For Immediate Release
Local: Adelina Nicholls, 770 457 5232
National: Natali Fani, 202.787.1813
Immigrant Students Walking From Miami to Washington, D.C.
Stop in Albany
Community Leaders Welcome “DREAM Walkers” as They Journey the State to Call Attention to the Plight of Immigrants
Join the Trail of DREAMs Campaign by Sending a Text to: 3-0-6-4-4 with the word TRAIL
WHAT: Trail of Dreams Welcome in Albany, Georgia
WHEN: Monday, February 13, 10:00am
WHERE: Albany Welcome Center – 112 N. Front Street, Albany, GA 31701
Albany, GA – Four students who crossed the border into Georgia earlier this week as part of a four-month, 1500 mile pilgrimage from Miami to D.C. to call attention to the current crisis in their communities and the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform will be in Albany on Monday, February 15th at 10:00 am to receive a special community welcome from local leaders.
Reverend Ezekiel Holley, Vice President of the Georgia Conference of the NAACP, will be among those welcoming the immigrant students at the Albany Welcome Center. “The NAACP is proud to offer our support of these brave students because we believe in the same dream that the Dream Walkers believe in,” Rev. Holley stated. “We urge all communities across the state of Georgia to welcome these students and offer them support on their journey."
The nationally recognized “Trail of Dreams” aims to share the real life stories of the nation’s newest arrivals and confront the myths and stereotypes of immigrants, both documented and undocumented.
Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director for the Georgia Latino Alliance of Human Rights (GLAHR), says she hopes the journey helps Georgians to better understand the realities which belie those myths and stereotypes. “Our communities often find themselves discriminated against and blamed for the state’s problems. But like all Georgians, we are parents, grandparents, students, workers, dreamers. We seek only that which is fair – the opportunity to work hard, to have a family, to go to school and church, to live with dignity and in peace.”
The students left Miami on January 1, 2010. They will be welcomed throughout south Georgia in the towns of Cairo, Pelham, Bainbridge, Baconton, Tifton, and Albany where the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), and local Latino and African American leaders have worked together to find them food, accommodations, and places to gather where the students can learn from and educate local communities.
“Not since the Civil Rights Movement has south Georgia seen a group of young adults engage in such a loving act of civil disobedience as the young men and women who will be passing through our streets this February,” said Anton Flores, of Alterna Community in LaGrange. "We invite all supporters of civil rights, of immigrant rights, of human rights to meet the students and carry their message back into our communities."
We ask everyone to please join the Trail of DREAMs campaign by sending a text message to: 3-0-6-4-4 with the word TRAIL. For more information and biographies on the DREAM Walkers, please visit www.trail2010.org.