June 11th, 2013
In conjunction with the New York State Youth Leadership Council, NYU DREAM Team participated in a demonstration outside of Governor Cuomo’s office in Manhattan to protest his inaction in helping to pass the New York State DREAM Act. As the end of the state legislative season approached, this action was meant to urge Governor Cuomo to push the bill into law before the closing of the season.
Our own Marco Galaviz, along with activist Verónica Bayetti Flores, was arrested during the demonstration. Read their stories and motives for putting themselves on the line for this bill here.
May 1st, 2013 – Washington Square Park, Cooper Union, and Union Square
NYU DREAM Team participated in a larger demonstration organized by the NYC Student Bloc. Protesting student debt and larger May Day themes such as labor rights, immigration reform, and educational access, we participated in a speak out in Washington Square Park, where NYU social advocacy groups spoke out about their work and shared information with the NYU community. The action culminated in a display of student solidarity with a march to Cooper Union and a meet up with the city-wide demonstration in Union Square.
February 19th, 2013, 7-8:30PM
Moderated by NYU Social and Cultural Analysis Professor Luisa Heredia, we hosted a panel discussion on the New York DREAM Act and the difficulties faced by undocumented youth in America today. We were fortunate to be joined by guest speakers Melissa Garcia Velez,Dominique Hernandez, and NYU DREAM Team’s own Ivan Rosales, who all bravely shared their stories, experiences, and future prospects, and spoke to the benefits and limitations of recent policy changes such as DACA.
Although Deferred Action forChildhood Arrivals (DACA) was implemented during the past summer (2012), it is not a permanent solution. Undocumented immigrant youth in the United States have limited access to financial aid and face other barriers. We invite you to a panel discussion with undocumented youth as they share their experiences and discuss the New York DREAM Act.
Washington Square News covered this event in an article appearing in print February 20th, 2013.