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- By Sufia Alam: Campus Editor

On Wednesday, students and community members gathered outside UAB’s Hill Student Center to unite in solidarity for those affected by the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was enacted in 2012 by former President Barack Obama’s administration.

On Tuesday, Sept. 5. President Donald Trump announced that his administration would bring an end to the DACA program in six months to allow Congress to implement a new legislative solution that will directly affect 800,000 college students and their immigration status.

UAB student organizations such as Spanish and Latino Student Association and Sigma Lamda Gamma, Psi Epsilon Chapter gathered outside the Hill Student Center to raise awareness on the issue. 

“DACA is what allowed me step outside the shadows and become the reason why my mother came to America,” said Diana Martinez-Garcia, senior in public health.

Students and members of the community gathered in union and shared personal experiences of being granted DACA approval. Students shared memories from being able to start college for the first time to being able to receive a valid driver’s license. 

Mayor William Bell attended and shared words of support.

“The dreamers have always been here,” Bell said. “They’re individuals that only know one country and that’s the United States of America.”

Sufia Alam can be reached at sufiaalam@uab.edu.

Aura and Real Life Poets host 2nd annual Spoken Truth Poetry Festival

Join us for a full day of artistry and workshops at the Spoken Truth Poetry Festival on April 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UAB’s Hill Student Center. Admission is free for all attendees. Aura Literary Arts Review (UAB) and Real Life Poets, Inc. have partnered to bring an array of activities to this year’s poetry festival, including a variety of workshops, a poetry slam, and a special poetry showcase highlighting spoken word performers in the region. Workshops begin at 1 p.m. with topics varying from the art of performing poetry, how to become a published author, and how to create your own handmade magazine.

Poetry slam participants must be between the ages of 15 and 21. The poetry slam begins at 5 p.m., followed by the poetry showcase at 6:30 p.m. We believe that art is a vital form of expression that develops independence, enhances creative and critical thinking, and encourages higher order thinking such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Art crosses cultural boundaries and breaks down social, religious and racial barriers. UAB’s Aura Literary Arts Review and Real Life Poets, Inc. aim to encouraging artistic expression, especially amongst the youth and young adults in our community who will someday help activate and bring about change in our world. So be prepared to enjoy a monumental day of truth and expression!

*To register to attend the workshops or participate in the poetry slam, visit www.uab.edu/studentmedia.com. For media inquiries only, contact 205.585.8271 or email info@reallifepoets.org




Spoken Truth Poetry Festival April 14 workshops begin at 1pm and continue until 5pm where the poetry slam and showcase will begin

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