New Mission Statement for Citizen Orange

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Bloggers are already picking this up, but I'm proud to announce that after much work, me and my blogmig@s here at Citizen Orange have been able to come to a consensus on a new mission statement that defines this online space.  It's a really important step.  Not only has it brought the small community of Citizen Orange writers closer together, but I feel like it has pretty clearly etched out what our place in the sanctuarysphere should be. 

The next step, of course, is to open that mission statement up to the scrutiny of the readers of Citizen Orange.  We value your opinions.  Intelligent participants in this online community make Citizen Orange all the more powerful.  With this in mind, if anyone has anything to say about our mission statement, big or small, we'd love to hear it.  You can find it in the "About Citizen Orange" section of our blog:

Citizen Orange is a U.S.-based, Guatemala inspired, weblog founded for the explicit purpose of organizing around global justice. It is the successor to Immigration Orange and operates on the principle that the pro-migrant movement in the United States has the greatest potential for eradicating a host of global injustices and generating respect for peoples born on a different piece of the earth.

In order to be successful the pro-migrant movement has to move the debate from questions of nationality to questions of global inequity. It has to move the debate from questions of legality to questions of justice. Migrants are first shackled to the arbitrary piece of land that they are born onto and then chained to the forces that compel them to leave. We need to remove those shackles and chains. Citizen Orange works for migrant emancipation.

Citizen Orange is an ally space. This means Citizen Orange does not seek to represent the migrant voice, but exists, instead, as a space to support migrants in their struggle for liberty. Humility compels us to make this extremely important distinction. Even though we are all migrants, the extremity of global migrant oppression forces us to recognize that even privileges we take for granted, like access to the internet, separate us from the vast majority of migrants.

This does not mean that we cannot relate to the migrant experience through our common humanity. We constantly strive towards understanding and empathy through Citizen Orange and our daily lives. It just means that we will not profess to speak on behalf of migrants. Citizen Orange is not the place to look for a space representative of the migrant voice. If you are searching, look through our blogroll for answers, or in a community near you. Citizen Orange is not the migrant voice, but we do seek to support it and amplify it through our efforts.

Feel free to tell us what you feel about it in the comments section.  If you prefer giving feedback more privately your welcome to use our contact form.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Hi Kyle, all:

This site is amazing. The deeper I dig, the more I treasure it.
Congratulations on a muscular yet moving statement of principles. I love the spirit, the global vision, the objectives, and the sensitivity and wisdom embodied in the "ally" stance.

One editorial observation: The Mission Statement says ". . . the principle that the pro-migrant movement in the United States has the greatest potential for eradicating a host of global injustices and generating respect for peoples born on a different piece of the earth."

Questions occur to me that might occur to others, too: Why does it have the greatest potential? And where? On earth? In the Americas? In the US? And doesn't the movement span many countries in the Americas?

With those thoughts in mind, I wonder if this might be an acceptable revision:

"Because of its magnitude, visibility, and the myriad connections it showcases among causes and consequences, the pro-migrant movement has the greatest potential of any human rights struggle in the Americas to eradicate . . . and generate. . . ."

Respectfully your ever literal amiga,

I read every word of you mission statement and I firmly believe in everything you are trying to do. Congratulations. I visit your site every day and read all the articles. Adam, co-founder of

kyledeb Author Profile Page said:

Thanks Adam!

I've got to go through and update my blogroll. I feel like more and more pro-migrant blogs are popping up all the time. Be on the look out for a post that asks for new blood. Thanks for reading and keep up the good work.

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