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Dream to Belong  - is a music video in support of the DREAM Act, DACA & Comprehensive Immigration reform; Dedicated to all the Dreamers and in memory of Dreamer Joaquin Luna and our ally Shaun Chapa. It features great DREAMer orgs: UWD,  ADT, ADAC, DRM Capitol Group, NDTA, NTDT, ULI, FIEL, Dreamers Adrift and allies like Sen Dick Durbin, congressman Gutierrez, President Obama, LULAC  +  (scroll down for lyrics and full performer + video credits after this):

This country was built on a DREAM: A dream of freedom, of opportunity, the belief that if you put in the hard work you could become anything you wanted to be, that you could achieve anything. It was that dream that inspired waves of migration and brought so many to build railroads and work the fields, that drove so many to join the beautiful diversity that helps make the United States the country that it is today. It was that dream of opportunity that led parents to bring their small children into the US, seeking to give them a better life. These children grew up here, undocumented:  we call them Dreamers.  It is that same Dream that fuels our struggle for Immigration reform today. Dreamers too have had to seek the land of opportunity where they already live, where their fulfillment has been denied for too long. Dreamers have inspired me as they have inspired so many because they embody the struggle to belong, to grow, to achieve and to give back as much as they possibly can. Through their relentless pursuit of education and their desire to work, Dreamers not only better themselves but the country they grew up in, the land they love. When this nation opens its arms to Dreamers, it's getting closer to a more complete fulfillment of its fundamental promise. It is this embrace that brings us closer to a more perfect union, a nation with an arc bending towards justice. DACA was a giant leap and a testament to the hard work of DREAMers themselves who have organized for what is right.  We are grateful to the Obama administration for this temporary measure but as the President himself has said, this is only the beginning. Dreamers and allies will not stop until the solution is permanent and includes the hardworking families who made such a tremendous effort to give their children, the DREAMers, a brighter future. Join our efforts. Together, Si, Se Puede!!!      

-Andres Useche

LYRICS:
Dream to Belong
by Andres Useche

She may be from out of town
He may be from way down south
but she was brought here as a child
and he grew up in this house
They learned while in school
of a light many had seen
guiding the tired and the poor
yearning to be free

Beacon of Light
Beacon of hope
Keep shining bright
Unite the dreams of us all
Everyone deserves to learn
Every child deserves to dream
When they only want to serve
When they want a chance to give

We dream to belong
Dreamers Hold On, Hold On for Every
Child who did nothing wrong
Dreamers Hold On, Hold on  
to the Dream

She met a boy and fell in love
and she dreamed she could belong
until ICE raided her home
and could deport her before long

She had learned while in school
 about a torch many had seen
guiding the tired and poor
yearning to be free

Beacon of light
Beacon of hope
Keep shining bright
Unite the dreams of us all
Everyone deserves to learn
Every child deserves to dream
When they only want to serve
When they want a chance to give

We dream to belong
Dreamers Hold On for every
Child who did nothing wrong
Dreamers Hold on, Hold on  
to the Dream

Yo no dejo de buscar
una luz, una señal  
danos la oportunidad
de hacer el Sueño realidad

We dream to belong
Dreamers Hold On
for every
Child who did nothing wrong
Dreamers Hold on, Hold on  
to the Dream

Together  we'll make the dream come true
Together  we'll make the dream come true!
We dream to belong
Dreamers Hold On for every
Child who did nothing wrong
Dreamers Hold on, Hold on  
to the Dream

Yo no dejo de buscar
una luz, una señal  
danos la oportunidad
de hacer el Sueño realidad

A child who did nothing wrong
This is the place she calls home
Where he lives and where she hopes
that where you love is where you belong.
--

SONG CREDITS:
Music & Lyrics by Andres Useche
Produced by Andres Useche
Band:
Andres Useche: Lead vocals, Piano, guitar, sequences
Oya Thomas: Backing vox
Marili Andre: backing vox
Gyeom Lee: Lead guitar, acoustic guitars
Tom Staunton: Bass
Konstantine Pope: mixer, string arrangements, drums
George Shaw: recorded lead vocals on verses
VIDEO Credits:
directed & edited by Andres Useche
Photographs and/or footage by by Andres, Gerry Manacsa, Karina S. Descartin-Manacsa, Steve Pavey, Lamp Left Media, Ryan Campbell, Dreamers Adrift, Tadd Pullin, Excy Guardado, Daniel Palomino, Dulce Matuz and more.

Originally posted to Andres Useche on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:33 AM PST.

Also republished by Protest Music.

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