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News :: Education : Human Rights : Labor
Day 2, United We Dream Tour: Framingham
15 Apr 2005
April 15, 2005

Contact: Ali Noorani
(617) 835.1402 – Cell (617) 350.5480 x201

Michele Rudy (617) 350-5480 ext. 206

“All we want is to go to college…”
Day 2, United We Dream Tour: Framingham

Boston, MA – The second day of the statewide ‘United We Dream Tour’ takes immigrant students to Framingham to meet with community leaders, students and elected officials. The third event of the Tour is anticipated to draw over 75 people and include cultural celebrations. By Saturday’s event, students will have traveled 95 miles and reached nearly 250 community leaders. Their efforts have begun to attract attention of press across the state and country.

“This is the civil rights issue of the 21st century,” said Dr. Sergio Paez, Director of Language Acquisition Leominster Public Schools. “Through this Tour, we are hoping to educate students and leaders of why this is important to communities across Massachusetts.”

April 16, 2005

7:30 – 9:00 PM in Framingham, MA

Powerpoint - New Life Presbyterian Church, 73 Union Ave.
Contact: Heloiza Castellana, Desafio (508) 620-4963 ext.1452

Students are traveling across Massachusetts in order to gain support for the In-State Tuition Bill and DREAM Act. These bills would make available in-state college tuition to students who have lived in Massachusetts for a number of years, regardless of immigration status. The federal legislation (DREAM Act) would also provide them with an opportunity to legalize their immigration status. The state bill (H-1230), will allow high achieving students who have attended high school in Massachusetts for at least 3 years, and graduated from a Massachusetts high school, to access a higher education at in-state tuition rates – the same rates any resident of Massachusetts would pay.

“It is important we provide our young people opportunities to further their education,” said Paulo Pinto, executive director of the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers. “These students are civic leaders who are committed to making Massachusetts a better place.”

The Tour will conclude at the State House on April 21, 2005 at 11:00 AM (Senate Reading Room) where a press conference of youth, labor and religious leaders will convene to welcome these Heroes of Higher Education.

Upcoming tour dates include:
April 17, 2005
6:00 – 8:00 PM in Providence, RI
English For Action, Rm. 604, Atlantic Mills, 122 Manton Ave.
Contact: Josselyn Velasquez, English For Action (401) 421-3181

April 19, 2005
8:30 - 9:30 in Barnstable, MA
Tilden Arts Center Lobby, Cape Cod Community College
2240 Iyanough Road, West Barnstable
Contact: President Kathy Schatzberg (508) 362 - 2131 ext. 4300

1:00-2:30 PM in Worcester, MA
Worcester State College, Students’ Center President’s Dining Room
Contact: Kirsh Donis, Latino Education Institute, (508) 798 – 6507

6:00 – 7:30 PM in Lawrence, MA
Lawrence Community Works, 60 Island Street
Contact: Jessica Filion, Movement City (978) 683-9393

April 20, 2005
1:00 - 2:00 PM Lynn, MA
Room T-102, MBTA Building
Corner of Broad and Market Streets, across the street from the Lynn Campus of North Shore Community College
Contact: Pat Wolfe, Educational Talent Search Program (781) 477-2115


5:30 – 7:00 PM in Lowell, MA
United Teen Equality Center, 106 Merrimack Street
Contact: Maanav Thakore, UTEC (978) 441- 9949

April 21, 2005
11:00 AM in Boston, MA
Press Conference
The State House, Senate Reading Room, Boston

The tour is organized by the Task Force on Immigrant Access to Higher Education whose members include the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Centro Presente, East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, Irish Immigration Center, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Brazilian Immigrant Center, and Tekiah- A Jewish Call To Action.

MIRA works to advocate for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees. In partnership with its members, MIRA advances this mission through education, training, leadership development, organizing, policy analysis and advocacy.

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