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The Dream Is Now Campaign

April 05, 2013

The Dream Is Now Campaign Announces Contest Challenging College Students to Sign Petition in Support of Immigration Reform

Schools Where Students Gather the Most Signatures for Online Petition Will Be Selected As Sites for Premiere of New Documentary Directed by Award-Winning Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim; Students Responsible for Getting Most Petitions Signed Will Travel to Premiere of Film in Washington, DC

Palo Alto, CA -- The Dream is Now (www.thedreamisnow.org) campaign announced a contest today challenging college students to sign an online petition and submit art -- including videos, songs, drawings and poems -- stating their support for immigration reform that includes principles of the Dream Act. The contest runs from March 5 through April 5, with the University that gets the most students to sign the petition winning a special screening of the Dream is Now documentary on campus. In addition, the students responsible for gathering the most signatures in four regions around the country will earn an all expense paid trip to Washington, DC for the official premiere of the Dream is Now documentary. To learn more about the contest, visit www.thedreamisnow.org.

The Dream is Now (www.thedreamisnow.org) is a partnership formed by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim and Emerson Collective to provide supporters of immigration reform with a platform to voice their support for an earned path to citizenship for undocumented youth. The campaign web site allows individuals from around the country—documented and undocumented alike—to tell their own stories in writing or through video and to sign a petition affirming their support for the principles of the Dream Act. During Spring 2013, the campaign will release a 30-minute documentary directed by Guggenheim featuring many of the stories submitted to the campaign in an effort to show Congress that an earned path to citizenship is the right thing to do for these students and for our country’s economic future.

On a conference call with student newspapers, Guggenheim stated, “We are very excited about this contest announcement because there is so much potential here to generate real grassroots support to fix our broken immigration system.  I have been moved by the stories I've seen in making this movie and believe that a documentary can change politics, but it takes people on the ground to demand real change.  This is a huge moment.  Now it is time for all of us to come together and make sure Congress takes the right steps to fix this problem.  We need to show them the urgency and by creating energy on campus, college students can play a key role.”