Youth activists give voice to NYC’s immigrants with May Day webcast

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2010

CONTACT: John Garcia, Director of Communications, 212-739-7513 or jgarcia@latinojustice.org


Young activists from the LatinoJustice Youth Civic Engagement Network will host a live, two-hour webcast from Union Square on Saturday May 1 to give voice to New York City’s immigrants.

LatinoJustice Live: Let’s Talk Immigration will cover events at the May 1 rally, reaction to Arizona’s recently passed anti-immigrant law, the DREAM Act and personal stories from immigrants and children of immigrants.

Six producers between the ages of 17 and 30 will be set up in Union Square Park and will be interviewing experts and attendees at the rally in order to give voice to the needs of immigrant communities across New York and the United States.

Equipped with laptops, webcams and flip cameras, the broadcast team will set up a mini-studio on the park benches off of 16th street and Union Square East and will tell the stories that give personal insight into the immigrant experience.

“We want to provide a platform for young activists to speak about the needs of our communities,” said Julia Gonzales, Coordinator of the LatinoJustice Youth Civic Engagement Network. “Immigration reform is an important issue that all of our voices need to be heard on, and we want to do our part to make sure that happens.”

Scheduled guests for the live broadcast include civil rights attorneys, college professors, and award-winning filmmakers. Young leaders from the Latin American Law Students Association, the New York State Youth Leadership Council, the New York Civil Liberties Union, New York University, Columbia University, John Jay College, and across the five boroughs are slated to appear.

“At a time when Latinos are facing a barrage of prejudice in this country, it is great to see that there are so many young activists leading the fight for justice and equal opportunity,” said Cesar Perales, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. “Young people have made it clear that they are an invaluable part of the immigration reform movement.”

The broadcast can be seen live on May 1 from noon to 2 pm on the LatinoJustice website (www.latinojustice.org) or on the LatinoJustice Live channel on USTREAM (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/latinojustice-prldef-presents). You can also follow the group’s activities all day long on twitter @latinojustice.

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