For Release on 12/02/2011
Timothy Farrell: (508) 423-3180
Eric Castillo: (210) 846-4617
Campaign for an American DREAM
Cross-country walk to now start on Saturday March 10, 2012 to educate,
empower, and mobilize community into action for the DREAM Act and
fairer immigration policies.
Campaign for an American DREAM (CAD) will begin its walk on March 10, 2012 in order to
focus on helping organize communities prior to the walk.
CAD’s five undocumented and ally students will walk across the nation from San Francisco, CA
to Washington D.C. in small towns and big cities, creating dialogue with the community about
how the DREAM Act positively impacts every community throughout the country. The walk
represents an escalated call for national support of the Federal DREAM Act which would allow
undocumented students the opportunity to adjust their residency status and become
contributing legal citizens to our society by going to college or joining the military.
March 10 is the second anniversary of the “Coming Out of the Shadows Day,” when people
from all over the United States came out publicly about their undocumented status. “We are
walking across the country thinking of the communities,” said Nicolas Gonzalez, one of the five
walkers. “The politicians will hear from those in these communities.” Gonzalez was recently
organizing in Alabama where he and 14 others were arrested at the State House rallying
against the nation’s harshest anti-immigration legislation (HB56). He was also involved in an
action March 10, 2010 in Chicago.
The grassroots movement will help amplify the voices in communities throughout the country so
all of our politicians can hear from the people affected by stringent and racist policies. CAD will
focus on its core values of “Unity, Equality, and Diversity” and what they mean for all people and
families in the U.S. The walk itself will start at the Golden Gate Bridge and conclude in
Washington, D.C. in October as the nation prepares for its 2012 elections.
The dialogue aims to be earnest and direct where all people are invited to come and discuss
their thoughts on what it truly means to be an American and how DREAMers, immigrants, and
citizens can be a part of that better vision for America together.