kyledeb: January 2009 Archives

The BBC and the International Herald Tribune are reporting on a horrific practice in Southeast Asia.  Migrants from poorer countries regularly pay people to smuggle them into Thailand in hopes of scratching out a better life for themselves and their families.  One way they get their is by trusting their lives to rickety boats.  According to the BBC, the Thai navy is rounding these boat people up, binding their hands, and pulling them back out to sea with meager supplies.  They are essentially sending them back out to sea to die.
I'm totally crowding out Janna's post by writing this, but I think it is absolutely essential that I put this at the top of Citizen Orange loud and clear: vote for the DREAM Act at  Voting closes tomorrow at 5 p.m. and I'm pulling out all the stops today to make sure the DREAM Act stays in the top 10.  If you've voted already, digg, reddit, mixx and stumble this post to make sure others hear about this.

My first post of the 2009 was a poorly written interior monologue about the conflicts between blogging and organizing.  If there's any place that blogging and organizing intersects, it's with undocumented youth, or DREAMies as they like to be called.  For those that aren't familiar with the DREAMie struggle, DREAMies are those who were brought over to the United States as children, usually without any say whatsoever in the matter.  As Senator Dick Durbin, one of the major sponsors of the DREAM Act has said, the only sin they've committed is "the crime of obeying their parents."

Often, the only country DREAMies have ever known is the United States.  Though I'm not a fan of the word, they are culturally "American" in every sense of the word, except for they don't have papers that say they are a U.S. citizens.  Personally, that's not the most significant reason why I advocate for the DREAM Act though and support DREAMies whenever I can.
I've taken probably one of the longest breaks from blogging I've ever taken over these last few weeks.  I can't thank the other bloggers here at Citizen Orange enough for covering for me.  I hope you've all seen our new blogger, El Random Hero, who couldn't have come at a better time.  Soon you'll see more bloggers here, too. 

I still have a lot of work to do.  I'm completely done with two classes already but still have two finals to take for two more.  It's my first semester back at school.  It looks like I'm going to be able to get through it.  I had my doubts, but I'm not here to write about all that.

I had an incredible break in Central America.  It gave me a lot of time to think about what I want out of this year.