Citizen Orange: April 2011 Archives



"It's much more like Egypt then MoveOn", is the comparison Roberto Lovato used to describe how migrant youth use social media as we prepared for our panel in the National Conference for Media Reform here in Boston.  It's an apt comparison, I believe.  Unauthorized migrant youth, or Dreamers (after the DREAM Act), have had to use social media differently then most in the U.S.  

This for two major reasons, I believe: (1) because of the widespread political violence, now escalated by the Obama administration, which has been unleashed on our communities (Yes, I count myself as being in community with migrant youth, as we all should), and (2) because only a few years ago there was not a single media outlet you could find that truly gave voice to undocumented youth.  What has sprouted up in resistance to that violence and systemic silence is truly unique, I believe, and it's good to see social media behemoths like Mashable start to recognize it.
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter, today, from Citizen Orange.  It's a special Easter for me this year and I hope that it is for you to.
I don't know how clearly it has been coming out of what little writing I've been doing as of late, but for those who don't know, I started a process of soul searching almost as soon as I started my pro-migrant work.  Five years of prayerful consideration has finally allowed me the great privilege of taking the first steps of what I hope will be a lifelong journey.  

Today, as Holy Week comes to an end, Primero Dios, I will formally be receiving my First Communion and will be Confirmed into the Catholic Church.  For those in the Boston area, the ceremony will officially take place starting at 7:30 p.m. in St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish.  All are welcome.

I've been working on writing something explaining my commitment.  What was meant to be a clear and succinct piece of turned into an almost 6,000 word behemoth.  It's difficult for me to gauge whether Citizen Orange is the place for my religious ruminations, or not.  Still, I feel an obligation to disclose to readers here any new affilations that I have because this decision certainly effects my writing.

What follows is a excerpt from a draft I've been working on explaining my commitment.
I'm happy to report that after almost four months of sitting on it, the comments at Citizen Orange are up and running again.  It turns out I was right to wait.  After trying to install Disqus, the new comments system here, a bug came up in Moveable Type, which no longer allowed me to post.

Thankfully, Jose Lopez at tumis.com was gracious enough to help me fix the bug last night.  I met Jose at Web of Change last summer.  Since then Tumis put together the United We Dream website, which I think is really well done, and not just because orange plays prominently into the design :)  This is just a long way of saying that if you ever need a good looking and functional website and want to support pro-migrant web developers, I can't imagine you doing much better than going with Tumis.

I've also got to say that though Jose just informed me that Disqus isn't very compatible with Moveable Type because it's written in Javascript, I think that it functions and looks great.  It's a testament to the design skills of Nezua at The Unapologetic Mexican that many years later I'm still able to build on the beauty he created.