Short & Strong Film Competition

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We are ecstatic to announce The Cortos Y Fuertes / Short & Strong student film competition, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and UNITE HERE. Short and Strong is a film competition meant to create a space for youth to tell their immigrant stories.

This student film competition is meant for students of all ages. We want youth to be creative and resourceful, using whatever means accessible to create their stories (even cell phones).

We will have three age categories: 13 and below, 14 to 17, and 18 and over (so long as the individual is a student in high school, a GED program, community college, undergraduate graduate degree program or graduate degree program). There will be a 1st ($1,000) and 2nd ($500) place prize for each category, as well as a Most Viewed ($1,000) and Best Overall prize ($2,000).

This is not only a chance for participants to win cash prizes, but it is excellent opportunities to have their voices reach a distinguished panel of judges. These judges include Rosario Dawson, Dolores Huerta, Antonio Villaraigosa, Esai Morales, Danny Trejo and many more…

Submissions are done online at the short and strong web site and are DUE September 20, 2013.

For more information visit:
www.shortandstrong.com
www.facebook.com/ShortStrong
www.twitter.com/ShortandStrong1

Dream Team LA Week of Action

Part of United We Dreams week of action, Dream Team LA, IDEAS @ UCLA, NDLON, IDEPSCA, Immigrant Youth Coalition, CARECEN are collaborating for daily actions throughout the city of LA.

This week of action is going to help increase pressure on politicians and President Obama to pass a humane and comprehensive immigration reform bill, put a moratorium on all deportations and create a humane pathway to citizenship for all. Anything less than citizenship would leave million of families in limbo and condemn them to life in second-class status.

>>> CHECK BACK THROUGH OUT THE WEEK AS WE UPDATE LOCATIONS, TIMES AND MEETING POINTS FOR ACTIONS <<<

Dates and times for actions: 3/11 through 3/15 Monday 3/11: Banner dropping from 7AM-8AM, and again at 5PM-6PM at the following location: >> Off the 101 on Alameda North Bound and East Bound

Tuesday 3/12: Banner dropping from 7AM-8AM, and again at 5PM-6PM at the following location:

>> Off the 101 on Alameda North Bound and East Bound

Wednesday 3/13: Banner dropping from 7AM-8AM, and again at 5PM-6PM at the following location:

>> Off the 101 on Alameda North Bound and East Bound

* Additionally there will also be a street theater performance at 11am along with a press conference at Pershing Square (corner of 5th and Olive)

Thursday 3/14: Banner dropping from 7AM-8AM, and again at 5PM-6PM at the following location:

>> Off the 101 on Alameda North Bound and East Bound

* There will also be a phone banking action going on through out the day from 9AM through 12PM and from 2 through 4PM
at a yet to be announced location

Friday 3/15: Banner dropping from 7AM-8AM, and again at 5PM-6PM at the following locations:

>> Off the 101 on Alameda North Bound and East Bound

>> 110 North off “Dodger Stadium Way

>> 110 South off Wilshire

On the road to freedom: Mobilizing for fair & just immigration reform

We woke up early, way before the sun was up. We rode our bikes, took the bus, we drove, got rides from one another so that we could all come together and express our discontent with the current immigration policy. It was Monday, January 21. About 10 us gathered on the corner of Alameda and Aliso, in Downtown Los Angeles, still shivering from the cold dawn breeze. Continue reading