Education Is A Right! Support the Maryland Dream Act

Last night I went to an organizing meeting for A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition’s campaign to support the MD Dream Act and fight against a “repeal referendum” that will be on the ballot in November 2012 in Maryand.    The Maryland Dream Act passed in 2011 and gives undocumented Maryland high-school students the ability to apply for in-state tuition rates if they are accepted to a public college and meet other criteria, including requirement to have attended high school in MD for at least 3 years, and proof that parents paid MD taxes for the same period.   Many states are taking up the Dream Act on their own, since the federal Dream Act has stalled.   The meeting organizers reported on the effort to repeal the MD Dream Act via a public referendum – organized by what they say are racist anti-immigrant groups.  In July the State Board of Elections announced that opponents had succeeded in gathering the necessary petition signatures to get the repeal measure on the ballot, and as a result its implementation has been put on hold pending referendum result.  There is a lawsuit filed to block the referendum measure by Dream Act advocacy groups, stating that the Dream Act is an appropriations bill and cannot be put to referendum.   A.N.S.W.E.R. is organizing a demonstration against the main leader of repeal referendum, MD Delegate Pat McDonough, who is speaking to Dream Act opponents this Saturday at Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville.   Supporters of the Maryland Dream Act are asked to sign a pledge to “Vote No” to the referendum in November.  For more information on the demonstration this Saturday contact dreamact@answercoalition.org.

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