January 21, 2010

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Students Walking From Miami to Washington, D.C. Stop in Gainesville

Community leaders and residents gather at events in support of 1,500-mile ‘Trail of Dreams’ walk for immigration reform

 Gainesville, FL – Community leaders and residents of Gainesville, FL will hold an interactive and informative forum to honor the four Florida students who have embarked on a “Trail of Dreams” walk from Miami to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about the immediate need for just and human reform to our country’s immigration system.

Bianca Gras, President of the student organization by the name of CHISPAS, said it was important for the community to come together around the walkers because they are risking their lives to bring attention to an issue of great importance and urgency.

“Raids and detentions have risen dramatically in the past year, more and more families are being separated, and life under our current immigration system is unbearable for these students and for millions of others,” Gras said.

About the Trail of Dreams

On January 1, 2010, four brave students embarked on a 1,500-mile walk from Miami, FL, to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about the impact our failed immigration system is having on their lives, and on millions of others. The four walkers are calling on our nation’s leaders to fix the system so that people like them who want to work hard have an opportunity to gain an education and participate fully in society.

The Trail of Dreams will stop in cities in towns throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia to engage in dialogue with residents and local leaders – including key Congressional offices. They are expected to arrive in the nation’s capital on May 1. 

About the event(s) in Gainesville, Florida

“Creating Our Pathway”:  a forum on the Trail of Dreams

What: Walkers will be talking about their experiences, thus far, on the Trail and what motivated them to embark on this journey.  A Q&A session will follow the sharing of stories.

When: January 28, 2010 @ 6:30 p.m.

Where:   Hurley Hall (Behind St. Augustine Catholic Church)   



Why: To show support for Trail of Dreams walkers and highlight the stories of how our country’s failed immigration system affects immigrants in Gainesville, Florida.


Sponsors: Trail of Dreams walkers, CHISPAS, ILA, UF staff and students, Gainesville local businesses