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Dear Friends, Many of us will remember the inspiring visit last February of the four Trail of Dreams walkers who came to Atlanta on their way from Florida to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the DREAM Act. Each of them is an undocumented student. Now almost five months later we can help them move this bill from a legislative proposal to a law. The DREAM Act (H.R. 1751, S. 729) would open a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who were brought to this country when they were fifteen years old or younger. This pathway offers a six year conditional status, during which time the young people would have to complete at least two years of college or two years of military service. It’s not a perfect bill – some of us are troubled by the military option – but many undocumented young immigrants support the bill precisely because it provides a college option at a time when xenophobes and nativists are attacking the human right of immigrants and migrants to education. Congress may consider the DREAM Act in the next several weeks before the August recess. For more info about the bill and the campaign, please visit www.nilc.org and www.dreamactivist.org The Georgia Dreamers is a network of young activists who came together around the Trail of Dreams and are calling on all concerned individuals, community and faith groups, and human rights and social justice organizations to join them in urging members of the Georgia congressional delegation to support the DREAM Act. They invite you to take one or more of the following three steps: * Sign the Georgia petition for the DREAM Act at www.gadreamers.org. * Call your Representative and your Senators and urge them to co-sponsor and vote for the DREAM Act. * Ask a group to which you belong to send a collective message of support for the DREAM Act to some or all members of the Georgia congressional delegation. The Georgia Dreamers would be glad to help you do this, for example by meeting with your group and talking about the bill. Please contact Gina at info@glahr.org.

A special effort is now underway to reach Georgia’s two Senators and two of metro Atlanta’s Representatives. Your call or letter will make a difference!

Senator Johnny Isakson: D.C. 202-224-3643; Atlanta 770-661-0999

Senator Saxby Chambliss: D.C. 202-224-3521; Atlanta 770-763-9090

Representative Hank Johnson (District 4): D.C. 202-225-1605; Atlanta 770-939-2016

Representative John Lewis (District 5): D.C. 202-225-3801; Atlanta 404-659-0116

To assist the Georgia Dreamers, who will be visiting the D.C. and local offices of these elected officials, please send a copy of your letter to Gina at info@glahr.org.


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