Last November Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States largely because of the enthusiasm and strong turnout from Latino voters. This was the result of organising from within the Latino community and in particular a campaign by young undocumented students which forced Obama to defer deportations and create a pathway to citizenship.
I am delighted to announce that one of the young Latino organisers who spearheaded this campaign will be speaking at a HOPE not hate public meeting in London on Monday 11 February.
Carlos Saavedra is the national coordinator of United We Dream, the largest Latino youth organisation representating undocumented young people in the United States. Also known as the DREAMers, this group is one of the most exciting, innovative and successful immigrant rights groups in the US.
Here Carlos tell the story of the DREAMers in London on 11 February
Though only 27, Carlos is a veteran of the immigrant rights movement. Born in Peru, Carlos joined other undocumented students in his local high school in Boston to start a campaign to allow access to higher education when he was sixteen. Eleven years later and he is still campaigning.
Carlos has overseen the growth of the DREAMers from a loose coalition of seven groups to a national body with 52 members in 30 states and it was the strength of this network that helped forced President Obama to act. It was one of the biggest victories in the immigrant rights movement since 1986.
HOPE not hate is delighted to announce that Carlos, who was named as Activist of the Year in 2011 by The Nation magazine, will be speaking in London on Monday 11 February to tell the story of the DREAMers and begin a discussion about whether we can develop a similar progressive alliance over here.
Places are limited so please register your attendance.
We can learn so much from Carlos and the story of the DREAMers. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting