Citizen Orange: December 2010 Archives

If you haven't noticed, my co-blogger, David Bennion, has been blogging up a storm during the holidays.  I haven't seen him this active since he was at change.org, and I don't know if I've ever seen him this on point.  That's saying a lot for Dave.

I started blogging after the DREAM Act vote, but ended up taking more time for my family as the holidays approached and for the next week I'll try to completely disconnect myself from a computer as I spend time, as our family has done for generations, now, in the Bay Islands of Honduras.  On January 5, 2011, I should be back and more ready then ever to use this space to make change.




Above are Renata and Ada repping the Student Immigrant Movement, which I am a proud member of, but see this post from United We Dream for more reflections from the leaders of the migrant youth movement.

By now you've probably heard that the DREAM Act was blocked in the U.S. Senate by five Democrats and 36 Republicans.  Before I continue I want to be clear about what happened: 

Everywhere I look mainstream media who up until this point as all but ignored the migrant youth movement is writing headlines like "DREAM Act Defeated", "DREAM Act Fails",  or "DREAM Act Dies."  The DREAM Act did not fail, the U.S. Senate failed the DREAM Act.  Only in very recent times has a passing vote of 216-198 in the U.S. House and a vote of 55-41 in the U.S. Senate meant failure.  I'm not going to get sidetracked into a diatribe about filibuster abuse in the U.S. Senate, right now.  I just wanted to tell everyone who feels the same emptiness in their stomach that I do, right now, that you didn't fail, the broken procedures of the U.S. Senate failed you. 

At the same time, for those of us that are committed to real business of making change in this world, we know that we're not dealing with the world as we'd like it to be, but with the world as it is.  In the world as it is, we needed 60 votes out of 100 in the undemocratic U.S. Senate in order to emancipate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented Americans.  We all knew we needed 60 votes, and we didn't get them.  There will be plenty of time to analyze why we didn't get those 60 votes, but right now I just wanted to lay out some steps I think those of us in the movement should be taking.  I say all of the following first acknowledging my own 24-year-old inexperience and shortcomings in these matters.