There are four children who just left my office in DC. They are actual warriors and so they would probably hate being called children, but teachers and parents can call their children “children” until they graduate and then get jobs and then have children of their own – and even then they will be our children because no matter how young we were when they knew us, they will always think of us as the old guys and no matter how old they get, we will always see them with the eyes that saw them as children.
These four warrior children have been telling me how they are in DC to save lives. Maybe their grandparents’ lives. Maybe the lives of the children they hope to have someday. Maybe their own.
They are American Indian students who attend tribal schools in Idaho. They honor their community, and they intend to fight for it. They tell me a chemical company closed down and left a toxic superfund site behind. The EPA has “capped” the chemical waste with concrete and declared the problem solved. The people in the community think otherwise.
Idaho students Sequoia Dancer, Angel Teton, Cecilio Silveira, Deryk Broncho in Washington, DC
Hello everyone! The DREAM Act has been a hot topic in Washington today, after news that in the coming weeks the Senate will take up the bipartisan legislation to help 50,000 students.
The DREAM Act would allow immigrant students with good character to obtain conditional permanent resident status after high school graduation, and then apply for citizenship if they successfully graduate from two years of college or serve two years in the armed forces.
Lily is in the midst of speaking events and unable to post a new blog entry, but as you know she has been an outspoken support of the DREAM Act.
I am the daughter of an immigrant. I am living my mother’s American Dream. I went to college on scholarships and students loans and as a starving folk singer. This great country made an investment in my dream to become a teacher, and I like to think it was a good investment.
Imagine us making that investment in these children’s dreams. Giving these good, hard-working, visionary children the same opportunity to walk across a stage and graduate and to walk towards something better. To walk out of the shadows and into the light of a country that will finally accept them as “our” children. To give them a country that they can finally call home.
We hope you’ll take a moment and speak up for these students. Urge your Senators to support the DREAM Act.
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