Tania Poetry Rising Presents… Dreaming Without Borders
Join us for a night of poetry, spoken word and music. Regardless of any identities or immigration status, all are welcome!
When: July 7, 2012 from 6pm-9pm Where: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe located at 236 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10009 Why: The donations raised will go to the New York State Youth Leadership Council’s scholarship fund. Which will help undocumented and immigrant youth go on to college.
-By subway, take the F train to the “2nd Avenue” stop.
From the station, take the “1st Avenue & Houston Street” exit and walk north on 1st Avenue away from Houston Street. Make a right on East 3rd Street and walk 2 and a half blocks until you reach #236. Click here for a subway map.
-By bus, take the M14A to Avenue A and 3rd Street or the M15 to 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street and walk east.
-By car, take the FDR Drive to the Houston Street exit.
From Houston Street, make a right on Avenue C and then a left on East 3rd Street.
The Cafe is wheelchair accessible, but we suggest calling ahead so that we can have a ramp in place when you arrive. You can reach the office at 212.780.9386.
Jordana was brought to the United States, from Argentina, when she was only 12 years old. She attended Carteret High School and began working at a local supermarket, during her junior year of high school, in order to provide for her family. Jordana was unable to graduate from high school because her family relied on her financially. However, she valued her education and obtained her G.E.D from Amboy Adult Center while working as a waitress.
After completing her G.E.D, Jordana began to save up enough money to attend community college. She was planning to enroll during the Fall 2011 semester, but her desire to pursue higher education was stopped abruptly on July 22, 2011 when ICE came to her home in search for her brother and tried to force themselves in. Instead, they found Jordana and, after finding out her immigration status, decided to detain her.
On August 11, 2011, Jordana was told to gather her belongings and was taken to Newark Liberty International Airport. Distressed with the thought of leaving the only country she knows, Jordana refused to board the plane and missed her flight. To punish her, ICE officers sent her to Hudson County Jail, where conditions are harsher than in the detention center. In January, she was transferred to Delaney Hall Detention Center where she is currently being held.
Jordana is eligible for the DREAM Act. According to the memo issued by John Morton, she is not a priority for deportation and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. While detained, Jordana has helped other undocumented women who are more vulnerable because they don’t speak English. Jordana wants to be released from detention so she can begin her college education with the goal of becoming a lawyer or a psychologist.
URGENT: Jordana is currently detained in Delaney Hall Detention Center in NJ and could be deported any day.
Jordana was detained when ICE went to her house and tried to force themselves in saying they were looking for her brother. Instead, they found her and arrested her. Jordana should be released immediately. Please help us stop Jordana’s deportation by signing the petition and making a phone call.
1. MAKE A CALL:
Call ICE – John Morton @ 202.732.3000
Sample Script: ”Hi, I was calling to ask that ICE release DREAM Act student Jordana Judith Vera Serna (A# 201 246 042) from Delaney Hall Detention Center in NJ and stop her deportation. Jordana has been living in the U.S. since she was 12 years old. Jordana is DREAM Act eligible and has dreams of attending college to become a lawyer or a psychologist. Please release Jordana from detention and stop her deportation.”
On March 10th, undocumented youth all over this country will finally come out the shadows and lay claim to their own futures launching a month of coming out as undocumented. No longer will we let ourselves be intimidated, scared and ashamed. We have worked long and hard, we have risen to meet every challenge and we have made this country a better place for all. And yet, we are relegated to live in fear. So let us come out and end this fear. Join us as we dedicate March 12 – March 16 to coming out. During this whole week we will be having different activities to do each day. We will also be publishing different stories on our website so keep an eye out for them!
Monday March 12 Social Media Day - UPDATE your Facebook status, use #NYComingOut for Twitter, make a meme for Tumblr etc with a sentence or two coming out to your followers and friends. Change your default picture to an image supporting the New York Dream Act.
Tuesday March 13 UUU Shirt Day - WEAR your story by sporting one of our UUU shirts, or your support for the New York Dream Act, to work, class or just outside. Wear it all day! Don’t forget to take a picture or make a fun youtube video of yourself wearing the t-shirt and email it to us email@example.com, tweet it at us @NYSYLC, tag us on Facebook. If you do not have a t-shirt buy one here or come to our office.
Wednesday March 14 PhonePetition Day - CALL and COLLECT petitions for the New York Dream Act. Make sure to call your representatives in Albany, express your support for the New York Dream Act and get your friends to do the same. Find your representative in the New York Dream Act website. Use this printable paper version of the petition for outdoor use and/or collect them online. However, the trick is to get someone to sign the petition that has no idea you are undocumented. By sharing your story you’ll see there’s a lot of support out there.
Thursday March 15 Prepping Day - Come to our office from 5pm-8pm to practice your coming out story and to make posters for our rally. Also, record your story and overall, share your experience coming out so far.
Friday March 16 Rally Day - We will be having our annual Coming Out Rally in Union Square surrounded by love and support. During this rally we will be having performances and youth from all over New York sharing their status in public! Below is a flyer of the event.
We have several Dream Teams in different high schools, colleges and boroughs. Some of these teams will be having coming out events as well. Feel free to join them! Below is a map detailing other coming out events throughout New York hosted by our very own dream teams. If you are having an event in New York for coming out week, add it to this form so we can post it on our map.
If you feel like you want to share your story with us so it can be published on our website, or want to talk more about coming out and why anyone should it, feel free to email Angy@nysylc.org
The National Immigrant Youth Alliance has created a guide to coming out to help you work through your fears and come up with coming out plan that is right for you. Additionally, you can contact us for help in planning your coming out. We are here to support each other through this process!