with community members at community forums, community gatherings, marches, and rallies. The Walkers will be making a call to action for undocumented youth, the immigrant community, and allies to host speak outs, vigils, rallies, and marches in their hometowns. All along the way the walkers will asking people from around the country to join them in Washington DC to make a final push to pass a clean Dream Act to grant undocumented youth permanent protection.

 

Read Walkers’ bios here: https://www.theseedproject.us/bios

 

Link to Walk Route here: A Walk to Stay Home - Walk Stops

 

Photos & Videos of the action will be uploaded to this folder as they become available: Walk to Stay Home Launch - Photos & Videos

 

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The Seed Project is a campaign of Movimiento Cosecha, a nonviolent movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity and respect for all undocumented immigrants in the country.

The #OurDream campaign is a coalition effort led by undocumented youth that includes: The Seed Project, Our Revolution, Youth Caucus of America, Democracy Spring, Progressive Democrats of America, Justice Democrats, Presente.org, Good Jobs Nation, Millennials for Revolution, Undocumented, Students for Education Equity, Democratic Socialist of America (NYC), The People's Consortium for Economic and Human Rights, Inc., Working Families Party, People for Bernie, Women's March, Common, Defense PAC/Vets Against Hate, Action Group Network, Million Hoodies


 


Media alert: February 8, 2018
LUCIA ALLAIN, 646-488-5919, Seedproject2018@gmail.com

 
 

Immigrant Youth Fed Up With Congressional Excuses

11 Dreamers and Allies will be walking from NYC to D.C. to Demand a Clean Dream Act


NEW YORK, NY  -- With the vote count on the Spending bill we have seen once again the lack of courage from Democratic Party members. House Democratic members had the power and leverage to stand up to the hateful anti-immigrant Republican Party leadership to force the Dream Act to be included in the spending bill but decided against standing up for undocumented youth.  The Seed Project, along with allies, will be embarking on a walk of hope. The Walk to Stay Home will be starting on February 15, consisting of 11 full time walkers and 15 support members who will be walking from New York City to Washington D.C, where they will be organizing a mass protest when walkers arrive at The Capitol. The Walkers will show members of congress they are not alone and will not accept excuses while being used for achieving higher approval ratings and winning elections. The Walkers demand a clean Dream Act that would grant permanent protection and they demand it now.

WHEN: February 15, 2018 at 11:00am

WHO: 11 Dreamers and Allies walking from Battery Park to The Washington D.C Capitol

WHAT: Kick Off For The Walk to Stay Home-Call on Congress to Pass a Clean Dream Act

WHERE: Battery Park, New York City, NY (WWII MEMORIAL)

“Democrats run their campaigns by promising pro-immigrant legislation but never provide results to help the immigrant community. Republicans are winning elections by alienating the 11 million immigrants who want to belong and be respected” Said Cata Santiago, a DACA Recipient from Florida. “Over the past few months, the attention has shifted from Dreamers, to the members of congress who use us to advance their own political agenda. It is a shame that although 90% of Americans support a Dream Act, Congress has been holding us for ransom.”

“Enough is enough, we have waited patiently for change. We have heard false promises from Democrats in congress one to many times. We seen how President Trump attacks and bullies the immigrant community, with vocal support from Congressional Republicans pushing him on,” said Haydi Torres, an undocumented youth from Virginia. “The time for sitting with our hands crossed is over. As Albert Einstein said, The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

The Seed Project and the walkers are calling on all dreamers and allies to meet them on March 1st for a mass protest at The Capitol, calling on congress to pass a clean dream act. The vast majority of the American public support permanent protection for undocumented youth. The Seed Project believes the public is on the right side of history and as their co-workers, classmates, friends, and neighbors, ask them to join them on the streets to make the demand loud and clear, we need a clean Dream Act that will grant permanent protection for undocumented youth.

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The Seed Project is a campaign of Movimiento Cosecha, a nonviolent movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity and respect for all undocumented immigrants in the country.