This Weekend: June 10 – 12 Nation’s Largest Gathering of Undocumented Youth Leaders


1,000 From 33 States Travel to Houston, TX to Announce Strategy for the Future, Celebrate the 4 Year Birthday of DACA, Prepare for Historic Supreme Court Decision, Learn and Rally to End Deportations

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Sheridan Aguirre | 817.946.0493 | sheridan@unitedwedream.org

Houston, TX – One thousand will assemble in Houston, TX for the largest gathering of undocumented immigrant youth leaders ever held – the United We Dream Network’s National Congress.

As the Supreme Court considers whether millions will be protected from deportation and as politicians increase their demagoguery of immigrants, the young leaders who courageously came out of the shadows and defied the odds to revolutionize politics will establish a plan of action to respond to the court’s announcement and to defeat the hate in this year’s politics as well as chart a course to win future victories.

United We Dream members will also celebrate the 4th birthday of their victory – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) which is now protecting well over 700,000 from deportation. They will be joined by Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos as well as leaders from a cross-section of social movements to discuss plans to further revolutionize politics and build power.

The biennial Congress is a sign that the immigrant youth movement is thriving with hundreds of attendees under the age of 20 as well as parents and older individuals and even undocumented youth from other countries in attendance.

Additionally, the leaders will take action to end deportations and criminalization with a march and rally to demand that Harris County – responsible for more deportations than any other – stop collaborating with federal immigration agents. Leaders will also attend a wide variety of workshops on activism, life, career and education.

What:  United We Dream Network National Congress

Who: 1,000 Undocumented Immigrant Youth Leaders from Across the Country and Around the World

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center – Houston, TX

When: Friday, June 10 – Sunday, June 12, 2016

How to attend or request interviews and information: A limited number of media credentials are available for conference sessions and an open press march and rally will take place with details to be announced this week. Video, photos and remote interview opportunities also available.

Note, for security purposes, all media and attendees must be approved by designated staff at United We Dream.

To request more information or media credentials, contact: Sheridan Aguirre (sheridan@unitedwedream,org, 817.946.0493) or Adam Luna (adam@unitedwedream.org, 202.486.3020).

 

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 local groups in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants. You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org