2018-2019

#IAmAnImmigrant Day of Action

October 22, 2019

On October 22, Chispas participated in the I Am An Immigrant campaign with our annual Day of Action by showcasing our immigrant and ally community on campus through a beautiful display of butterflies, our Gators Dream Forward mascot. Students met with us in Turlington Plaza to decorate a butterfly for our display, which is expected to be showcased in La Salita or La Casita. 

#IAmAnImmigrant honors each of our families’ sacrifices, struggles, and successes—America’s strength is reflected in our diversity over generations. The initiative is powered by FWD.us and Moroccan immigrant and new U.S. citizen French Montana has recently become their very first ambassador. 

There are entertainers, elected officials, and over 50 campuses around the country joining the #IAmAnImmigrant Campaign to celebrate the diverse heritage of our nation.

At Turlington Plaza on October 22 from 11am-2pm we embraced and showcased the diversity of the University of Florida. 

Boot the Braids March

March 14, 2019

On the final day of the five-city, two-week “4 for Fair Food Tour,” nearly 500 protesters – equal parts farmworkers, students, and community members – wove as one through the University of Florida’s picturesque campus in a colorful and boisterous demonstration.  They were fed up with the UF administration’s willingness to turn a deaf ear to students’ concerns, calling on UF President Kent Fuchs to cut the university’s contract with Wendy’s, without further delay, until Wendy’s joins fast-food industry leaders McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Chipotle, and Taco Bell in requiring its tomato suppliers to meet the stringent human rights standards of the Presidential medal-winning Fair Food Program.

The march caught the attention of the press (see coverage from Gainesville’s local NPR station here, and the editorial in The Alligator here) as well as countless bystanders with its powerful message, its eye-catching sea of signs, banners, and puppets, and its diverse – and joyous – community of protesters.

BTB Presents: Hear our Silence

November 15, 2018

President Fuchs: UF students demand Wendy’s removal from our campus!

We refuse to let the University of Florida - one of the top agricultural schools in the country - off the hook for doing business with a company that tolerates human rights abuses in its supply chain!

UF students are joining young people across the country to denounce Wendy’s blatant disregard for farmworkers’ rights – and hold our university accountable for its complicity in sexual violence and modern slavery in the fields. The Boot the Braids campaign at UF is a student-led effort to remove Wendy’s from campus until the fast-food company joins the award-winning Fair Food Program.

Join the growing movement to Boot the Braids from UF to send the message to Wendy’s that sexual violence and exploitation have no place on our campuses or in our food system and to call on UF TO HEAR OUR SILENCE!

Beat I.C.E. March

October 22, 2019

Immigration and Customs Enforcement continuously attacks immigrant communities. They have targeted everyone from children and families, to famous rappers (21 Savage). Join Chispas as we march from Plaza of the Americas to Reitz Student Union Amphitheater with the students at the University of Florida to demand that I.C.E. BE ABOLISHED!!! ​

#IAmAnImmigrant Day of Action

November 1, 2018

On November 1st, Chispas celebrated Immigrant Heritage Month by taking part of the IAmAnImmigrant Campaign that encourages all of us to explore our individual heritage & recognize our distinct and shared experiences. We all have our piece in the American story, whether as a new immigrant, native to this land, a descendent of slavery or those who came to our nation seeking a better life.

#IAmAnImmigrant honors each of our families’ sacrifices, struggles, and successes—America’s strength is reflected in our diversity over generations. 

There are entertainers, elected officials, and over 50 campuses around the country joining the #IAmAnImmigrant Campaign to celebrate the diverse heritage of our nation.

At Turlington Plaza on November 1st from 10am-2pm we embraced and showcased the diversity of the University of Florida. 

Immigration Candidate Forum

October 25, 2018

Want to know where each candidate stands on immigration before voting this November? In Pugh Hall Ocora on Thursday, October 25th, from 6-8 pm we learned more about the midterm candidates' positions on pressing immigration policy. 

The candidates that had confirmed attendance included:
-Yvonne Hayes Hinson for U.S House of Representatives District 3
-Kayser Enneking for Florida Senate District 8 
-Jason Haeseler For Florida House District 21

Co-hosting student organizations: 
Gators for Underrepresented VotersChispas UFDemocracy Matters UFChomp the VoteUF Lucha LatinaUF College DemocratsNational Organization for Women at UF - NOW at UFStudents Organize for Syria at UF

Community ID Drive

November 1, 2018

Madres Sin Fronteras (Mother Without Borders) is a social movement in the city of Gainesville, FL that fights for the human rights of all people. This organization is a local grassroots immigrant-led organization that works to protect the rights of immigrant families in our community and to ensure that all are treated with dignity and respect. Chispas joins them as they work to develop, educate, and empower our communities to protect and defend our families and ourselves.

At their ID drive, Chispas along with the Human Rights Coalition of Alachua County and Madres Sin Fronteras aided in providing identification for over 200 undocumented people in Alachua county. This is very important for the community because without identification, the Alachua sheriff department is required to take your prints and therefore expose your undocumented status. However, with a valid form of identification, undocumented families can take the speeding ticket, etc. without having to share their undocumented status.

United We Dream Congress

October 5, 2018

This October, UWD hosted their 2018 National Congress in Miami, Florida.

UWD's National Congress is their bi-annual membership meeting, bringing together immigrant youth leaders from UWD’s nationwide base and grassroots affiliates to convene, meet, participate in trainings and have an awesome time!

UWD’s Congress is a space created by and for immigrant youth to build relationships, strengthen our community and dream of the change we seek for the immigrant community. At this critical gathering, we join about 2,000 undocumented youth, their families and allies from across the country.

#HereToStay Photo Campaign

September 14, 2018

We are proud to present the #HereToStay Photo Campaign! 

The purpose of this event is to encourage a pro-immigrant climate here at the University of Florida by bringing awareness to experiences and struggles and to show solidarity to all immigrant students on campus, regardless of their documented status.

At the end of the day our goal is to show that regardless of who you are or where you come from, we are one Gator community! So make sure stop by with a friend or two and show your support!