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I couldn't be more proud of my 6th-9th grade students today as we braved the 93 degree heat to deliver hand written letters detailing our immigration stories to the "Gang of 8" senators working on the immigration reform.  We had the chance to speak with some of the senators' offices to share our stories orally as well.  This will not be the last time they are hearing from us! We have plans to create a video recording our stories, share a video we made earlier in the year with our own original photos and poetry detailing where we are from, and scheduling more meetings with the senators.
After our trip to the Capitol we participated in the Time is Now march on the National Mall.  It was inspiring to see so many people from around the country facing the heat in order to show their support for immigration reform.  We marched proudly, waving our brightly colored signs with slogans like, "Citizenship for 11 million," "Si, se puede," and "All in for citizenship." Estamos truly unidos!
Marching with us was Mexican artist Gloria Hidrogo who spoke with my students the day before the rally and led them in a tortilla art workshop.  Students painted images of a girl who had been separated from her family.  All of my students can relate to what it feels like to be torn apart from their culture, language, and families yet they make the best of their situation, work hard, and follow their dreams.  Hidrogo's status attracted two camera crews to our classroom and my students had another chance to tell their stories to local and national media and inspire a wider audience as they inspire me daily.

Check us out on TV:
Primer impacto

http://noticias.univision.com/primer-impacto/reportajes-de-impacto/video/2013-04-09/inmigracion-immigration-cambio-change-marcha-march-reforma-migratoria-immigration-reform?ftloc=channel1513:wcmWidgetUimStage&ftpos=channel1513:wcmWidgetUimStage:3
Univision Washington, DC

http://www.tvwfdc.com/2013/04/09/crearon-obras-de-arte-para-demostrar-su-apoyo-a-la-reforma/

 


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Oscar Ascencio
05/24/2013 6:49am

We as a class, supported the Immigration March to tell the U.S Government to stop deporting innocent immigrants and give them a chance to have a better life and help themselves and their families.

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yamileth benitez
05/24/2013 7:28am

This march was so fun and a opportunity to tell the capital to stop deporting innocents people how come here to work hard and they do that the economy grow up. I love when I saw everybody together supported as, because I am a immigrants in this country and I am proud where I come I proud for the Latinos how are the more workers people how I saw before they only want to be together with their family and not be separates, I am happy to be with my mom here because we had 6 years that we not see her! but I am so proud so see like a 1 millions of people supported the immigrants! and we go to give letters to some senators to tell them our history and why we come here. THANK YOU HOW THE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT US.!!! THANK YOU <3

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cynthia
05/24/2013 7:29am

this trip was fun for me people shared their story about their life when they was illegal immigrants so it was interesting that people had same experience but different story's and what was surprising to me is that thousands of people was marching for the illegal immigrants so that was a good experience for me.

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