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Trail of Dreams Story

In Spring 010 on January 28, 2010 at 4:35 am

Four students from Miami-Dade will be passing through Gainesville tomorrow en route to Washington, D.C. on a walking campaign, a crusade to raise awareness and influence the passage of legislation to provide undocumented students with education opportunities.

I met with members of CHISPAS, the Coalition of Hispanics Integrating Spanish sPeakers through Advocacy and Service at UF, to discuss the event and what it means to them.

They graciously allowed me to interrupt the first 15 minutes of their meeting and speak to everyone present about family stories and the bigger picture. Talking to the members, it was clear that though this is an emotional issue, the bedrock of their work is social justice and human rights, and the spearhead of much of their work is education and dialogue. Even if you don’t agree with them, they want to talk to you. Ignorance is their biggest enemy.

From a journalistic standpoint, this was a great way to get views of several people in a sort of roundtable format. One person would answer a particular aspect of an issue which would spark a different angle of the question to be addressed by someone else.

Thanks to all I interviewed, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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