art by Favianna Rodriguez
“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator
Trail of DREAMs: 1,500 Mile Journey for Justice
In January 2010, Presente.org helped four young immigrants — three of whom are undocumented — launch the Trail of DREAMs, a campaign centered around a 1,500 mile walk from Miami, FL to Washington, D.C. Presente.org helped the DREAM Walkers, Gaby Pacheco, Juan Rodriguez, Felipe Matos, and Carlos Roa, build a list of more than 60,000 supporters by providing campaign infrastructure that included online & text message-based organizing, digital media production, and public relations support. We designed and managed Trail2010.org and produced a video and PSA to help educate our communities about the heroic journey these four young immigrants took in their fight for justice and dignity.
The Trail of DREAM campaign made a major impact on the national immigration debate. The Walkers met with numerous community groups and local leaders throughout their journey, and bravely faced down notorious anti-immigrant sheriffs and even a local KKK group. They also met twice with Valerie Jarrett, once with President Obama, and received widespread coverage in the English and Spanish press, including multiple appearances on CNN and Univision. Their brave activism also inspired countless other DREAMers, and was instrumental in the passage of the DREAM Act by the House of Representatives in December 2010. Since their journey, the Walkers have continued to organize, and have been widely recognized for their heroism, including being named by NewsOne as one of the top 15 Civil Rights heroes of the 21st Century.
For more information, check out trail2010.org
Click here to see the original email we sent to members about this campaign.
This campaign has concluded.