In Texas, educators joined the summer of protest sparked by the introduction and passage of Senate Bill 4 – which at its core is a racial profiling law meant to strike fear into communities of color across Texas.
At risk is the status of 800,000 immigrant students and youths who have been allowed to study and work without fear of deportation.
A proud DREAMer shares her hopes and fears.
“Can you imagine being five years old, getting dropped off at school and being afraid that you would come home to an empty house, with no idea where your parents are or if they’re coming back?”
“The deprivation of public education is not like the deprivation of some other governmental benefit. Public education has a pivotal role in maintaining the fabric of our society and in sustaining our political and cultural heritage; the deprivation of education takes an inestimable toll on the social, economic, intellectual, and psychological wellbeing of the individual, … Continued
“As educators, we’re responsible for the children who are here with us now. How can I help them while they’re here with me? That’s our bottom line.”
During Cal State Los Angeles’ commencement, students and faculty protest to honor immigration activist Claudia Rueda, who was not there.
More than a thousand activists rallied at the Texas State Capitol to deliver a powerful message to the Texas State Legislature and Governor—SB4 is a racist law and we will not stop fighting until it is overturned.
Educators, activists and community leaders rallied in state capitols, marched in the streets and took action in their communities to call out the danger of divesting from our communities to build walls and perpetuate fear.
“There was fear and hysteria even among documented students because many of them have loved ones they’re fearful for.”