National Coming Out of the Shadows Week
Undocumented youth across the country have been doing incredible work not only raising awareness about issues and challenges facing all immigrants, but also engaging communities through many means, including organizing, film screenings, and public meetings.. These efforts have led to legislative victories in several states, a groundswell of push back against some of the nation’s harshest immigration laws, and in doing so they have created a nation-wide community of young activists pushing for justice.
The week starting on March 10 is National Coming Out of the Shadows Week. Young people who are undocumented will be “coming out,” making public declarations of their status and gearing up with other undocumented community members, advocates, and allies for the next steps in their movement.
If you are free, please take some time to attend an event, learn more about what the undocumented youth movement has done, what they are working on now, and how you can get involved.
The map below shows some of the events in the coming week including Chicago on March 10, Los Angeles on March 13, and New York City & Philadelphia on March 14, amongst others -
For additional info on both national and state based immigrant youth alliances, here are just some of the resources available online -
- Immigrant Youth Justice League (Illinois)
- Great post on being an ally and what that means (via Immigrant Youth Justice League)
- National Immigrant Youth Alliance (National)
- Dream Activist (National)
- New York State Youth Leadership Council (New York)
- One Michigan (Michigan)
- NC Dream Team (North Carolina)
- Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA)
- Dream Activist PA (Pennsylvania)
- Dream Activist California (California)