Events - June 3 - Undocumented Youth Keynote Address at CFP 2009
__________________Founder, Managing Attorney at Lal Legal
J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2013
10:15 - 10:45 Keynote: Join the Impact and the DREAM Activists: perspectives from the next generation
After the defeat of the DREAM Act in 2007, several undocumented students from around the country decided to come together and launch a real grassroots efforts for the DREAM Act that included both online and offline networking. In December 2008, DREAMActivist.org was appointed as the national communication center for the United We DREAM coalition of over 40 different organizations (both beltway, educators, and student groups) dedicated to the passage of the DREAM Act.
Join the Impact began in early November 2008 with two friends emailing back and forth about the California passage of Proposition 8. What grew out of this was a spirit of netroots activism that led to the 300 city international protests of Proposition 8 on November 15th, 2008. Since then, JTI has evolved into an organization that has called for specific actions every month from city leaders and organizers around the globe.
Both of these movements are founded by younger activists who have grown up with blogs, MySpace, Facebook, wikis, Twitter, and other social media technologies. What can the CFP community learn from their pespectives and experiences?
Willow Witte, co-founder, Join the Impact
Mohammed Abdol, administrator, DREAMActivist.org