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"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'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.  

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