Citizen Orange: November 2008 Archives

Happy Thanksgiving

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There is much to be unhappy about in the world, but today is a good day to count your blessings.  It is gratitude, not guilt, that inspires much of the work I do.  Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, today is a good day to reflect on what you're thankful for.  I'm in Michigan with family preparing to eat a delicious meal and watch the Lions lose.  Stay well everyone.  When Gandhi said "be the change you want to see in the world" he was speaking as much about taking care of yourself as he was about making change.  
Those watching closely will have noticed some changes on Citizen Orange.  Most notably the authors page has been updated, and soon we'll be releasing a regular schedule for bloggers that will be posting here. 

In the meantime, I wanted to encourage everyone interested in writing at least once every two weeks for Citizen Orange to contact us here.  Citizen Orange is one of the most widely read migration blogs in the United States, maybe even the world, and it certainly has a tangible impact on the U.S. migration debate. 

Through Citizen Orange, I've been able to meet some of the biggest movers and shakers in the U.S., and what's even more surprising to me is that most of them have heard of Citizen Orange.  It's a testament to what can be accomplished through blogging.
Whoop. Di. Do. 

I applied for a $10,000 blogging scholarship a little while ago since I'm back at school and I've been selected as one of the finalists.  You can vote for me here.

I guess this is when I'm supposed to mobilize everyone I know to vote for me, or I could just use the tricks that the nativist folks at ALIPAC are fond of which allow you to vote multiple times in polls like these.  That's just not me though.
I think RicTresa's comment was a first for me the other day:

Hey Kyle.. Come on buddy. Time to get it going! New week and all. Write something good so I can use my brains again.
RicTresa (10 November 2008)
While I'm sure others have been unhappy with my absences, RicTresa (who has a user blog at is the first to express it in a comment and ask me to come back, I believe.  It means a lot.  In many ways it is an expression of the importance of pro-migrant spaces like this. blogging

change_logo_72dpi.jpgSome attentive readers might have noticed a recent change in the Citizen Orange blogger lineup.  Some guy named "yave begnet" was replaced by yours truly without much explanation.

So here's a bit of explanation.  When the website relaunched about a month ago, I joined the site as the immigrant rights blogger.  I also changed jobs and moved to a new city around the same time, and the time seemed right to stop using my pseudonym, "yave begnet."  So that is why you've been seeing less of yave, and more of me.  It's less schizophrenic this way and less confusing to me, at least. 

So check out the new site, if you get a chance.  I'll still be blogging here regularly, but not quite as frequently as I have been for the past year.