This Thursday, June 20th, Organizing for Action (OFA) will be hosting a viewing party of the documentary "The Dream is Now", at the Holiday Club Uptown (4000 N Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60613) from 7-8:30 PM.
From the Documentary's website:
The Dream is Now is a new 30-minute documentary that's being made in real time, as this debate is unfolding, by Academy Award-winning director, Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for 'Superman', An Inconvenient Truth). The Dream is Now gives voice to and puts a human face on the undocumented children of immigrants who are desperate to earn their citizenship and give back to the only country they've ever called "home." The film also goes beyond the personal. It places these stories in a larger context and explores the consequences of continuing our current policies and maintaining the status quo – consequences not just for these young people today, but for our country's future.
Both moving and thought-provoking, The Dream is Now brings this pressing issue to America's attention, where we can all debate, discuss, and decide for ourselves what is right, what is fair, and what is best for our nation.
While passing Immigration Reform is an unquestionable moral imperative-as this film underscores- the economic benefits of doing so, both locally and nationally, further illustrate the cost, and frankly lunancy, of inaction, or misplaced opposition (I'm talking to you Mr. Kirk).
For Illinois alone:
- $30.4 Billion increase in GSP (Gross State Product)
- $16.3 Billion increase in wages for state residents
- 4,400 new jobs - annually
- $1.6 Billion in additional taxes from immigrants
Considering the moral and economic arguments, it's not hard to see why in Illinois, Labor Unions, religious leaders, Top CEOs , University Presidents, oh and over 80% of residents, support Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
(Feel free to ask Sen. Kirk why he doesn't: 202-224-2854)
So again, please join us tomorrow at the Holiday Club Uptown at 7 PM, and show your support for Immigration Reform---because the #TimeIsNow.
Be Good Friends,