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3/30: Student Walkouts - The Next Step
Released 31 March 2006  By National Immigration Law Center

Student Walkouts - The Next Step
March 30, 2006
National Immigration Law Center

Young people throughout the country have taken a stand on the dignity of immigrant and Latino communities. For a few years, students have been working on the "DREAM Act" and better education. In the last few days, thousands of students have held walkouts in cities all over the country to send the strong message that immigrants are part of the nation and that America is stronger when we come together as one community.

The message is being heard! Student voices have joined community demonstrations held all over, which adds up to more than one million people speaking up. We must continue to exercise leadership - not only on the streets, but in the halls of Congress; not only today, but for the long term.

The energy and commitment demonstrated by young activists all over the country is inspiring - and that energy is needed to continue making progress. The walkouts have caught the attention of the public and of members of Congress. Now we must build on that attention and turn it into action to build long-term leadership and community strength.

Do not not allow the positive force of the student walkouts to be turned into a negative by our opponents or the media - instead of escalating the battle with school administrators and city officials, let's use that strength to keep the momentum going to win rights for our immigrant brothers and sisters. The other side is inundating Congress with anti-immigrant calls - let's take the power in the streets and turn it into action, like thousands of calls to Congress for immigrant rights and a stronger America.

YOU'VE ALREADY WALKED OUT. NOW LET'S TAKE THE NEXT STEP AND MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD EVERYWHERE!
FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW:
1) Organize after-school community vigils to support comprehensive immigration reform.

2) Check out this list of planned activities asking for comprehensive immigration reform, and join other local community activists in their efforts.

http://www.cirnow.org/content/events_main.htm

3) Talk to your school's administrators and ask them to help make sure that all eligible students in your school get registered to vote

4) Contact Congress and the White House!
Call these members and ask them to support comprehensive immigration reform:
Senator Bill Frist (202) 224-3344
Senator Arlen Specter (202) 224-4254
Senator Jon Kyl (202) 224-4521
Senator Sam Brownback (202) 224-6521
Senator John Cornyn (202) 224-2934
Representative Dennis Hastert (202) 225-2976
Representative John Boehner (202) 225-6205

Send a text message to the White House and tell President Bush to support comprehensive immigration reform: president@whitehouse.gov.

MESSAGE FOR CALLS AND TEXT MESSAGE:
"We R America. We R the Future. Support Comp Imm Reform!"

5) Volunteer at a local organization to:
- Help immigrants become citizens
- Register people in your community to vote


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