kyledeb: April 2008 Archives

I swear, for migrant haters cracking down on migrants is the solution to everything.  The Boston Globe reports...
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.


I don't know whether to be honored, disgusted, or afraid, but it looks like anti-migrant leaders are reading Citizen Orange.  On April 4, 2008, I got my first ever link from VDARE, a bastion of online migrant hate.  The post was written by Donald A. Collins, a board member of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, one of the leading U.S. anti-migrant organizations.  I usually try not to link to anti-migrant sites, but this post doesn't make much sense without it.  This is Collins' post.  It links to my post about "Democrats who [favor] causing illegals to return home".

With the launch of the A Dream Deferred blog, the world can no longer feign blindness to the suffering of migrants.  While most bloggers in what we have dubbed the pro-migrant sanctuarysphere struggle to get hundreds of online viewers, this month tens of thousands have already collided head on with the migrant voice.  These "voiceless others" that nativists have beat on for centuries now have a megaphone and they are speaking out loud and clear:

"Terrorism, crime, the economy, health care, and education: we are not to blame for all of the world's problems!  Yet, despite being treated as less than human, we still want to help solve them.  All we want, is the freedom to do so."

These are the DREAMers, a nickname for the possible beneficiaries of the DREAM Act.  But the term DREAMer has come to mean so much more than that.  They truly do live their life off of the dream that they will one day be able to contribute to a country that refuses to acknowledge their existence, with some even actively crushing it out.  If I were in their position I would have given up long ago.  I probably would have drawn inspiration from Marcus Garvey and his "Back to Africa" movement, and left.  Instead they stay in the only home they know with the dream that one day, their government will acknowledge their humanity.

MTV Video: Endless War

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I've been away for a while doing work for the pro-migrant community and work that will get more exposure for this blog and all of its amazing writers.  Something that's been taking up a lot of time is videos for MTV, but I finally made my first decent one and had it featured on the front page of the Choose Or Lose website.  Click here to see it.