On Thursday November 5th, Women’s Center Ambassadors Erika Sanchez and Amber Domond, lead Eastern in hosting its first ever Immigrant Rights Speak Up Speak Out in the Student Center Lobby. Leaders of organizations from Connecticut Students for a Dream, Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance, United Action Connecticut, and The Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission spoke on issues affecting the undocumented immigrant community and ways we can take action to fight for their rights and become involved in the movement.

Undocumented students shared their personal stories and truths of their journey coming to the United States and the hardships of what it means to be undocumented while trying to pursue a higher education. These are students who have the drive, dedication, and intelligence to do anything they set their minds to. They are using their voices to reclaim their truths and their identities.

These speakers’ narratives were heard throughout the crowd and their experiences impacted the crowd in a profound way.

Amber, a co-organizer of the event said, “What really inspired me was that the crowd stayed and listened to the stories instead of leaving and actually put down their information to get involved with the cause.”

This Speak Out helped bring awareness to the community and open up this much needed conversation. This was a great step in a long journey where there is still much work to be done.

The fight has just begun.

For more information on CT Students for a Dream or if you want to know more contact:

sancheze@my.easternct.edu

Post Contributor: Erika Sanchez