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The Dream Resource Center Kicks Off National Undocumented Stories Tour In Washington, D.C.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, April 24, 2017

Contact: Rubi Martinez, ​rubimartinez@ucla.edu

 

Los Angeles — The Dream Resource Center (DRC) at the UCLA Labor Center, is pleased to announce that Undocumented Stories,will kick off a national tour that will begin in Washington D.C.  This is the first stop that kicks off the multimedia exhibit’s national tour. The exhibit will reside at the National Education Association (NEA), where it will be displayed at the NEA’s lobby.

Curated by UCLA students, DRC staff, and SolArt Media & Design, an organization dedicated to community empowerment, the exhibit launched earlier this year at the UCLA Labor Center.

Undocumented Stories utilizes storytelling to uplift the lived experiences of unaccompanied minors and youth who have built a movement to change policies impacting higher education, access to health care, and deportation proceedings. Undocumented Stories is a multimedia exhibit that seeks to empower immigrant communities to reconstruct their own narratives, shape public opinion, and influence policy affecting the undocumented immigrant community.

The exhibit comes at a pivotal time when undocumented communities are being criminalized and demonized. Now more than ever, it is important to share our stories in order to build support for undocumented people in our schools, workplaces, and communities. In the midst of increased deportation threats, we hope this exhibit promotes the creation of safe spaces where we can build power and resist the current racism, xenophobia, and divisive rhetoric.

The Undocumented Stories exhibit will stay at the NEA in D.C. through May for the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and through June for the Immigrant Heritage Month. The next stop the exhibit will travel to Boston, MA., for the Conference on Racial and Social Justice.