Market Capitalization in the Nation’s Capital
By Rob Kleiman
The DC Community is still waiting for Wal-Mart to agree to provide a living wage for the workers they plan to hire in the district.
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, intends to build four new stores in the District of Columbia.
The Proposed Locations:
Georgia and Missouri Avenue NW
801 New Jersey Avenue NW
New York and Bladensburg Road NE
East Capitol and 58th Streets SE
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Hundreds of Dreamers and their allies from all over the US gathered in Washington June 28, to attend a two-day rally in support of the federal DREAM Act bill that grants undocumented students an opportunity to obtain legal status if they attend college or the military.
“All we want to do is to be recognized as Americans and be able to work and serve the country we call home,” said Kim, a Dreamer.
On the first day of the rally, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), “Father of the DREAM Act,” chaired the first senate hearing on the DREAM Act. The room was packed as dozens of Dreamers, in graduation cap and gowns came out to support the bill.
“We come out to D.C. from all over the country to show our support and show how important this is for, not only for us, but for America, so we can contribute and we don’t have our talents wasted,” Kim said.
After the hearing several Dreamers and their allies knocked on Senate doors and told Senators their stories and handed them handwritten letters of why they should support the DREAM Act.
The following day a “Deportation Class of 2011” mock graduation was held, as students facing deportation spoke out about how hard they have worked in the US and how they are about to lose everything they have worked for.
Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who recently wrote about his illegal status, was the commencement speaker and spoke about the long battle ahead to change the way people think about immigration.
The students took to the streets of D.C. after the graduation, chanting “Obama, Obama, don’t deport my mama” and “down down with deportation, up-up with education” as they marched to rally in front of the White House, calling on Barack Obama to end deportation.