VOICE Mission Statement:
We believe that immigrants and refugees of any status (and all other oppressed communities) hold basic human, civil, and educational rights. We engage youth to build power for the future, promote the education of communities, raise awareness for current immigrant issues, dispel myths about the immigrant community and the system that determines their status, and we are fully committed to the inclusion of all communities. We have a long term goal of social transformation.
Voices Of Immigrant Children for Education and Equality (VOICE) is an immigrant based youth group founded by three undocumented young women in the spring of 2009. These women were drawn together in the pursuit of finding others who were going through the same struggles as themselves; in particular their desperate desire for higher education, and the lack of opportunities being presented to them. However, there where other struggles to be dealt with: an inability to work legally, obtain a driver's license, travel, vote, and become citizens of the U.S.A. These young woman where determined to change this and find their way to freedom; as valued contributors to the U.S.VOICE is now mainly comprised of young people who migrated to the U.S. as children or infants with their parents. These young people are a growing coalition of individuals from many different races and backgrounds, of documented and undocumented status, as well as several allies, fighting for fairness, truth, and equality.
Our group is fighting for the reform of the current broken immigration system in order to open up a reasonable path to citizenship for all immigrants, and so that we can restore our countries well being and prosperity. We believe that it is unquestionably vital for this particular group of people to no longer be excluded from the basic rights promised in the United States constitution, "...life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness..." Our group is continuously educating the community about the inadequacy and ineffectiveness of our current immigration system while dispelling the falsities of all immigrant based myths, propaganda, or stereotypes. VOICE provides a safe space for immigrant youth and undocumented youth to share their personal stories and relate with their peers. We promote youth empowerment through all different kinds of actions or activism. We also hold open discussions at middle schools and high schools to give hope to undocumented students who might be considering dropping out of school, as well as encouraging ALL youth to graduate from high school and to continue their education. VOICE welcomes all voices to share their input and continue to help the movement grow.
Besides our immediate goals of passing reasonable, justified immigration reform and the DREAM Act, VOICE will always continue to help overcome racism and ignorance.
We will continue to:
-Hearten diversity and tolerance
-Fight for the rights of marginalized peoples
-Inspire youth to get involved in possitive ways with the law
-Promote education (personal, and among the community)
-Promote equal opportunity and basic human rights for all in a more prosperous, enlightened future
VOICE; Engaging youth, Educating the community, Committed to inclusion.
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