Demanding Dignity By Speaking Truth to Power: How United We Dream Network Accelerated the Immigrant Youth Movement
A case study by Learning for Action
Article by Mike Scutari at Inside Philanthropy
Undocumented people fill out application forms for the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 at Navy Pier in Chicago. (Sitthixay Ditthavong/AP Photo)
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Diana Martinez, 18, an undocumented student, was involved with the movement to try to get the Dream Act passed by August 4th, 2010, the day Congress went out of session. Diana was arrested with 19 other undocumented youth refusing to leave their sit-in in the Hart Senate Office building. Photographed on July 20, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Mark Abramson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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(Refugee Week UK, Bill Night)
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Cristina Jimenez, Co-Founder and Managing Director of United We Dream Network, pumps up a group of over 500 immigrant youth during the 2012 UWD Congress. During UWD's Congress immigrant youth from across the U.S. convene to meet each other, strategize together, and decide their campaign for the upcoming year. Photographed November 30, 2012 (Carla Chavarria / United We Dream)
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