kyledeb: November 2007 Archives

Samantha Contreras was recently selected as a scholar for the Drum Major Institute (DMI).  A representative of DMI asked if Ms. Contreras could write a blog post for Citizen Orange and I happily obliged.  Following are the words of future leader Samantha Contreras. 

I began my activism and passion to serve the public when I came close to the end of my educational opportunities and my dreams due to the lack of access for students who do not hold legal status in the country. To millions of people the word “immigrant” is one that is synonymous to “aliens” and “criminals.” To me, immigration is an issue of family, opportunity, and hope. In one word, the issue of immigration is me. Personally living the attacks on the immigrant community has forever impacted my life and I am wholeheartedly committed to altering the perception of immigrants as well as transforming the status of all underprivileged communities across this nation through progressive policy revamping.

My Computer Died

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After taking a long hiatus from Citizen Orange it's just my luck that the day I return, the laptop that I've been lugging around for four years breaks on me.  It was time.  I took that laptop everywhere.  I even took that laptop with me (well-hidden) on the migrant route from Guatemala into the United States.  I guess the sand from the Sonora desert finally got to it. 

After years of patchwork repairs and monthly reformatting it finally just started dieing on me.  The fan had been acting up for over a month, and I recently I had resorted to taking the computer apart and cleaning out the fan.  On top of that my battery only had like 2 minutes of life in it.  I think the heat and problems with the battery just ended up being too much for it.

I don't know what I'm going to do in the meantime, but I'm itching to blog.  Some big things have been happening behind the scenes that I can't mention yet, but you'll hear about them soon enough.  I just want to thank everyone that's stuck by me through these years.  Especially Janna, who has really been picking up the slack for me as I've taken on all these projects.

It's time to stop talking about how new media communications can assist the pro-migrant movement and start doing it.  Those of you that stick around are in for a wild ride.

(Peter Pereira / New Bedford Standard-Times)

I can safely say that this is the saddest story I've had to tell of an individual suffering from U.S. immigration policy.

I've written story after story about the suffering of individuals. No matter how much suffering migrants go through U.S. citizens just seem not to care, in effect, if not intent. Anti-migrant advocates actively ridicule dead migrants, and most progressives do nothing about it.

The New Bedford Standard-Times (please counter the hate people are spewing on this article) just published a story on the death of Ricardo Gomez Garcia.  He left an autistic child and his wife behind after the horror of New Bedford.  After fighting for five months in detention to stay in the U.S. he was deported back to Guatemala, where he made the choice to try and re-enter the U.S. again.  He met up with his family after the harrowing journey that I know so well, and fell ill.  After just 24 hours with his family, he died.

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