On the anniversary of landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education, Arizona law enforcement arrested three undocumented leaders of the immigrant student movement in addition to Arizona native Raul Alcaraz after staging a sit-in at Senator John McCain’s office. Lizbeth Mateo, 25, an organizer with DREAM Team Los Angeles, Mohammad Abdollahi, 24, co-founder of http://www.facebook.com/l/ecb0b;DreamActivist.Org, a resource web portal for undocumented students, and Yahaira Carrillo, 25, a founder of the Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance are risking deportation in hopes that this action will make a significant contribution to the fight for immigrant rights. In response to the onslaught of enforcement-based immigration law, they staged a sit-in at Senator McCain’s office, and urged congressional leadership to champion the DREAM Act and the values it represents: hard work, education, and fairness.
In response to the action of the youth in Arizona, the NYSYLC is calling an EMERGENCY MEETING for Wednesday, May 19th at 6:30PM. Please come to this meeting to plan what the NYSYLC will do in solidarity with the detained youth. We are planning to initiate a hunger strike on Monday, May 24th if Senator Schumer does not meet with us by the end of this week. Contact Jennifer@nysylc.org to get involved. More details will be discussed at the Emergency Meeting.
Also, join us this Saturday, May 22nd at our General Meeting at 11AM to continue planning~ Let’s keep on, P’alante!