Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-04-16
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Proposal marks Dance of the Western Suburbs Proposal marks Dance of the Western Suburbs
The women behind the Dance of the Western Suburbs saved the day ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times    Download PDF Issue

DREAMers, Queer and Undocumented Youth rally, set platform
From a news release
2012-12-05

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Washington, DC — Galvanized by winning a momentous victory earlier this year with the creation of the deferred action policy and having earned their place at the forefront of the debate over immigration policy, 600 representatives of America's over two million undocumented youth gathered in Kansas City, MO, last weekend (November 30-December 2) for the United We Dream (UWD) 2012 National Congress. The congress also included a large national representation of Queer and undocumented, or UndocuQueer, immigrant youth.

"UndocuQueers and the immigrant youth movement have made a commitment to working together with the LGBTQ ally community to ensure that LGBTQ families are including in the next fight for family legalization from beginning to end," said Jorge Gutierrez, project coordinator of the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, a project of United We Dream. "The immigrant youth movement has learned from past mistakes and will not leave LGBTQ families behind."

The 600 representatives at the UWD 2012 National Congress voted on an official platform, demanding protections for families and communities and pledging to fight for a roadmap to citizenship for the entire immigrant community, including LGBTQ families. These demands come in the midst of a renewed conversation on Capitol Hill around immigration issues, with both parties realizing that they need to respond to historic LGBTQ, Latino, Asian-American and immigrant voter turnout in the November election. Queer immigrant youth want to make it clear that DREAMers reject proposals like the Achieve Act, which offer even less than the DREAM Act.

"United We Dream and the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project have emerged as the conscience of the immigration movement, and we're thrilled to be working deeply with queer undocumented youth across the country to ensure that LGBTQ families are included in inclusive, legalization for families in the next Congressional session," said Heather Cronk, managing director of GetEQUAL, a national grassroots civil rights organization fighting for the full legal equality of the LGBTQ community. "We have seen efforts before to divide the LGBTQ and the immigration communities, with no regard shown for those who have one foot in both communities and both identities — we will not tolerate efforts to foster division among Americans, or to force some Americans to choose one identity over another. We look forward to working with UWD and QUIP to ensure that American families — *all* American families — are fully valued in this country."

The platform voted on at the Congress includes demands for protections for families, access to higher education, and a roadmap to legal immigration status and citizenship:

1. Fair treatment for DREAMers and our families and communities, including a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million Americans without papers and an end to senseless deportations and abuses

2. The ability to travel without fear, ensuring all immigrants have access to driver licenses and the ability to visit family in other countries

3. The elimination of barriers to higher education for immigrant youth by extending state and federal financial aid opportunities, as well as in-state tuition rates to DREAMers available to our peers

4. An end to excessive and costly immigration enforcement policies which separate families and divide communities, such as "Secure Communities," E-Verify, 287G, and roadside checkpoints

5. Access to health care and safe, fair working conditions and equal protection under the law for all

6. Growth and diversity of our movement for change, intensifying efforts to become more inclusive of non-Latinos, LGBTQ communities, differently-abled people, people of faith, and other groups

United We Dream affiliates across the country plan coordinated actions the week of President Obama's inauguration to highlight the plight of our families under an excessive and immoral immigration enforcement system and to tell the stories of our courageous parents who sacrificed for us and LGBTQ families that continue to be left out of the immigration reform conversation. UndocuQueers and undocumented youth will continue their role of leadership within the immigrant rights movement to build national momentum for policies and laws that protect all families and provide a roadmap to citizenship.

"The fact that the inclusion of the LGBTQ community was part of the demands set forth in the United We Dream platform speaks to the great effort that those of us who identify as UndocuQueer have put towards the eradication of homophobic attitudes and behaviors within the immigrant rights movement. The demand comes at a crucial moment for those of us who identify as queer. I am happy that United We Dream affiliates adopted the inclusion of my queer identity as a demand," voiced Rocio Mora, a member of the San Fernando Valley Dream Team.

In addition to coalescing around political demands and strategies for 2013 and beyond, UndocuQueers and undocumented young people shared their stories, connecting with new leaders and building an even larger community of young people working shoulder-to-shoulder to win fair treatment, expand access to higher education, legal immigration status, and protections for families.

Queer and undocumented youth and DREAMers from California, New Mexico, Washington, Florida, New York, Minnesota, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Missouri participated in the UWD 2012 National Congress.

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led network in the nation with 47 affiliates in 25 states that organize and advocate for access to higher education and legal status for all.


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Prop 8 opponents set wedding date; trans teacher's return 2014-04-15
ASK LAMBDA LEGAL: LGBTs in immigration detention facilities 2014-04-15
HRC backs Brad Schneider in IL 10th District 2014-04-15
Obama pushing voting rights at Texas event 2014-04-11
Conversion therapy bill falls in state House 2014-04-11
Transgender veteran cop to run for OK state house 2014-04-09
Political Science Panel considers LGBT public policy 2014-04-09
Tom Daley is gay, not bi; fun. joins LGBT-equality campaign 2014-04-09
Harvey Milk stamp; political writer compares gays, Star Trek 2014-04-09
Wis. has first trans elected official 2014-04-09
Remarks by the President on equal pay for equal work 2014-04-08
Band fun. UN Free & Equal Campaign Equality Champion 2014-04-08
Executive Orders on workplace leave out LGBTs 2014-04-07
MPSA forums address LGBT global, media issues 2014-04-07
Amnesty discussion focuses on LGBT rights 2014-04-07
51+ LGBTQ groups back #Not1more to end deportations 2014-04-03
UN Development Commission: Don't trade away LGBT rights 2014-04-03
ABA honors Quigley's work to enhance justice system 2014-04-02
Prison Rape Elimination Act helps LGBT immigrant detainees 2014-04-02
Group: Deportation can be death sentence for LGBTs 2014-04-02
Anti-gay church vandalized; Scouts remove gay leader 2014-04-02
World Vision reverses course on employment policies 2014-03-27
Dominican LGBTs back ambassador; Tokyo billboard 2014-03-26
Graham called "ambiguously gay"; controversial Mozilla CEO 2014-03-26
President Obama names director, Office of Nat'l AIDS Policy 2014-03-24
Ferrand sues law firm over botched election filing 2014-03-24
Rhode Island gay Speaker of the House resigns following raid 2014-03-23
VP Biden: LGBT rights integral part of U.S. foreign policy 2014-03-23
Republicans voting yes to marriage survive challenges 2014-03-20
Groups prepare for Advocacy Day 2014-03-19
Gov. Jerry Brown gets LGBT award; AVER co-founder dies 2014-03-19
Few surprises dot Illinois primary elections 2014-03-19
Stonewall drops Guinness beer over St. Patrick's sponsorship 2014-03-17
Equality IL PAC $150K candidate contribution 2014-03-13
Pro-marriage equality GOP rep. taking heat in bitter primary 2014-03-13
Groups say taxi outing threat no laughing matter 2014-03-12
ELECTIONS 2014 Early voting through Saturday 2014-03-12
ELECTIONS 2014 Windy City Times Guide to the Gays 2014-03-12
ELECTIONS 2014 Gov. Pat Quinn: 'Nobody left out' 2014-03-12
Jimmy Carter coming to Andersonville on March 27 2014-03-12





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Gay-owned B&B offers warmth in Rogers Park
 
'This Is What It Feels Like' to be Armin van Buuren
 
UIC delves into trans* healthcare policy with film
 
Villa Loretta adds a touch of Hollywood to weddings
 
Pam Grier talks 'Dining Out For Life,' comic conventions
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now



  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.