Posted by CAD2012
This Sunday will mark the 3-month anniversary of the Campaign for an American Dream, an 8-month journey from San Francisco to Washington D.C. led by undocumented youth to empower the immigrant community nationwide.
The road has been long not only physically but emotionally. We arrived in Denver Colorado after our second RV broke down as we reached the 10,000-foot elevation in the Rocky Mountains where we where 76 miles away from our next destination. We arrived at Justin’s apartment where he welcomed not only us the walkers but the three documentarians that have been following us for the past 2 1/2 weeks and Tim, a friend who continues to believe in everything we do. We continue to go strong because the community is behind us every step of the way.
We have been compared to other walks that didn’t accomplish much and the reality is that we are FEARLESS and UNAFRAID! And with only three months in Vero Gomez sits inside the Obama for America office with Javier Hernandez as they reach their 44th hour of their hunger strike. The staff inside ignored them when they first walked in on Tuesday, rolling their eyes as they continued calling people asking them to volunteer.
With “Latinos for Obama” and “Women for Obama” posters posted perfectly on their store front windows the Latinos and Mujeres there where ignored just like we have been ignored for the almost four years of the Obama administration in power. He promised our community he would do something in his first 100 days in office and with almost 150 days before elections we are yet to see real “Change.” Everyday each of us on this walk remember what inspired us to go on this great journey, our family and friends and the communities that we have met and the ones we have yet to meet.
We have met amazing people in Denver and through out Colorado that have welcomed us with open arms. From Padres y Jovenes Unidos and all their staff to those community members and organizations that have been with us through this action. Some don’t understand why we are taking it to the Obama for America offices and some have told us “it’s gonna be your fault if we end up with Romney!” When he issues an Executive Order to stop the deportation of all DREAMers is when we will stop the sit-in. Pero La Lucha no termina alli. The struggle will end when our community stops suffering and people dont live in fear of La Poli-Migra. When Politicians stop telling us all that they can’t do and actually start doing! This is our country! From Denver to Winnumucca, Sacramento and all the small towns and big cities we are yet to see.