On June 1, the California Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of AB 130, a bill that would provide financial aid for undocumented college students who already qualify for in-state tuition. The bill is now headed to the Senate. "First and foremost, the DREAM act would give access to students who would have a difficult time financing an education," says Jesus Guzman, co-director of DREAM Act Alliance of Sonoma County.
The DREAM Act Alliance helps present "Lighting the Torch," a march and rally. "DREAMers"—students who would benefit from the act—will carry a literal torch through 15 cities, from Los Angeles to Sacramento. Assemblymember Michael Allen will be a keynote speaker in Santa Rosa.
"We haven't had much in the way of action in support of the DREAM Act in the North Bay," says Guzman. The march starts on Thursday, July 7, at the SRJC Library. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 4pm. March concludes with rally at Courthouse Square at 5pm.
The Marin Peace and Justice Center co-sponsors "In the Tank? Jobs, the Economy and Our Future," a panel discussion centered around the national budget, war funding, threats to retirement benefits and media disinformation. Panelists include the North Bay Labor Council's Lisa Maldonado, Alternet senior editor Joshua Holland and author and congressional candidate Norman Solomon.
Join the discussion on Thursday, June 30, at the San Rafael City Council Chambers. 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 6:30pm. Free. 707.393.1948.