Tomorrow is Election Day!
All across the country, DREAM Act students are stepping up our actions to make sure we elect politicians who support our DREAMs. In California, the “Meg Matasueños” campaign was launched to make sure Californians know Meg Whitman does not support AB540 students. In Illinois, 3 undocumented students organized a sit-in at Congressman Kirk’s campaign office to meet with him. The “VOTE DREAM” campaign was also launched to make sure people vote for the candidate that supports the DREAM Act. There are DREAMers in Nevada trying to get out the vote for Senator Reid. In Pennsylvania, we’re passing around “Vote for Me” flyers across campuses and neighborhoods to make sure our friends and community get out and vote. DREAMers in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, New York, Virginia, and many other states are also getting out the vote.
The point is that undocumented students are not going to be silenced any longer. This election season has been filled with some of the most racist ads we have ever seen, including those by Sharon Angle in Nevada, David Vitter in Louisiana, and John McCain in Arizona. We have been attacked in ads and some politicians have turned their backs on us, but we are still fighting. We are not going to stand with politicians that vilify us and our community, and neither will our friends and family.
The races are tight in states like Nevada, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Alaska, West Virginia, Florida, and California. This is where we can make a difference.
I live in Pennsylvania. The two candidates for Senate, Joe Sestak (D) and Pat Toomey (R), are in a tight race. DreamActivist’s guide for the Pennsylvania elections endorsed Congressman Joe Sestak because he stands for justice and human rights. There are also voting guides for Florida, Texas, and California. As a DREAMer, I can’t vote because I’m undocumented. But I have friends and family who will go to the polls and vote for our ideals and values. I’m undocumented but I will still have my voice be heard.
And so can you!
You can make a difference tomorrow! If you’re a U.S. citizen, please head to the polls tomorrow and VOTE for a candidate that supports undocumented students and the DREAM Act, and spread the word. If you’re undocumented, have your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone you know to vote for you. Tomorrow will be a very important day. We need to do everything we can to get out the vote! Make sure your friends vote for you and support the DREAM Act.
Get out there and do your part!