Citizen Orange: January 2011 Archives

Citizen Orange was down for a couple of hours tonight after the Movable Type script "mt-comments.cgi", which is what makes the comments run here caused undue strain on the server that hosts Citizen Orange.  This is the second time something like this has happened to Citizen Orange.  The first time there was a problem with the Search script, which is why you'll notice the search box on the right doesn't work. 

Bluehost, as always, was very helpful and understanding in helping me to deal with problem, especially since I'm not as technologically saavy as I should be.  They told me what was wrong and for now I just basically deleted the "mt-comments.cgi" script, and will leave it that way until I can figure out a more permanent solution.  I don't believe this is a political attack on Citizen Orange, it's the just the result of a bunch of spam bots overloading the outdated Movable Type installation I have here. 

I've put the maintenance and updating of Citizen Orange off for much too long while focusing on the DREAM Act.  I'm going to be speaking with my co-blogger Dave, shortly, about the best strategy for Citizen Orange moving forward so that we can inject some much needed capital into getting this site up to date.  In the meantime, if you know of any Movable Type experts that can get the comments up and running on Citizen Orange again as a temporary fix, I'd appreciate the help. 
See updates and suggestion below.

Another year has passed and guess what?  People still hate migrants.  People have hated migrants for millenia, and they probably will hate migrants for millenia more (if society lasts that long).  It's cynical to write that out, but at the same time, when I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders, it helps to ease my anxiety when I meditate on this.  To understand that the struggle will always go on forces you to hold fast to the things that matter, today, and to keep yourself healthy for the struggle, tomorrow. 

I hope everyone was able to rest, relax, and spend time with loved ones over the holidays.  I want to express gratitude to my co-blogger Dave for sacrificing his time during the holidays to keep content fresh, here.  I continue to be privileged with the opportunity to escape the harsh New England winter to bask in the Land of Eternal Spring here in Central America.  I'll be returning to Boston late next week.  I have yet to find or know a more beautiful country on this earth than Guatemala, and I fight for the day when, emancipated from inhumane and unjust immigration laws, my undocumented brothers and sisters in the U.S. can witness this beauty alongside of me.  You never leave my thoughts and prayers. 

What follows is an outline of the pro-migrant strategy I'm going to try and pursue in the coming year.  These are just initial thoughts, subject to change, and input is always welcome, here.  I've discussed this over the phone with several people already, and I thought it would be good to write it out for reference.