"Undocumented and Unafraid" Book Subject of Lecture
Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center, along with youth from UCLA’s Dream Resource Center, will share stories from the Center's new book, Undocumented and Unafraid: Tam Tran, Cinthya Felix, and the Immigrant Youth Movement, which looks at how the campaign for the DREAM Act has transformed into a growing national movement led by immigrant youth. The talk will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Pomona College (Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). A reception and book sale will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The first half of the book is a tribute to UCLA graduates Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix, both of whom died in a car accident in 2010, who were instrumental in the founding of a student group IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and Success), a support and advocacy group for undocumented immigrant students. Tran and Felix were among the first undocumented students of this generation to graduate college and go on to graduate school.
The second part of the book examines this movement, looking at the “Trail of Dreams,” a march of immigrant youth and their supporters from Miami to Washington, DC; students’ civil disobedience in the halls of Congress; and individual stories of students stepping out of the shadows of their immigration status.
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