Who is DIA?

Immigrant Dignity in Athens:

We reflect and honor the dignity of a people, formed of many nationalities, many races, and many cultures, which is in a constant process of redefinition at is it seeks its identity.

We believe that every human being has the right to a life of dignity, that recognizes the value of their effort, work and contributions to society. We demand that fundamental rights to education, work, housing, and family (love), be safeguarded for all human beings, regardless of their migration status, race, or gender.

We demand that the criminalization of undocumented immigrants, and by extension of their families, be stopped.

We reject the creation of new laws that use the criminalization of undocumented immigrants as a solution for pressing community problems.

We demand recognition of the long history of social, economic, and cultural contribution made by undocumented immigrants to the United States.

We demand that the United States take responsibility for the impoverishment of Latin American countries brought about by multinational corporations, which has been fostered by unfair, free trade treaties that have impoverished workers in order to feed monopolies.

We demand that undocumented immigrants be treated as economic refugees, not terrorists, and that the theme of immigration be separated from that of national security.

DIA is an organization that began in Athens at the beginning of this year, when a group of undocumented students, embarked on a cross-country walk to Washington, D.C., visited Athens. Residents, organizations and immigrants of Athens joined forces to support them with lodging, food, and meetings where they spoke with the public.

A few weeks later, on March 21, we travelled to Washington, D.C. to take part in a demonstration. Since then, we have grown, adding new members and many people who believe in our work. Our first official activity as an organization was “Playing for your rights”, in April, which was a family event that aimed to provide information on immigrant rights as well as raise community awareness about the problems that undocumented immigrants face in Athens.

On May 1st, we also organized the 2nd Annual Festival of Immigrant Rights in Athens.

Since then, we have organized events in different neighborhoods, such as “the duplex,” Pinewoods North, and Kathwood. A week ago, we went to Elberton to show our solidarity with the immigrant community there and to give out information on the 287g program, which the city of Elberton has recently signed with the ICE.

Every Wednesday, we are at the UGA arch in downtown Athens with posters and information, raising awareness about immigrant rights.