Citizen Orange: April 2008 Archives

Introductions and Holas

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Soy Pico.

What an honor to be asked to join people as visionary, committed, resourceful, and kind as Kyle and the writers for Citizen Orange. I am humbled.

Actually, Pico is my handsome and dashing young Chihuahua. I write here on Citizen Orange and at my own blog, wildchihuahuas, using his name because he is undoubtedly the bravest, most daring, most playful, toughest, most curious, most tenacious, sassiest, and most loving being I’ve ever met, and he is both a Mexican and an immigrant, of course.  In many ways, he is my role model.
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.