Close

Rally For Immigration Reform

April 11, 2013

While Tens of Thousands Rally For Immigration Reform, Key Legislators Watch Premiere of The Dream Is Now at the Capital

MSNBC to Air Documentary Directed by Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim About America’s Broken Immigration System on Sunday, April 14; Live Panel Featuring Guggenheim and Immigration Reform Advocates to Take Place Following Documentary

Washington, DC -- While tens of thousands of people raised their voice for immigration reform in front of the nation's capital yesterday, key legislators watched the stories of five Dreamers unfold on a movie screen at the Capitol for the premiere of Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s ("Waiting for Superman" and "An Inconvenient Truth") new documentary, The Dream is Now, which was shown in House and Senate screenings. The film Dream tells the stories of undocumented youth and their families who are desperate to earn their citizenship in the only country they've ever called home, the United States of America. The 30-minute film was created to keep the focus on Congress to pass immigration reform. The main subjects from the film participated in panels with campaign representatives and policymakers following the screenings. To view the trailer, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUx62UBoOoU.

The Dream is Now (www.thedreamisnow.org) campaign also announced that the film exploring America’s broken immigration system will air on MSNBC Sunday, April 14 at 4pm/ET, 1pm/PT.

“With Congress in the process of drafting legislation to fix our broken immigration system, the time is right for the public to watch Dream which we made to put a human face on this issue, said Guggenheim. “It has been exciting to be in Washington, DC this week with the subjects from the film and to see the reactions of our nation’s leaders. Now it is time for the public to take this film and show it in their own communities. We made Dream for that purpose and are encouraging people to use it. Show it. The time is now!”

During a panel following a Senate screening, Laurene Powell Jobs, Chair of Emerson Collective, turned to the four Dreamers in the film and said, “When I watch the film and look at your faces, it strengthens my commitment even more to doing everything possible to pass immigration reform."

Following the premiere of the film on MSNBC, the Dream is Now campaign will host screenings – with some followed by panels -- on college campuses and in communities across the country as part of the campaign to make sure the principles of the Dream Act are included in immigration reform legislation. Confirmed dates include April 19, Brooklyn, NY; April 19, Miami, FL; April 23, Palo Alto, CA; and May 3, Los Angeles, with more being scheduled. The campaign, spearheaded by the Emerson Collective, an organization founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, and Davis Guggenheim, is urging the public to sign its online petition in support of immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for America’s immigrants.

At the screenings, policymakers congratulated the campaign on an emotional film that they encouraged the public to screen in their own communities. Rep Joaquin Castro stated, "I believe we are going to accomplish comprehensive immigration reform in 2013. It is in the hands of Congress, but the public is right to keep the pressure and stay civically involved.  Like the film says, contact your representatives, particularly as news reports come out about members who are holding out. Let Congress know your opinion. People listen and care about what you think here. Show this film in your community.  This is the year to get it done."

For more information on the campaign visit:

www.thedreamisnow.org
twitter.com/TheDreamisNow
www.facebook.com/thedreamisnow

About The Dream Is Now

The Dream is Now is an effort of concerned citizens who believe we need to fix America’s broken immigration system, giving undocumented youth and their families the chance to earn their citizenship. The campaign supports common sense immigration reform that includes the principles of the DREAM Act and welcomes everyone —documented and undocumented alike—to tell their stories in words, art, video or photos on the campaign web site -- and sign our petition calling for Congress to pass immigration reform. The time is right. The Dream is now.