North Carolina Youth Hold Vigil Outside Courthouse to Demand DREAM Act Now
All photos courtesy of El Pueblo
By Stephanie Presch, Content Specialist, UnidosUS
Last week, youth in Raleigh, North Carolina organized a rally outside of a courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina to protest the lack of progress there has been on relief for the nearly 800,000 DREAMers who came to the United States when they were children.
“They made a casket with the word Dreams written on it, and at the end of the vigil, we opened the casket and white balloons were released symbolizing that we will not allow our dreams to die,” recalled Miguel Figueras, Youth Program Coordinator at El Pueblo, Inc., an UnidosUS Affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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We work with schools across the country to help teachers and administrators register eligible youth to vote.
By: Janet Hernandez, Senior Project Manager, Civic Engagement, UnidosUS
The energy was high in Mr. Hernandez’s civics and government class at Houston Gateway Academy as the teacher begin to lead his students in a new lesson from the UnidosUS High School Democracy Project. On this day, the class focused on the requirements for and the importance of voting in local, state, and national elections.
The High School Democracy Project works with schools across the country to help prepare teachers and administrators to register eligible youth to vote. UnidosUS believes it is vital to make voter education, awareness, and registration an integral part of every high school senior’s experience.