12/20/2010 § Leave a comment
[photo credit: ernesto arroyo FB: “Saw this piece on the way to my gig last night in Chinatown, took a shot with my cellphone cuz I figured it might not last the weekend before it gets covered… diggin’ it..”]
the DREAM Act was defeated in the senate on saturday. the senators who voted NO think they were making a politically expedient move. what they dont realize is that they’ve f*kked up. the courageous young people who have come out about their status has galvanized a new youth movement that’s really only begun. they’ve turned out a new cadre of pissed off young activists. and im sure that after the sting of betrayal fades, a deeper even more forceful movement burgeons.
09/18/2010 § 2 Comments
know about the DREAM Act! i did some work on this bill back in college, over 7 years ago. its passage is long over due, and the network of righteous and militant undocumented students spearheading this campaign is true inspiration. after sitting-in at harry reids office and shaming a bunch of pols, it looks like we could get some movement. this is an alert i wrote for the AARW, mobilizing phone calls into scott browns office:
08/27/2010 § Leave a comment
1.4 million undocumented asian americans in the US. just under 10% of API are undocumented.
07/28/2010 § 1 Comment
even while im overwhelmed by the current struggle for CORI reform in MA, im completely moved by the the recent action by DREAM activists who’ve been staging sit-ins for the immediate passage of the DREAM Act in DC.
read more about the political context at colorlines
the video above struck a chord. its an intense conversation between rep. gutierrez (lead house sponsor of the most progressive Comprehensive Immigration Reform proposal who got arrested in civil disobedience a few months ago for CIR) and 5 DREAM activist who were in occupation of a congressional office. the conversation is interesting and frustrating and just really real. i have things to say about adultism as a real system of oppression (all the youth & youth workers already know). the interesting strategic conversation thats so profoundly informed by positionality. the bravery of undocumented youth to stand up against co-optation even from their strongest ally. etc etc.
anyway, was moved to share. the movement is beautiful and complicated.