Support and Pass the CA Dream Act!
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California Governor

Support and Pass the CA Dream Act!

    1. Petition by

      California Dream Network

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October 2011

Victory

Every year, about 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools and 40 percent of them reside in California. But in California, those students were blocked from accessing financial aid to further their studies—something that resulted in thousands of would-be college graduates not furthering their educations. Now, thanks to more than 12,400 supporters who signed a petition, made calls, and demanded equal access to education in California, the state will see thousands and thousands of new graduates each year.

The full California DREAM Act ensures that undocumented students in the state can apply for and receive private and public financial aid. From the beginning, the bill faced enormous hurdles, as misinformation flowed, the bill was tied up in committee and seemed like it wouldn’t reach the floor for a vote in time, and, finally, lingered on the governor’s desk as it awaited a signature.

But students from the California Dream Network mobilized around the petition, organized personal deliveries around the state, and encouraged supporters to make daily calls to legislators and the governor to make sure that the dreams of so many Californians would not be overlooked. It worked: On October 8, 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 131, the final half of the California Dream Network, into law!

 

UPDATE: On Monday, August 25th, Governor Jerry Brown signed the slimmer portion of the California Dream Act (AB 130) into law during a visit to Los Angeles. On September 4th, 2011 the California State Assembly approved AB 131 - the second half of the CA Dream Act and sent it over to Governor Brown's desk for signature. Now, Governor Brown has until October 9th to sign or veto AB 131. We thank you for your support and urge you to take action.

Call Governor Brown and Ask Him to Sign the DreamAct
Take action right now:

Call 916-445-2841

Press 1 for English

Then press 2

Then press 1

Lastly, press 1 to vote YES for AB 131 - The CA DREAM ACT!

If you get a busy signal - please keep trying!

 

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Every year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools across the nation with 40 percent of them residing in the state of California.

A significant number of these hard-working immigrant youth are student body presidents, honor students, community leaders,  outstanding athletes, and aspiring professionals who desire to pursue and complete a higher education and contribute back to their communities. However, due to their immigration status undocumented students are unable to access state or federal financial aid and thus cannot pursue their higher educational goals. 

The CA Dream Act (AB130 and AB131) is common sense legislation that must be enacted into law to provide equal access to higher education to all California students.

AB 130 would allow students who meet in-state tuition requirements to apply for and receive scholarships derived from non-state funds, while AB 131 would provide Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver, Institutional Student Aid, and Cal Grants. Both, AB 130 and AB 131 would ensure that California’s investment in the education of immigrant youth continues beyond K-12 by granting hard-working undocumented youth the opportunity to pursue and achieve their higher educational goals and thus create a more educated, innovative and competitive workforce.

At a time when the economic projections for the state of California suggest that by 2025, two of every five jobs will require a college graduate, we must ensure that all California students have equal access to higher education.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Major Victory! California Dream Act Signed Into Law

      Today, thousands of California students woke up and saw possibilities that didn’t exist before: the possibility to become tech sector leaders, environmental problem solvers, business owners, and to forge a better future for the state they call...

    2. Major Victory! California Dream Act Signed Into Law

      Today, thousands of California students woke up and saw possibilities that didn’t exist before: the possibility to become tech sector leaders, environmental problem solvers, business owners, and to forge a better future for the state they call home. This is because the second half of the California Dream Act (AB131) was signed into law on Saturday, allowing undocumented students who have grown up in California a chance to apply for financial aid and attend college.

    3. Final Push for the CA Dream Act - AB 131!!

      Time is running out!! Governor Brown has until October 9th to sign AB 131 - the California Dream Act Part II.

      If YOU ARE an Educator, Business Owner, Religious Leader, College Graduate, or other Professional PLEASE urge Gov. Brown to pass AB 131 by reading the petition and adding your name to the list of signatories: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2119/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8269

      PETITION SIGNATURES will be delivered in-person to Governor Brown no later than Friday.

      There are TWO other ways to pressure Governor Brown to sign this important piece of legislation.

      FIRST: share the petition link with five educators, religious leaders, elected officials, business owners, college graduates, and other professionals.

      SECONDLY: Call Governor Brown and Ask Him to Sign the CA Dream Act
      - Call 916-445-2841
      - Press 1 for English
      - Then press 2
      - Then press 1
      - Lastly, press 1 to vote YES for AB 131 - The CA DREAM ACT!
      - If you get a busy signal - please keep trying!

    4. More than 10,500 Change.org Petitions Delivered to Governor Jerry Brown

      Part two of the complete California Dream Act, which would ensure undocumented students in the state are able to financially access higher education, has cleared enormous hurdles and passed in both the state Senate and House.
      Now, the future of...

    5. Reached 10,000 signatures
    6. California Dream Act goes to Gov. Jerry Brown

      Latest article, "California Dream Act goes to Gov. Jerry Brown" in the SF Gate -- "Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, introduced the bill and said that it is necessary to ensure that California has an educated workforce in the future..."

    7. Progress! AB 131 Passes Senate-- Keep the Pressure On!

      Did you hear the great news? The second and most critical half of the CA Dream Act just passed the CA Senate 22-11. It now heads back to the Assembly for what's called "concurrence," then to Gov. Brown's desk. Let's hit 10k signatures this week!

    8. Reached 9,000 signatures
    9. California Dream Act Closer to Reality, But More Calls Needed Immediately

      If the California Dream Act doesn’t pass, says California Dream Network member Justino Mora, California will have one million less bachelor’s degrees by 2025. Though the first half of the bill, which makes it easier for undocumented students to...

    10. LA Times' Steve Lopez on California Dream Act, Diego's Story

      "Diego, 23, doesn't see the recently signed law as an answer to his problems, but he welcomes the 'step forward.'"

    11. Reached 8,000 signatures
    12. Passing the Full California Dream Act: Actions You Can Take Now

      On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 130, one half of a package of bills known as the California Dream Act, into state law. That law, which grants undocumented students access to private scholarships, expands the definition of AB 540 (which...

    13. Take Action with the California Dream Bear :)

      Check out the "California Dream Bear" roundup of top actions to take this week to make sure all California students can access a college education and give back to their communities -- it's time to ramp up the pressure for AB 131!

    14. Reached 7,500 signatures
    15. New Comment from Change.org Member Marcia Quinones

      "I am a consistent voter, a citizen and taxpayer. I ask that you pass the entire Dream Act package of bills so that our undocumented students can access... financial aid and can pursue higher education goals. Our economy and society deserves this."

    16. Progress! Governor Signs First Half of California Dream Act Into Law

      A few moments ago, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 130, one half of a package of bills known as the California Dream Act, into law. The law grants undocumented students in the state access to private scholarships to help defray the cost of...

    17. Gov. Brown to sign AB 130 after 5,000 letters (since Friday!)

      Since Friday, 5,000 people have contacted Gov. Jerry Brown through the California Dream Network's petition. Today, Brown announced that he will sign the first 1/2 of the CA DREAM Act, AB 130! Now, the fight's on for 131! Spread the word & THANKS :)

    18. Reached 7,000 signatures
    19. Spread the word on Facebook!

      We just sent an email to our California supporters, asking them to tell Governor Brown and the CA Senate to pass the full DREAM Act, now! Want to help spread the word? Click "Share" once you've signed, & post the link on your friends' walls. Thanks!

    20. Reached 2,000 signatures
    21. Progress! Senate Passes One Part of the California Dream Act

      Earlier today, the California state Senate passed AB 130, one component of a package of bills known as the California Dream Act, in a vote of 26 to 11. The bill, introduced by state Senator Gil Cedillo, would allow undocumented students who qualify...

    22. One half of the CA Dream Act passed the Senate today! Vote of 26-11

      Congrats to all who worked to make sure that California passed the first half of the CA Dream Act, AB 130, today! Now, let's make sure to push for the FULL CA Dream Act -- share this petition to make sure AB 131 passes, too. Amazing work, everyone!

    23. BREAKING: Part of California Dream Act headed to Senate floor

      "One of two bills that make up what’s referred to as the California Dream Act is now on its way to the Senate floor." Please sign and spread the word on Facebook -- it's time we passed the CA DREAM Act!

    24. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Fabby Monroe SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      yay!!!!!!

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    • Kimia Mohammadi SARATOGA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      let's make this HAPPEN!

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    • Perla Montes ALISO VIEJO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because i want to support the dream act!

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    • Winston Pena MORRISVILLE, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because i would really like it if us born immigrants could be able to get their citizenship and actually be able to go to college.

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    • alex pangborn NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      my friend isnt getting financial aid just because she wasnt born here and it sucks

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