“Undocumented, Unafraid, Unapologetic:” Annual Rally Returns to Daley Plaza in Chicago on March 10

We got this posting from our friends at Gozamos and from the Immigration Youth Justice League.

On Saturday March 10 at 1pm CST, a rally will be held at Daley Plaza in Chicago. You can find more information about this rally on its Facebook event page:

Coming Out of the Shadows Day National Coming Out of the Shadows Day began here in Chicago on March 10th, 2010 and then spread all over the nation. Since then, young people have been “coming out” as undocumented to their friends, teachers, legislators, and classmates, which has even led to actions of civil disobedience in Arizona, Washington D.C., New York, Illinois, California, Texas, Georgia, and Alabama. 

Last year, during March 10th, undocumented immigrant youth along with our allies publicly defied fear and criminalization without shame by declaring to be "undocumented, unafraid, and unapologetic" in the pursuit of equal rights and immigration reform. 

Now, in 2012, we are still undocumented and are still finding people who have lived silent and scared for too long. We believe that being able to speak publicly about being undocumented, despite our fears, lets us remember that we are not doing anything wrong, and that we have the right to be here and be treated as human beings. We are no longer going to allow anyone to blame our parents for bringing us to the U.S. when we were young. Coming out is a way to challenge immigration enforcement to make a choice: take action and show the world that the people they are deporting are us –students, workers, their friends, classmates; or stay silent and affirm our right to be undocumented and unafraid.

Today is the time that the undocumented youth movement is taking ownership of our actions, our politics, our stories, and the risks that we are willing to take for the movement. 

Come out and join the Immigrant Youth Justice League, Nuestra Voz, and [email protected] from Chicago and suburbs as we come out of the shadows on March 10th 2012. Invite your friends and bring your voice!

Much love,

IYJL, Nuestra Voz, [email protected]

*Note to those who are undocumented: Please know that as individuals and as an organization we have experience doing actions like this, including civil disobedience where as part of the strategy undocumented youth have gotten arrested. Immigration enforcement has never intervened, as we are all still here. None of us are planning to get arrested this time; it is NOT a civil disobedience or direct action. This is a rally to empower undocumented people, but we wanted to make sure you knew that in our experience immigration will NOT show up (and that if they do, it would be bad for their public image and good for our movement). We also have legal counsel and training should anyone get harassed, etc. Lastly, even if someone does get detained as a result of coming out, we have won campaign after campaign to fight youth deportations, and we will win again. 

For various opportunities to financially support please visit
http://www.facebook.com/events/189035341197785/

And if you can't join us, you can always organize your own event or support us by donating online 🙂
Donations: http://bit.ly/wxK9K4
50 ways to come out Undocumented Unafraid: 
http://www.iyjl.org/?p=2863
[email protected]

This was the promotion video for the 2011 rally.

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