“Dream Summer” is the first national internship program for Dream Act student leaders. The program aims to build on the extraordinary courage and leadership demonstrated by the undocumented students who championed the national Dream Act movement in 2010.
The Leading Edge Fund is a new $2 million fund created to seed, incubate and accelerate bold ideas from the next generation of progressive movement leaders in California. Launched by the Rosenberg Foundation in partnership with the Hellman Foundation, the Leading Edge Fund is awarding $225,000 over three years to each of eight fellows who are tackling deep barriers to opportunity for communities of color and low-income communities.
Recently, President Trump issued executive orders targeting immigrants, refugees and Muslims that will take us back to shameful chapters of our history, not move us forward. In the face of threats and attacks on our deepest values, we must redouble our commitment. We must fight any effort to roll back sanctuary protections for immigrant families and communities. We must resist attempts to turn us against one another or to exploit fears of those who look or worship differently than we do. We must say no to using local law enforcement to tear families apart, and stand against any policy that denies talented young immigrants their dreams.
Immigrants’ rights is a critical economic issue. In California, nearly 10 million immigrants call the state home. Immigrant workers comprise more than one-third of California’s labor force, and about one in 10 workers in the state is an undocumented immigrant. This is also a public safety issue. Pushing immigrants back into the shadows by driving a wedge of fear between immigrants and law enforcement puts every community at risk. Above all, however, it is a human rights issue. Immigrants are our neighbors, co-workers, family members, and friends. They are us. And we refuse to leave them to the mercy of cruel, unjust and unconstitutional immigration policies.