Do each person have a specific value? Does it increase or decrease based on your actions? Your decisions? Your merit? Is there an unwritten system of rules and regulations that we must follow or else we might endanger our value? I guess that’s called culture.
I am queer, undocumented, a community activist, an immigrant, a person of color, a recent college graduate, and a loving son and brother. Every single one of these identities has sustained my dedication to continue the work toward an inclusive society for all people.
Really great personal account about being LGBT and undocumented in the United States — click on the link to read the entire thing. It’s interesting how every part of our identity comes together to shape how we see the world.
The first Puerto Ricans who came to Providence did so in the 1920s. They moved to Providence and the surrounding areas to find work in the agriculture and manufacturing industries. Estimates of how many Hispanic people were living in Rhode Island before this time are complicated by…
What is your opinion in regards to the idea of national borders?
“I believe national borders are a joke. You always hear conservatives ranting and raving about protecting the borders from so called terrorists and “illegal” immigrants, but the reason you cannot protect the…
I urge you all to sign, call, share, tweet these petitions and stop the separation of these families. Damnit Obama, where the fuck is the relief and deferred action for these people?! Ugh, you make me sick.
This weekend many Colombians in Rhode Island will celebrate their heritage at the Colombian-American Parade and Festival. Join them this Sunday, July 22nd! The parade will step off at 10am in the parking lot of Dexter Credit Union in Central Falls, wind through the streets of Central Falls, and…
it is one of the most horrific murders of the social media age. Three Chicago teens decided to play a game called “”Pick ‘Em Out and Knock ‘Em Out” at 5 am on Tuesday morning. Soon, their game turned deadly and their target—62-year-old Delfino Mora—would die as he was…
“El alma del inmigrante es como un nino que se revuelca en la cama sin poder dormir: inquieta, alerta, siempre en moviemiento, en permanente busqueda pro un ricon donde descansar y sentirse seguro.”—Jorge Ramos (via humbledomains)
[Maria Hinojosa] said she was in the green room at CNN with Elie Wiesel. They were speaking about immigration. He told her that no human is illegal. I found the full quote:
“You, who are so-called illegal aliens, must know that no human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?”
“Aliyah Bet (Hebrew: ‘עלייה ב, “Aliyah ‘B’” - bet being the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet) was the code name given to illegal immigration by Jews to the British Mandate for Palestine in violation of British White Paper of 1939 restrictions, in the years 1934-1948. In modern day Israel it has also been called by the Hebrew term Ha’apala (Hebrew: ההעפלה; ascension). The Aliyah Bet is distinguished from the Aliyah Aleph (“Aliyah ‘A’”, Aleph being the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet): the limited Jewish immigration permitted by British authorities in the same period.”—Aliyah Bet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via subalterity)
“The term “illegal immigrant” was first used in 1939 as a slur by the British toward Jews who were fleeing the Nazis and entering Palestine without authorization. Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel aptly said that “no human being is illegal.””—Why ‘illegal immigrant’ is a slur - CNN.com (via subalterity)
“I don’t like Jose because he’s made out to be the savior of a movement that has been around long before him or I ever came into the picture. The mother fucker writes one essay about his life and suddenly he’s the face of immigration reform? The Dream Act? A working professional that ‘breaks’ the stereotype about what being an immigrant actually means because America would much rather give him legal status than a house keeper or construction worker who are working 12 hr days to support their family. Nah, that’s not fair to everyone who has worked and contributed to this movement. But this isn’t about him being at marches or getting arrested for the movement, it’s about others, especially those within the movement, putting him up on a pedestal of sorts and praising him for what he did. Thanking him sort of giving him a fucking blow job.”—Just a Random Hero: I don’t like Jose Antonio Vargas (via subalterity)
So I get that inter-generational gaps can become a bit of an issue in terms of communication within a family but it seems that that issue is blown out of proportion within an immigrant family. Then, it’s actually more disastrous within an Asian immigrant family.
I do this every year, and as I get older, they start to strip away whatever sugar they coated when I first asked the question when I was six. For me, especially on this day, it’s important for me to learn the history of my native country,my culture, the events leading up to my parents’ unanimous decision to leave the country they love yet fear because it instills me this anchor inside me, one that today tries to erase more than most others, and that is crucial to my identity; ’ I am Colombian first.’
The thing is, there comes this responsibility (I think) in recognizing my identity as Colombian, as an immigrant, and a child of immigrants, that I need to own up to. This responsibility is layered, so I’m going to break it down for y’all.
“UndocuQueer: Stories From The Intersection of the Undocumented and Queer Movements is a book currently being written to share the stories of those who are UndocuQueer.”—UndocuQueer Book | The Book (via subalterity)