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The NC Dream Team
The NC Dream Team is a group of undocumented youth and allies fighting for the rights of the undocumented immigrant community in North Carolina. Meet the team in this ethnographic documentary that examines the social stigmas and civil and human rights struggles faced by undocumented immigrants in North Carolina. In this video, Viridiana Martinez discusses the moment when she first realized she was “undocumented.” Ally Justin Valas explains why photography is important to the movement. And the rest of the group march in Greensboro, N.C. This project was originally produced for a visual anthropology seminar at UNC-Chapel Hill; Archival footage is credited to CNN and Fox, and was used for educational purposes.
Activists at Work
The first act of civil disobedience by undocumented youth in the state of North Carolina took place in Charlotte in September 2012 and was led by the NC Dream Team. However this was not the first action undertook by the group. The Dream Team started when three founding members went on a 13-day hunger strike, camping outside Sen. Kay Hagan’s office in downtown Raleigh to pressure her to vote in favor of the DREAM Act. (Hagan ultimately voted against the bill in 2010). The group has grown in numbers and influence since the 2010 hunger strike, organizing Know Your Right’s trainings, demonstrations, and more acts of civil disobedience. Below are documentations of some of these events.