Episcopal City Mission Blog
Thursday, September 16, 2010
As you well know, ECM's Burgess Urban Fund (BUF) awards grants every year to non-profit organizations working to address issues of social injustice in our communities. BUF focuses its' efforts on issues around affordable housing, access to employment, and immigration.
One of this year's grantees, the Student Immigrant Movement, has been hard at work raising awareness of S. 729, the Development, Relief, and Education for Minors (DREAM) Act. The Dream Act will create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people who came to this country under the age of 16.
It has come to ECM's attention that the Dream Act has been attached to the National Defense Authorization Act which will likely be voted on next week. Massachusetts' delegation of Representatives and Senator Kerry are all co-sponsors of the act. Senator Brown has yet to sign on. We urge you to make a call or send an email and ask Senator Brown to support for this legislation.
To learn more about the Act and how to contact Senator Brown visit SIM's website.
Call Sen Brown's office toll free: 1-888-259-8432. You will have to listen to an extended message from Sen Brown's office, but you will be able to leave a message.
Here is a suggested text for your call:
Hi, my name is _ _ _ _ and I am a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a resident from _ _ _ _ _ _ (city you're from). I would like to urge Senator Brown to support the DREAM Act. It is good legislation that will help thousands of young men and women contribute to the economy and to the fabric of our nation. These undocumented youth are strong and courageous, let's give them the opportunity to learn in our academic institutions and serve in our armed forces. This will give them the skills to needed to attain a solid job and a home. This is how we can build a just society. I ask that Senator Brown take a stance in favor of the DREAM Act.
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