Albuquerque, N.M. — Yesterday, 200 immigrant youth and allies wrapped up four days of learning, community building and organizing against anti-immigrant attacks. The powerful summit included folks from across the country, including Texas, California, Idaho, Kansas, Arizona, Colorado and 10 additional states.
On the agenda for the first ever ‘UndocuSummit’ in Albuquerque, New Mexico, included an array of activities and workshops on coalition and campaign building, harnessing local power, inoculating against disinformation, practicing spiritual resilience and more.
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Claudia Quinonez and Cynthia Garcia, Co-Organizing Directors of United We Dream said:
“Our first ever UndocuSummit brought together over 200 fired-up immigrant youth and allies from 16 states. This was a chance for young people to be in community, strategize, learn new skills, and practice spiritual resilience as we also celebrated 15 years as an organization. We understand the power of community in this moment, after Judge Hanen ruled against DACA and Texas and Florida continue to be hubs of attacks on immigrants, queer people, education equity and more. As we look to the fights ahead, this weekend allowed us to inspire and reenergize young people to continue organizing and win locally. Together, we’ll continue to fight to protect freedoms for young people and immigrants and create the future we all need to thrive.”
Jocelyn Lopez-Arias, Member of United We Dream from Washington, D.C. said:
“I was incredibly excited to attend this year’s UndocuSummit as a co-founder and vice president of Latinos en Accion, a rapidly growing chapter of United We Dream at American University. Before creating our chapter, I felt powerless as a child of an undocumented single mother, but being part of this work has allowed me to get connected with a courageous community that has empowered me to take action. I’m able to walk away from this weekend with renewed leadership and organizing skills that I hope to apply back in my local community. I’m eager to help improve and gain power for my community.”