Blogosphere: December 2007 Archives

I'm An MTV Scab!

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Well, not really.  But this post will certainly be a test of my independence from big media.

If you haven't heard the news yet, I am one of the 51 citizen journalists selected for MTV's newly unveiled Street Team '08.  I'm going to be a one man media outlet (written, audio, and visual media) for Massachusetts youth.   MTV's press release, in one form or another, has found its way to the Associated Press, the Guardian, and Fox, and other outlets.

Home for the Holidays

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Thought I'd post a couple random personal updates.

I will be traveling back to Guatemala soon so I might not be able to blog as much as I would like.  It'll be the perfect time for me to do some reading, and work on some longer writing projects that I've been hoping to get, too.  The speed and instantaneousness of the blogosphere certainly doesn't allow for the sort of developed thinking and reasoning that is often necessary for personal intellectual progress, as good as it is at documenting history.

Also, I was invited onto the Mario Solis Marich Show yesterday to talk about my Amy Chua post.  There's no way to hear it again, but Mario will be inviting a lot more familiar names from the pro-migrant blogosphere onto his show, soon.  I gave a shout out to Duke because I used his phrase, "the extreme is becoming the mainstream", and Mario also complemented Citizen Orange's design so I gave a shout out to Nezua and Xolagrafik Design, for that.  He also invited me back to talk about the trip where I retraced the route of a Guatemalan migrant into the U.S.

2008 is going to be a big year for the pro-migrant blogosphere.  I hope people stick around for the ride.

Sunday Skim

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For those of us who are busy with the season's festivities, here is a sampling from the pro-migrant blogosphere and other happenings from the past week to enjoy:

December 12 marked the day of La Virgen de Guadalupe.  Even if you missed the awesome Mañanitas on Univision that night, which included many beautiful musical requests for Her protection of migrants, you can still see a slideshow and video of the festivities from Antigua, Guatemala.

The Gringa in San Miguel has been following an evolving documentary about the immigration debate in Virginia, with a series of videos guaranteed to warm you up, via a boost in your blood pressure.

For a Guatemalan migrant's take on immigration issues in Canada, check out El Toronteco.

La Bloga featured an update of the proposed border fence, and how our government is trampling the rights of our indigenous people.

Luis Alberto Urrea posted his exclamation-evoking Immigration Monday, with its weekly arsenal of information to help better equip us pro-migrant warriors.

Latina Lista called for an end to raids as ICE has been spreading la mala onda all week, from the insultingly named Operation Tamale, to stooping to a new low in the capture of families in Oklahoma.

Nezua offered some food for thought as we approach the season of consumerism and consumption.  If that motivates you to make a change for the better, Man Eegee has made some excellent suggestions for giving to help offset some of the suffering of migrants.  

House of Nezua

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Nuestro amigo Nezua is shrugging his shoulders, stepping outta his skin, and chillin out in a funky new space.  Go check out his new pad where creativity flows like wine, love rules, and la lucha takes a back seat to tranquilidad for a while. 
One of the benefits of cross-posting on Daily Kos is that you find people like Nightprowlkitty, who has become one of the most fierce defenders of migrant rights on the net.  Check out NPK holding it down and telling her story on Docudharma, a site that's becoming a pretty big deal.

Illegal Is Not a Noun

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Check out the new badge at the bottom of the right hand column.  Via Duke at Migra Matters...
I don't think we can do enough back-patting in the pro-migrant blogosphere.  We are few and the opposition is strong. Any recognition we get is cause for celebration.  I'm extremely happy to announce that XP of Para Justicia Y Libertad, otherwise known as Edmundo Rocha, was recently given a silver star by the Texas Progressive Alliance after being nominated for Texan of the Year

xpEdmundo Rocha. Blending lends heavy-handed social critiques, local and national politics, and a heaping dose of common sense in his blog, Edmundo Rocha tackles heavy topics like imigration (sic), teenage pregnancy, racial and gender politics, and backs up everything with a sense of style and spirit. With a loyal and unwavering audience (his Texan of the Year nomination, in fact, was suggested in the comments of a blog by one of Edmundo’s readers), Rocha has rapidly become one of the state’s most prominent Latino bloggers. No issue is too tough, and none taboo for this blogger.
Congratulations, XP and I'll never forget your early support for Immigration Orange.
In a "Memo to the Netroots on Immigration" Elana Levin of the Drum Major Institute gave a nod to the Latino Blogosphere and Citizen Orange for our work on immigration.

The burgeoning Latino/a blogosphere, front-lined by the likes of Latino Pundit, Latina Lista and Para Justicia y Libertad and which includes immigration policy blogs like Immigration Orange and Migra Matters, continue to expose anti-immigrant myths, call attention to under-reported stories, promote immigrant voices and drive on-the-ground pro-migrant activism. Diarists on community blogs like “Colorado Luis” and Migra Matters editor “Duke1676”’s crossposts to DailyKos have kept blog readers outside of the immigrant rights community informed of ICE raids and deportations. There must be greater attention for their efforts outside of immigrant rights circles.
While I don't think Elana could have ever given the Latino blogosphere enough credit for the pro-migrant haven they have provided, it's still nice to know that our work is getting recognized.
Let's play a game.  Decipher the following acronyms and tell me which organizations are pro-migrant and which are anti-migrant:  FIRM, FAIR, CCIR, CCIR, CIS, NILC. 

Having trouble?  How about if I write them out and link to them:

Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR), California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR), Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), National Immigration Law Center (NILC).

Still having trouble? 

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