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American DREAMers: #UnitedWeDream (2022)

for SAB choir | 00:03:00

by Melissa Dunphy | text by Claudia D. Hernández

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American DREAMers was commissioned by Philadelphia community choir PhilHarmonia (Mitos Andaya Hart, Director) to bring to light the stories of immigrants in the wake of anti-immigrant rhetoric during and after the 2016 election. Five texts from five young Americans who were brought to America as children were chosen—Marlene Rangel, Javier Zamora, Janine Joseph, Julia Montejo, and Claudia D. Hernández—and those texts were woven into a multi-movement work that honors their story and inspires hope, empathy, and action. #UnitedWeDream is the final movement, a protest folk hymn.

By Claudia D. Hernández

Aquí estamos.
This is where we found our home away from home.
This is where we belong.
Mother Earth, who feeds us all,
takes our roots,
their roots,
no matter how long,
how short—
she’s whispering:
this is where you belong.
R E S I S T! R E S I S T!
Pelea con diente y madre!
This is where you belong, Dreamer!

Jennifer Baker
Silvana Cardell
Karen Lopez
Maria Sotomayor

Artwork by Mike Dunn and Cameryn Richards.


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