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Outline for Dream Act Movement Online

Outline for Dream Act Movement Online



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Outline for Dream Act Movement Online
2006 – Before there was DreamActivist, DREAM Act Portal (http://dreamact.info) iswhere most undocumented students online hung out. The other was COSA whichsoon died and now points to DAP.October 2007 - Dream Act fails to pass Congress. Prerna, planning on leaving theUnited States, joins DAP after hearing about the failure of the bill. ‘Meets’ Quaker(Mo), Free2be (Kemi), Maria and Mark who all want to
do something
after thedefeat.November 2007 - We all start talking and become friends. DA domain bought on 30November 2007 after several MSN conversations between 7-10 people about thedire need to
do something.
 Jan 08 to Jun 08 - Kyle from MIRA coalition partners with BNF and grabs some kidsfrom DAP to blog at A Dream Deferred. Prerna blogs at A Dream Deferred under'DreamActivist' while building DreamActivist behind the scenes and working as janitor. Breaks hand on April 3 and can no longer do much physical work. Goes tofull-time blogging. Makes friends with other promigrant bloggers online. June 08 – Prerna joins the Sanctuary. Brave New Films pulls plug on ADD project. Talks continue in the background, nothing ever materializes as Robert Greenwaldmoves onAug 08 - Slows blogging at ADD to concentrate on DreamActivist. So many moreundocumented students start blogs due to the urging of Fash.September 08 - Prerna, Matias and Mo become friends through the launching of Underground Undergrads. What we used to do and still do is look through Googleblogs and Google news for keywords and contact as many undocumented studentsas possible to bring them on board.October-December 08 - Submit 'Pass the DREAM Act' as an #immigration idea tothe Change.org campaign--a new site formed by Ben Rattray. Dave Bennion reachesout to Prerna and asks her to submit an idea. Prerna writes out the text for it for fun,tells Mo to send it out to his 90-100 people email list so they can vote, he hadcollected from DAP; says we will get about 30 votes. Idea gets over 12,000 votes,100+ endorsements, and DreamActivist becomes quite well known in the largerpromigrant blogosphere.Dec 08 - Successful online campaign for DREAM Act leads UWD to inviteDreamActivist and Citizen Orange to the table to talk about campaign escalationand tactics. Mo and Prerna attend and meet for the first time. At the meeting UWD
promises to contribute towards petition site to gather signatures.Prerna creates @DreamAct twitter, Causes on Facebook - Now 40,000 strong andclimbing. Those two social networking sites become our main action driving forces. Jan to March 09 - Juan and Piash join in from DAP to work with DreamActivist. Still,unfunded, Prerna, Tom and Carlos (both from DAP) work on DreamAct2009.com.Site gathers more than 10,000 signatures in the first two months of launching. Motakes the lead on reaching out to students in deportation on petition form andworking closely with UWD Organizing committee. Mario designs the famous DREAMAct button. Nezua (Unapologetic Mexican) designs the logo and cuts us a break onthe cost.March 2009 – Some members of DreamActivist meet for the first time in DC for theintroduction of the DREAM Act of 2009. They also meet Senator Durbin. June 2009 - Members of DreamActivist attend RI4A summit launch in D.C. early June. Mo presents at civil liberties conference about the growth of DREAM Act onlineactivism. June 23 - National Graduation and actions in 16 states in solidarity. All foundingmembers of DreamActivist meet for the first time. At some point, conservativecommentator scoffs that these can't be undocumented students; they are membersof ACORN. Hilarious. Loads of media coverageEarly June - DreamActivist server hacked - blessing in disguise. FFF swoops in withemergency funding. Decide to invest it wisely in Plus 3 software that is under works. June - July 4 - Successful Walter Lara campaign led by SWER with help of SEIU July - Successful Taha M. campaign in New Jersey with help of SEIU July 13 - DreamActivist forms LLC called Active DREAMS LLC. July - August 2009- Prerna helps in the formation of Students for Fair Considerationin the Bay Area and gets over 15 undocumented students to start blogging.(http://s4fc.org)August 2009 - During Netroots Nations, semi-successful Herta Llusho campaigngarners more mainstream media and progressive blogger attention.September 2009 - Jorge-Alonso campaign. Dream Act Back to School actionsorganized in 26 states. Good media coverage.Working on Jorge to get a private bill.Alan joins DreamActivist as webmaster.Mo and Juan attend RI4A youth training in Florida.

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