HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND LOCOS POR JUANA PAY TRIBUTE TO AMERICA AND PUSH FOR CONGRESS TO PASS A CLEAN DREAM ACT THROUGH #WEDREAMAMERICA INCLUDING VIDEO OF NATIONAL ANTHEM
WASHINGTON, DC (December 14, 2017) — The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), GRAMMY-and-Latin-GRAMMY-Nominated Band Locos por Juana, and Filmmaker Milcho have developed the campaign #WeDreamAmerica in tribute to the patriotism, appreciation and great promise immigrants have for the United States with a big part of that promise being the impact of the DREAMer community. Through the #WeDreamAmerica campaign, HHF and Locos por Juana urge Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act as well as call on Mayors to declare DREAMer Days through the end of the year.
As part of the effort, a video of Locos por Juana’s vibrant interpretation of the National Anthem (in English) is now available, watch here! Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), American Federation of Teachers and other organizations supported the #WeDreamAmerica effort. “I feel deeply honored to be a part of the #WeDreamAmerica project and have the opportunity to share our version of the National Anthem,” shared Itawe Correa, lead singer for Locos por Juana. “But, most importantly, because we are able to be a voice for so many DREAMers and immigrants who love America.”
There are more than 3 million Dreamers in the country with about 1.8 million eligible if a DREAM Act is passed. The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) provides a path to citizenship to youth who were brought to the US as children without documentation. DREAMers are American in every way except on paper. A Washington Post/ABC survey found 86 percent of Americans support DREAMers. http://hispanicheritage.org/programs/public-awareness/
“The #WeDreamAmerica campaign is fueled by the love, appreciation and great promise immigrants have for the United States, which we all call home,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation who immigrated from Nicaragua. “A big part of that promise lies in the hands of our DREAMer community. DREAMers represented veterans, entrepreneurs, owners, students and an important part of our workforce in the STEM fields, which our country desperately needs. We appreciate the tremendous talents of Locos por Juana who arranged and performed their version of our National Anthem with great respect, energy and love, they are much more than a band, they are activists for the love we are all capable of as well as a great big thank you to the inimitable Milcho for her powerful vision in bringing the project to life.”
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation inspires, prepares, and connects innovative leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the Latino community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles with satellite workspaces in New York, Silicon Valley, San Antonio, and Miami (visit www.HispanicHeritage.org). Follow HHF on Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT LOCOS POR JUANA
Locos por Juana is a GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY nominated bilingual Latin alternative fusion band, most notably recognized for their energetic live performance and unique fusion of Latin, Caribbean, and American rhythms. The band was formed in Miami, FL, in 2000 and consists of vocalist Itagui Correa, guitarist Mark Kondrat, drummer Javier Delgado and bass player Dave Pransky who form the nucleus of the group, joined by trombonist Lasim Richards and percussionist Carlos Palmet. (visit https://www.locosporjuana.com/).
Milcho is a video artist who has on-going art shows and exhibits locally & Internationally; a music video director who has been nominated for a VMA; a television director who has had her work nominated for EMMY’s; and presently directing the “Imagen Award” winning reality series for MTV tr3s called “Quiero mis Quince” and “Quiero mi Boda.” She is also a voting member of the Grammys (visit http://www.milcho.com/).
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