MONDAY: Senators, Faith, Education, Business, and Community Leaders Speak Out for Dreamers at Story-Sharing Marathon on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, December 4, the Center for American Progress Action Fund and are partnering to host a story-sharing marathon from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET behind the House Triangle on Capitol Hill. Leaders from the faith, education, business, and advocacy communities will come together for a six-hour readout of Dreamer testimonials to highlight how the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been transformative for 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children.

The story-sharing marathon comes just days before Congress is slated to vote on a spending bill that could be used to fund the deportations of Dreamers whose protections will begin to expire starting on March 6. Without a permanent legislative solution in place, more than 1,700 Dreamers will lose work authorization every single work day between March and November 2018, making them a priority for deportation. Over the course of two years, roughly 800,000 hardworking young people could lose protections, be ripped away from their families and deported to countries they may not even remember, costing the U.S. economy billions of dollars.

Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund and this Monday, December 4 at 10:00 a.m. ET behind the House Triangle on Capitol Hill to hear these leaders speak out and share the stories of why Dreamers need the Dream Act now. Members of the press can RSVP to Rafael Medina at or Leezia Dhalla at .


10:00 a.m.: Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress Action Fund

10:05 a.m.: Todd Schulte, President,

10:10 a.m.: Maria Praeli, Immigration Policy Associate,, and Claudia Flores, Immigration Campaign Manager, Center for American Progress Action Fund

10:25 a.m.: Andrea Senteno, Legislative Staff Attorney, MALDEF

10:40 a.m.: Lorella Praeli, Director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns, American Civil Liberties Union

10:55 a.m.: Isabel J. Sanchez, Policy Advocate, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

11:10 a.m.: Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK Lobby

11:25 a.m.: Tom Jawetz, Vice President, Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress Action Fund

11:25 a.m.: Claudia Morera, Organizing Manger, Voto Latino

11:40 a.m.: Ignacia Rodriguez, Immigration Policy Advocate, National Immigration Law Center

11:55 a.m.: Rob Randhava, Senior Counsel, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

12:10 p.m.: Speaker TBD, MomsRising

12:25 p.m.: Lily Eskelsen García, President, National Education Association

12:40 p.m.: Beatriz Lopez, Immigration Hub

12:55 p.m.: Gaby Pacheco, DACA recipient, Program Director, TheDream.Us

1:10 p.m.: Hector E. Sanchez, Chair, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

1:25 p.m.: Hannah Graf Evans, Legislative Representative, Immigration and Domestic Policy, Friends Committee on National Legislation

1:40 p.m.: Arelis Palacios, Associate Director for Undocumented Student Services, Director of Group Initiatives, David Molk, Assistant Teaching, Professor, Georgetown University students and faculty

1:55 p.m.: Janet Murguía, President, UnidosUS

2:25 p.m.: DACA recipients, United We Dream

2:45 p.m.: Viridiana CarrizalesManaging Director, DACA Corps Member Support, Teach for America

3:00 p.m.: Speaker TBD, LULAC

3:00 p.m.: Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)

3:15 p.m.: Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD)

3:15 p.m.: Anna Duncan, Campaign Organizer, We Belong Together, National Domestic Workers Alliance

3:30 p.m.: Speaker TBD, Southern Borders Communities Coalition

3:45 p.m.: Janna Rios, National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association

4:00 p.m.: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)

5:00 p.m.: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Final stories and closing remarks, CAP Action and


Monday, December 4, 2017
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET


Area 10, behind the House Triangle, U.S. Capitol Hill

For more information, please contact Rafael Medina at or Leezia Dhalla at .