March 2009 Archives
We already have to battle it out with nativists and with our life circumstances. We do not want to be fighting with our friends and allies too. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.I recommend reading the whole thing, but that's a good primer for the argument, from the mouths of unauthorized youth themselves. Prerna also spoke out courageously in the comments section of Citizen Orange, when a "progressive" spoke out against the DREAM Act. The whole argument deserves to be reproduced in full.Dream Activist (28 March 2009)
Today is the day. Today could be the day that the hopes and dreams of hundreds of thousands of unauthorized migrant youth come true. Dreamactivist.org has a post up with suggestion on what people can do. Through facebook, over 1,500 have pledged to call-in, today, and over 10,000 have been reached.
Below are just some of the things you can do to voice your support for the DREAM Act, today, and I will write out the links so people can copy this and send them out to whomever they want:
1. CALL - The National Council of La Raza has a page to help you call your congressional representatives in support of the DREAM Act.I won't include this as an official action, but the last thing I'm going to be doing is praying. Never underestimate the power of sending out positive energy and praying that the universe moves towards justice. Feel free to include actions that I might have missed in the comments section.
2. FAX - America's Voice has a page to help you fax your congressional representatives in support of the DREAM Act.
3. EMAIL - Change.org has a page to help you email your congressional representatives in support of the DREAM Act.
4. PETITION - Dreamactivist.org has the official petition in support of the DREAM Act.
5. TEXT - Text "Justice" ("Justicia" for Spanish) to 69866 to be the first to know when the DREAM Act is introduced. FIRM's Mobile Action Network is an excellent way to stay connected and have maximum impact at just the right moment.
If you want more background on the DREAM Act read the following two posts that I wrote on the subject:
The Politics of the DREAM Act
Pass the DREAM Act For Future Economic Prosperity
The movement's moment could arrive as early as Tuesday when Durbin reintroduces the bill with co-sponsor Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.Dreamactivist.org is also beginning to sound the war drums through their change.org blog. Thousands have already been invited to call-in in support of the DREAM Act through facebook. The DREAM Act will be the first major migration policy battle of the 111th Congress and the Obama administration.Saundra Amrhein - St. Petersburg Times (21 March 2009)
As such, I thought it would be good to step back and reflect a little bit on the politics of the DREAM Act. I've already written a post advancing a comprehensive argument for passing the DREAM Act during these trying economic times. It was published on Alternet this morning. Today, I thought I'd reflect a little bit on the political climate the DREAM Act faces.
I was pleasantly surprised to the president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Charles Kuck, give a shout out to Citizen Orange as Dave Bennion spoke to him about the DREAM Act on his weekly "Immigration Hour" radio show.
Charles Kuck: I do love Citizen Orange. Plus it has a very orangey website.
Dave Bennion: Ya it's orange from top to bottom.Immigration Hour (23 March 2009)
That has to be one of the best shout outs ever. I'm framing that quote and putting it on my wall. Thanks also to Dave Bennion for representing. I write all of this just to reiterated that we're having an impact, but our work isn't done yet. Click through to find out what you can do to support the DREAM Act behind the the safety of your computer screen.
I'm happily returning from my blogging hiatus this week to make a common-sense argument: passing the DREAM Act is not only the right thing to do, but in these trying economic times it is also the sensible thing to do.
I am such a passionate advocate for the DREAM Act that I often forget there are people in this world that don't know what the DREAM Act is. According to Wikipedia:
The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (also called "The DREAM Act") [is] a piece of proposed federal legislation in the United States that would provide certain immigrant students who graduate from a [U.S. high school], are of good moral character, arrived in the US as children, and have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment, the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency.The National Immigration Law Center also has a basic information sheet (pdf) that I print out and give to people who are not familiar with the DREAM Act. I don't go into any migration-related meeting without it. In 2007, I pushed hard for the DREAM Act when it was introduced in the U.S. Senate, and I was crushed when it failed. Migrant youth cannot wait any longer. The time to pass the DREAM Act is now.Wikipedia (23 March 2009)
On Thursday, March 19, another workplace raid occurred. Bay County Sheriff's Office Illegal Alien Enforcement Unit (a 287(g) group) and the Panama City ICE unit conducted the raid. Workers were arrested at "Construction Enterprise Inc." located at the Waterside APartments of Jenks Avenue construction site in Panama City, FL.
Panama City is just miles down Highway 30 from Chilean Student murderer Dannie Baker's Miramar Beach, FL neighborhood. Panama City is also the headquarters for the "League of the South," a group listed as a racist hate group by the SPLC.
No employers were arrested during the raid even though this company has had previous ICE worker violations. The workers, 1 from Mexico and 7 from Honduras, were jailed at the BAy County Jail with a Hold for ICE.
See complete story on: http://immigrationmexicanamerican.blogspot.com/
The Morning Review is a progressive radio show. You can tune into 90.7 FM (Los Angeles) or 98.7 FM (Santa Barbara) or listen live online (http://www.kpfk.org/listen
This space will be used to educate the general public on issues affecting undocumented students and their families. We will also promote any local events and actions by our allies, like the CA Dream Network and United We Dream -DreamAvtivist.org
Although it's not our first time in the radio, this is our first time participating in such an exciting project. So, we hope you listen to us tomorrow and if you have any suggestions or questions, please send them in to email@example.com Type in "MORNING REVIEW-KPFK" in the subject line.
Obama's Make Sense Immigration Policies: Target and Deport Felonious Criminals at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.
Nancy Pelosi Speaks Out Against ICE Raids at The Unapologetic Mexican.ACTION: Fight the Fee Hike for Citizenship at Standing FIRM.
La Oreja de Van Gogh is a Spanish band that makes catchy pop music. I haven't heard them since lead singer Amaia Montero went solo in 2007, but I'm going to have to track down their latest album now to see what it sounds like.
The video above is a very literal interpretation of the lyrics to "Un Mundo Mejor." Following is the more upbeat "20 de Enero" which will forever remind me of Buenos Aires circa 2003. (Not because Argentina was overrun by space aliens that year, but because that's where I was living when the album was popular.)