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Beyond “the Shadows”: Unpacking the Undocumented American Experience

Monday, October 28 @ 3:30PM-5:30PM

At the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

8 Washington Mews 10002

Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

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The DREAM Team at NYU is happy to announce the first event of the Fall 2013 semester. In conjunction with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, we will be hosting a panel of diverse undocumented leaders for a conversation about their experiences and activism. This is an opportunity to engage more members of the NYU community in the important conversations about immigration reform and undocumented immigrant rights that are happening at present at local, state, and national scales, and also to gain allies and supporters for the work that that the DREAM Team at NYU is currently undertaking. Event details are listed below.

From the 2010 push for the DREAM Act to current mobilization for fair and family-oriented reform in the context of federal comprehensive immigration reform, the 11 million-strong undocumented community has been at the forefront of the nation’s immigration conversation — demanding rights, respect, and a viable path to US citizenship or permanent residency for undocumented immigrants.

Beyond “the Shadows” brings together New York City-based activists and undocumented leaders Cesar VargasRazeen ZamanIvan Rosales, and Hong Mei Pang to discuss their personal experiences, activism at both the state and national level, and visions for this multiethnic and multigenerational movement’s future. A series of individual presentations will be followed by a panel conversation moderated by Luisa Heredia (Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University).

Illegal GraduatesCesar Vargas is the Executive Political Director at DRM Action Coalition, and a nationally recognized leader and innovator at the forefront of the DREAM Act movement. Cesar is a graduate with honors from the philosophy program at St. Francis College and a recent magna cum laude law school graduate. From Brooklyn to Washington, D.C. he has been actively involved in the fight for the DREAM Act, as one of the leading advocates during the 2010 lame duck session to push for the DREAM Act, and the original drafter and advocate for the 2012 New York State Dream Act.

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Razeen Zaman graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a focus in post-colonial studies. She is the Campaign Organizer for the New York State Youth Leadership Council, the first undocumented youth-led nonprofit organization in New York State. Razeen coordinates the New York DREAM Act campaign efforts for the organization while also supervising the Education Not Deportation campaign. She is currently a law student.

HMP (cropped)Hong Mei Pang is an organizer for Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast (RAISE), the first Pan-Asian undocumented-led youth group on the East Coast. With the support of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), Hong Mei works with other undocumented youth to interject personal narratives into legislative and grassroots platforms to advocate for humane immigration reform, and foreground the experiences of undocumented Asian American youth within the immigrant rights movement through education and activism. She received her B.A. in Urban Studies at the Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts.

Rosales

Ivan Rosales is an undocumented graduate student at the NYU Center for Bioethics. He was born in Mexico and grew up in Southern California. A member of the DREAM Team @ NYU, he is passionate about immigrant rights and issues of health care access.

Heredia

Luisa Heredia is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Latino Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. After earning her Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology and Labor Studies at the University of California Riverside. Her manuscript-in-progress assesses the Catholic Church’s immigrant rights activities over three decades and its repercussions on Latino’s political voice and membership. Her research and teaching interests include Latino studies, racial and ethnic politics, social movements, immigration, and religion.

Many thanks to the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU for their support in making this event possible. 

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Undocumented Ally Workshop

Friday, November 1, 2-4PM

At the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

8 Washington Mews 10002

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Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The movement for undocumented immigrants’ rights has been overseen by the incredible leadership of undocumented youth activists across the country. Given that this is a movement “by the people, for the people,” how can documented individuals navigate our roles as allies and help to fight for the rights of our undocumented friends and families?
This workshop, led by Razeen Zaman and Dominique Hernandez-Briones–members of the New York State Youth Leadership Council, the state’s only undocumented-led youth activism organization–will lead an intimate and interactive workshop exploring questions of privilege, coalition-building, and allyship with the aim of fostering on-campus activism at New York University. As members of a campus community with an overwhelming majority of documented students, it is important to foster allyship to join the struggle to make NYU more accessible to undocumented students and continue to grow the population of undocumented students on campus.

 

This event is invitation only. If you are an NYU student interested in attending, please contact Mark Putterman at mip233@nyu.edu.

 

Razeen Zaman graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a focus in post-colonial studies. She is the Campaign Organizer for the New York State Youth Leadership Council, the first undocumented youth-led nonprofit organization in New York State. Razeen coordinates the New York DREAM Act campaign efforts for the organization while also supervising the Education Not Deportation campaign. She is currently a law student.

 

Dominique Hernandez-Briones was born and raised in Ecuador. She moved to New York in 2004, where she graduated from high school. She is currently a student at Queens College and she is pursuing a BA in Psychology and a BFA in Art Studio. Her early organizing experience began as an intern with NYPIRG and a member of the QC Dream Team. As an NYSYLC member, Dominique wants to use her organizing skills to spread knowledge to immigrant youth about opportunities that would help them achieve their goals. She believes that life experiences make up an individual’s identity, rather than their immigration status.
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