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August/September 2020

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teach. I' ll be able to work with kids and do the thing I'm really passion- ate about." I was starting junior year of high school, and my whole future looked brighter. e rescission in 2017 paused new applications, but I was able to renew a third time. Because I had been able to renew, I felt I needed to be a voice for those who were at greater risk. Getting involved with Student CTA One of my ARC professors, Julie Klier, had a deal where one of the textbooks we needed for her class cost $30 — the same as Student CTA membership — and if we joined Student CTA she would lend us the book for the semester. She also talked about the union and encouraged us to get involved in the on-campus club. I saw it as an opportunity to meet other people going into education who might have a social justice focus. I went to my first statewide Student C TA e vent and was blown away. Th e Social Justice Symposium was amazing. Hearing [Tony Thurmond] speak was inspirin g. I ran and was el e ct ed v ice presi dent in 2019, and in Apri l I was elected president. The Supreme Court's DACA decision in June I was getting a million texts from family and friends — I had gotten up early to hear the decision. I started crying again because I was so happy. And it was the same week as the [Supreme Court's] LGBTQ+ decision, so it was a huge rush having those two decisions in the same week. B u t I a l s o re a l i z e d t h e Tr u m p administration could try again. at's why the next election is so important. DACA allows those of us who qualify to work here; there are many people who don't qualify and who deserve equal treat- ment. We need immigration reform. We need to ensure that students in elemen- tary and high school today have the same opportunities I do. ere's so much that immigrants go through just to work and live safely that someone born here doesn't even have to think about. W hat are teachers supposed to tell th e ir stu d ent s — " Yo u w on' t b e abl e to get a job"? " You're going to have to leave"? This election is really make-or- break for many immigrants. "I need to be a voice for those who are at greater risk. We need to ensure that students in school today have the same opportunities I do." 62 CTA & You APPLY TODAY: call 1-888-758-7946 or visit Mention Priority Code NAABDL For more information about the rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of the credit card, call the toll-free number above or visit Residents of the US and its territories only. See full disclosure for details. This credit card program is issued and administered by Bank of America, N.A. Visa and Visa Signature are registered trademarks of Visa International Service Association, and are used by the issuer pursuant to license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Bank of America and the Bank of America logo are registered trademarks of Bank of America Corporation. ©2020 Bank of America Corporation 3146390 CC050820 MB0820-AD-CAEDU THE CTA ® CASH REWARDS VISA SIGNATURE ® CREDIT CARD CASH BACK 2 % at grocery stores and wholesale clubs CASH BACK 3 % in the category of your choice, like Online Shopping CASH BACK 1 % everywhere, every time Earn 2% and 3% cash back on the first $2,500 in combined grocery store/ wholesale club/choice category purchases each quarter, then earn unlimited 1%. Plus, a $ 200 Gift Card Bonus after you make at least $500 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening (students not eligible)

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