Rocketship Stands With Dreamers / Rocketship está del lado de los dreamers

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by Preston Smith
Co-Founder and CEO, Rocketship Public Schools

Dear Rocketeer families,

All of us at Rocketship are outraged by President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In six months, more than 800,000 young adults who came out of the shadows for the promise of a path to citizenship could lose their student and work visas and are at risk of deportation. Our families, students, alumni, staff, and communities are directly threatened by this action.

We proudly stand with our DREAMers and will continue to fight for them. This fight is at the core of our Rocketship movement. It’s a fight for equality for all children.

(version español abajo)

All Rocketship campuses are safe school zones. Last spring, the Rocketship Board of Directors passed a resolution that designates all our schools as safe places for all families. This resolution provides additional protection to prevent immigration officials from coming on campus or accessing student records without the express approval of Rocketship leadership. We are committed to ensuring that our Rocketeers and families continue to thrive in a safe place for all students, regardless of immigration status.

Pressure Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017. We are mobilizing our network and supporters to ACT NOW and demand that Congress pass the Dream Act of 2017. DREAMers are a vital part of our network, our community, our movement, and our nation. Like we tell our students, your voice matters. Be loud and proud in your support of DREAMers. Tell Congress to pass the Dream Act before March 5. 

Public action to advocate for our immigrant communities. This winter, Rocketship parent leaders in the Bay Area are planning to lead a public action on immigration. The forum will be a safe space for our community to engage elected officials in a public discussion about immigrant rights and demonstrate our collective strength in demanding that they continue to advocate for our DREAMers and community.  Look for more information later this year and help ensure that our voices are heard by our public officials.

We have all worked so hard to build incredible schools that are transforming our neighborhoods and cities. We will not let our families be dismantled or scared back into the shadows. Rocketship stands together with each of you. We must seize the moment, mobilize our community, and continue to fight for equality.

If you are concerned about your rights, please go to your school’s front office for a free bilingual immigrant rights resource card. If you want to learn how to support our immigrant families, what to do if you’re a DACA recipient, or have other concerns, we encourage you to visit the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. As always, please feel free to reach out to me directly or your principal.

We are all Rocketeers!


Estimado padre o guardián legal,

Todos nosotros en Rocketship estamos indignados por la decisión del Presidente Trump de terminar el programa de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA). En seis meses, más de 800.000 jóvenes que salieron de las sombras con la promesa de un camino hacia la ciudadanía, podrían perder sus visas de trabajo y estudiantiles, y están en riesgo de deportación. Nuestras familias, estudiantes, ex-alumnos, empleados y comunidades están directamente amenazadas por esta acción. Orgullosamente expresamos nuestra solidaridad con nuestros DREAMers y seguiremos luchando por ellos. Nuestro movimiento está centrado en esta lucha. Es una lucha por la equidad de todos los niños.

Todas las escuelas de Rocketship son lugares seguros. En primavera, la Junta Directiva Nacional de Rocketship aprobó una resolución afirmando que las escuelas de Rocketship son zonas escolares seguras para todos los estudiantes. Esta resolución provee protección adicional para impedir que las autoridades migratorias llegan al campus o accedan a los archivos de estudiantes sin la aprobación expresa del liderazgo de Rocketship. Estamos comprometidos a garantizar que todos nuestros Rocketeers y sus familias continúen prosperando en un lugar seguro para todos los estudiantes, independientemente de su estatus migratorio.

Presionar al Congreso para pasar el Dream Act (Acto de Sueño) de 2017. Estamos movilizando a nuestras redes y aliados para ACTUAR YA y exigir que el Congreso apruebe el Dream Act de 2017.  Los DREAMers son una parte vital de nuestra comunidad, nuestro movimiento y nuestra nación. Como le decimos a nuestros estudiantes, su voz es importante. Sea fuerte y orgulloso en  su apoyo a los DREAMers. Dígale al Congreso que apruebe el Dream Act de 2017

Acción pública para abogar por nuestras comunidades de inmigrantes. Este invierno, los padres líderes de Rocketship en el Área de la Bahía tienen planeada una acción pública sobre la inmigración. El foro será un espacio seguro donde nuestra comunidad podrá iniciar un diálogo público con los oficiales electos sobre los derechos de los inmigrantes y demostrar nuestra fuerza colectiva en exigir que siguen abogando por nuestros DREAMers y nuestra comunidad. Esté atento para más información este año y ayude a asegurar que nuestras voces sean escuchadas por nuestros funcionarios públicos.

Todos hemos trabajado duramente para construir escuelas increíbles con el fin de transformar a nuestros barrios y ciudades. No dejaremos que nuestras familias sean desmanteladas o asustadas. Rocketship está del lado de cada uno de ustedes. Debemos aprovechar el momento, movilizar y seguir luchando por la igualdad. Si está preocupado por sus derechos, por favor vaya a la oficina de su escuela a por una tarjeta bilingüe gratuita de recursos sobre derechos de inmigrantes. Si desea aprender cómo usted puede apoyar a nuestras familias inmigrantes, qué hacer si es recipiente de DACA, u otras preocupaciones, le recomendamos que visite al Centro de Recursos Legales para Inmigrantes. Como siempre, no dude en comunicarse conmigo directamente o con su principal.

¡Todos somos Rocketeers!

 


Preston co-founded Rocketship Public Schools in San Jose in 2006. Prior to founding Rocketship, Preston was founder and Principal of L.U.C.H.A. Elementary School, part of the Alum Rock Unified School District in San Jose, CA. After its first three years of operation, L.U.C.H.A. was the fourth highest performing low-income elementary school in California. Preston began his career in education as a Teach for America (TFA) Corps member at Clyde Arbuckle Elementary School (CA). In 2003, Preston was named “Teacher of the Year” at Arbuckle and was also nominated as one of six finalists for TFA’s Sue Lehmann award, given to TFA corps members with the highest classroom academic gains in the nation. Preston is also an Aspen New Schools Fellow. He lives in San Jose with his wife and two children who attend Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep.

 

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