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DREAM Act National Graduation today in DC at Union Station

June 23, 2009

For Immediate Release

Marisol Ramos (New York) 917-443-7013
Kiran Savage Sagwan (DC) 530-574-2551
Daniela Alulema (DC/NY) 646-472-9565


New York, NY – On Tuesday, June 23rd, youth from around the country will organize in Washington D.C. in support of the DREAM Act – an immigration bill that would create a path to citizenship for undocumented young people. Each year, more than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school, but because they lack immigration status, these students face uncertain futures.

The New York State Youth Leadership Council is a youth organization along with other allies working to pass the DREAM Act. On June 23rd, in partnership with the United We Dream Coalition, a national volunteer- led network of undocumented youth and their allies, we are organizing a National DREAM Graduation Ceremony in Washington D.C. We are anticipating close to 500 students/youth and educators from all over the country to participate in this event, which will include a Dream Act graduation and an afternoon of advocacy. Speakers from the College Board and Microsoft will be present to offer their support for this legislation

What: National Dream Act Graduation Day of Advocacy

Where: Buses will depart from Bryant Park(40th and Broadway) in NYC at 7am and arrive in Washington DC. The graduation will be held at Lousiana Avenue and D Street at the Union Station Plaza, Washington DC

Who:.The NYSYLC, in partnership with YKASEC, Make the Road NY, PSC CUNY, Eye Openers/Project Hospitality, Cabrini Immigrant Services and Jornada Movement will be mobilizing 215 students, youth and their families to Washington, DC

For more information, please visit, call 212-627-2227 ext 248 or email


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