Campaign for an American DREAM (CAD), a cross country walk by undocumented and ally walkers in support of the federal DREAM Act and fairer immigration policies, stands in solidarity with “Dream Defenders” who will completed a three-day walk and converged on Sanford, Florida yesterday.
The Dream Defenders, a student-led movement that arose out of the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, will engage in non-violent civil disobedience to rally against systemic racist policies today and CAD walkers will show their support by wearing a hoodie, which Martin was wearing when he was murdered.
Today’s civil disobedience will include the list of demands set forth by Dream Defenders, which transcends the Martin killing and seeks to root out the systemic racist policies that affect people of color and the nation as a whole. The demands are as follows:
- Arrest George Zimmerman, the murderer of Travyon Martin.
- Fire the Sanford Chief of Police Bill Lee for failure to act responsibly in response to the case.
- Create a Sanford Police review board with a member base that is racially diverse and representative of the community.
- Calling of a nationally broadcasted Congressional forum on eliminating racial inequalities in the U.S.
CAD, which began its national walk on March 10 in San Francisco, is a grassroots Campaign that will help amplify the voices in communities throughout the country so that our elected officials can hear from the people affected by stringent and racist policies. The campaign will focus on its core values of “Unity, Equality, and Diversity” and what they mean for all people and families in the U.S. The core values of CAD match up with those of Dream Defenders, a coalition of people of all nationalities and skin color fighting against racial injustice.
For more information on CAD, please visit http://thedreamwalk.org
For more information on Dream Defenders, please visit http://thedreamdefenders.com