Dear Friends of White Snake Projects:
We wish you a happy and safe Juneteenth celebration as we renew our pledge to support and work for #BlackLivesMatter and towards a day when there is truly justice and equality for all.
We also want to celebrate the victory the Supreme Court has just granted DACA recipients—Dreamers—who were left in limbo after President Trump revoked the Dream Act. By a 5-4 decision, the Court, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, ruled that the Trump Administration’s revocation was arbitrary and capricious.
DACA protects over 600,000 Dreamers from deportation. Most Dreamers, who were brought to America by their parents as children, have never known their country of origin. Through the lifeline DACA provided, they’ve ventured out of a life in the shadows to get an education and jobs, start businesses, buy homes, pay taxes (almost $60 billion a year), and have 200,000 children of their own, children who are American citizens. Over 30,000 Dreamers are health care professionals who have served their fellow Americans during this pandemic.
When President Trump revoked DACA on September 5, 2017, White Snake Projects acted immediately. I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams was our response. Together with composer, Jorge Sosa, we created a work that gives our audience “a naked and unfiltered look at the problems facing immigrant communities in the United States that many have the privilege to ignore . . . one would be hard-pressed to attend [this opera] and not feel something new for the marginalized populations trying to make a better life for themselves in the United States.” (I Care If You Listen, October 2, 2019).
We’re overjoyed to celebrate this reprieve with Dreamers. We understand that it’s only temporary and that the Administration will try to abolish DACA again. But we’ll continue to fight through our art and at the ballot box.
To commemorate this win, we will be streaming I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams on our social media platforms. Stay tuned for dates and times.
Yours in strength, Cerise and all of us at White Snake Projects