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C4D Dream Summit on the Green

Standing on the Green, you are not just in a location that has seen history, but also you are standing on the spot that has birthed movements still alive and growing today. It was here on the New Haven Green where the “Dream Summit” was held in 2010, initiating the biggest immigrant youth movement in the state. The organization, Connecticut Students for a Dream (or C4D), was led by undocumented twins Carolina and Camila Bortoletto. They were inspired by the national movement to pass the DREAM Act that was sweeping the nation. This federal legislation would have have granted legal status to certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and went to school here. As C4D states, “Although the DREAM Act failed to pass the Senate by five votes, we continued to fight to better the lives of undocumented students in Connecticut.”

The Dream Summit held here on the New Haven Green brought together undocumented youth, trained them on how to organize for immigrant rights, and gave them opportunities to tell their stories, hoping that enough voices would be heard to start a lasting movement -- and it did! In 2011, CT Students for a Dream fought a great battle, making their voices heard at the Capitol, and they were victorious. As a result, the legislature passed a bill guaranteeing undocumented students in-state tuition rates. In 2018, C4D had another powerful victory, when the Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation equalizing access to institutional aid for undocumented immigrant students. 

A movement that kicked-off right here on the New Haven Green, continues to fight for the rights of undocumented youth across the state.

A Peoples' History of the Hill
  1. The Hill Intro
  2. Long Wharf
  3. Directions to Jackson Newspaper Protest Site
  4. Jackson Newspaper Protest
  5. Directions to Trowbridge Square Park
  6. Trowbridge Square Park
  7. Directions to Evergreen Cemetery
  8. Evergreen Cemetery
  9. Directions to Lee High School
  10. Lee High School
  11. Directions to Oak Street Connector
  12. Oak Street Connector
  13. Directions to Temple Street Congregational Church
  14. Temple Street Congregational Church
  15. Directions to the Green (Columbus Day Protests)
  16. Columbus Day Protests
  17. UPDATE: Columbus Protest Victories
  18. Directions to the Green (Occupy Movement)
  19. Occupy Wall Street Movement
  20. Directions to the Green (CT Students for a Dream)
  21. C4D Dream Summit on the Green
  22. Directions to Amistad Memorial
  23. Amistad Memorial
  24. Directions to City Hall
  25. City Hall - Elm City Resident Card
  26. Directions to New Guinea
  27. New Guinea
  28. Directions to Superior Courthouse
  29. Superior Courthouse - Black Panther Trials
  30. Stay at the Courthouse
  31. Superior Courthouse - Support for Corey Menafee
  32. Directions Back to Trowbridge Square Park or Long Wharf
  33. End of the Hill Tour