Washington, D.C. — Today, United We Dream, the nation’s largest network led by undocumented immigrant youth, received a major investment of ten million dollars from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott to support the vision of growing the organizing power of multiracial movement led by young people.
This investment comes at a time of impending threats for undocumented immigrants and the nation. On the heels of an election where young people of color were a critical engine of resistance, immigrant youth could soon face a conservative Supreme Court considering an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) and a hostile House of Representatives co-opted by white nationalists who have made targeting immigrants a central tenet of their agenda.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, Executive Director of United We Dream, said:
“At United We Dream over a million young people and members are innovating and organizing as our full authentic selves in order to win big for our communities. Students from middle school to college, young workers and parents organize with joy and with a determination that only those at the front line of attacks can deliver. This magic is thanks to the fearless organizers who came before us and who gave us the rallying cry ‘Undocumented and Unafraid, Queer and Unashamed!”
This exciting investment from Mackenzie Scott is part of our vision of ensuring future generations of young people have an organizing home and kicks off a fundraising campaign for United We Dream’s Organizing for our Futures Fund. The fund will focus on investing in leadership development, power building and innovation. Now is the time to invest in a youth-led multiracial organizing future.
Wealth is political and this is a moment of choice. Our country is at a crossroads and United We Dream is ready to organize and lead. We call on donors of any scale to challenge white supremacy and match this investment in youth organizing, because we know that when we organize to defend ourselves we expand the freedoms of all people.”