67 Sueños was born out of the recognition that 67 percent of migrant youth would be excluded from the DREAM ACT, a federal bill aimed at providing young migrants who arrived to the U.S. at an early age a path to legalization. Our goal is to raise underprivileged migrant youth voices to expand the platform of legislative possibilities. Youth experience 67 Sueños as a family. The program creates safe spaces where young people can engage in healing circles and foster deep relationships with peers, adults, and community leaders. Youth learn organizing and advocacy skills, lead campaigns, participate and coordinate community actions, host public events, and engage in an intensive mural creation process derived from the real experiences of the community surrounding them. Their efforts are designed to create local and national immigration policies that go beyond the “legal/illegal” discourse and humanize the victims of a broken immigration system.
This mural celebrates the immigration victories that have been won through the strength and endurance of the community.