Out of the Shadows and into the Streets! Benefit Show!

Starting Date: 07-03-2009
Starting Time: 7:00pm
Address

638 6th Street Community Center
Manhattan, New York 10009
United States
631-252-4221
Description
Out of the Shadows and into the Streets!

Benefit Show
Friday, July 3rd 2009
7:00-11:00pm
6th Street Community Center
$5-$20, sliding scale

With the Last Internationale, Born in a Cent, Fesah Rollins, Colt, R-TRONIKA, special guests, and more!

6th Street Community Center is located on 638 East 6th Street, Manhattan NY

Proceeds will go to the Equal Education and Employment Campaign and the creation of scholarships for undocumented students attending college on Long Island. If you cannot attend, but still want to support the scholarship fund, email Charlene at humanrightssbu@aol.com. We need you!

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Background information

65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school each year, but only a small fraction of these students go to college. In addition to the unique obstacles that undocumented youth face (inability to find a living wage job, the constant threat of deportation and raids), the students who graduate high school often find that attending college is impossible. They have no access to financial aid, and are offered few (if any) scholarships.

We will use this scholarship fund for undocumented students who have a commitment to immigrant rights work, and who are passionate about continuing to work with the immigrant community.

Of course, offering scholarships to undocumented students will not fix a broken immigration system. Scholarships are just a band-aid over a wound that will not heal until real immigration reform passes through Capitol Hill. Scholarships do not offer undocumented students who have already graduated from college a path towards legal residency, which is necessary in order to work legally in the United States.

Therefore, we are pushing for the DREAM Act to pass through Congress. The DREAM Act would grant a student up to six years to either complete two years of college or complete two years in the military, and upon completion of either, would guarantee citizenship. The DREAM will also encourage undocumented high school students to continue their education, because if they do, they will be granted the citizenship that they--and all undocumented immigrants--deserve.
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