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Next Monday DMVs across North Carolina will be re-issuing drivers
licenses to DACA youth. The pink striped licenses that will be issued
to us have been bashed as discriminatory and getting one may even be seen by some as being complicit in the government’s signaling out of undocumented people. I’ve been in conversations in which documented people look at me as if they want to save me… they are outraged that this is happening and some have even apologized for the outright discrimination the state is engaged in. The funny thing about that is that I’m not outraged…not at all. I’ve already won this battle. In fact, I won it back in 2010 when I declared myself to be undocumented and unafraid. All I need now is a license that forces the government to acknowledge me and my position as an undocumented person who refuses to be afraid and live in the shadows. A regular license would not accomplish that so thank you, North Carolina!

We’re on the same page. This has been more about dropping the fear than anything else.

The truth is that the alternative to a pink striped license came close
to being nothing at all. I’m going to check my privilege here because
the fact is that throughout the period that I have this license I will
have deferred action and that means I won’t be deported. Even if I
decided to not get a license, I would still not be risking the same
thing by driving without a license because deportation would be off
the table…even if only temporarily. There are others in my community that don’t have this privilege. My parents and older brothers and sisters certainly don’t. Having a drivers license in the family will be good no matter what color the license is. For me to not get one or to get caught up in picking a fight about how discriminatory this license will be is closing the door on an opportunity to open a conversation about drivers licenses for all undocumented people.

Again, the color that it comes in is secondary to the goal of empowerment that allows us to take this licenses and force them to be on our terms with an added level of accountability for the
discrimination that will happen no matter what.

At the NC DREAM Team we may have different opinions and some of us will get one of these licenses and others of us will decide not to.
The bottom line, though, is that we will drive without fear.

As the NC DREAM Team our priority is to help undocumented youth
recognize our individual and collective power. We seek to activate our communities and escalate in our efforts. We are guided by the voices of those directly affected:

· We welcome these licenses as an opportunity for some of us to have
an option that we did not have before.

· We are not safer with a regular license because discrimination still
happens on the basis of our skin color and the perceived immigration
status. At the end of the day we are still subject to deportation and harassment from law enforcement no matter what kind of license we get issued.

· Undocumented youth in North Carolina have been coming out as
undocumented, unafraid and unashamed since 2010. We will not allow a pink stripe to re-instate the shame that we gave up feeling with the empowerment of our community.

We aim to be empowered to get a pink striped license and take it as an opportunity to be undocumented and unafraid because we know how to fight back. If you are undocumented and were previously issued a regular license then go ahead and put that pink tape on your drivers license! You are undocumented. No need to hide it. Be empowered by it!

We are taking these licenses and engaging in this fight knowing that
the biggest and most important battle is the one in our head that
leads us to our own individual liberation independent of politicians,
policies, anti-immigrant groups, allies, the non-profit industrial
complex and anything and anyone in between.
No Fear

Join us on March 25th at 3:30pm at the DMV at 2431 Spring Forest Road North Raleigh, Unit 101, NC 27615. We will rally to declare that we will drive without fear!

Holding our drivers licenses hostage may be a game of politics for Anthony Tata, the Department of Transportation Secretary. But for Mayra Aguilar, a local DACA eligible youth and young mother from Garner, it is about survival and being able to care for her family and drive without fear. Mayra has requested a meeting with NCDOT Secretary Tata to seek accountability. This meeting is scheduled for today at 4 pm.

We need our community to stand behind Mayra and all undocumented youth across North Carolina. It’s time to get our licenses back!

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Mayra and her daughter

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DOT Secretary Tony Tata

Call NC Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata RIGHT NOW: 919-707-2800, 919-707-2834

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to support driver licenses for DACA immigrant youth like Mayra Aguilar who is meeting with Secretary Tata today. Mayra is a young mother and needs to be able to drive without fear. She needs a drivers license and Secretary Tata has a responsibility to keep all of North Carolina safe with licensed and insured drivers. We must put safety over hate politics.”

Earlier last month, NC Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Tata, decided to stop issuing driver’s licenses to DACA youth and has since kept our licenses hostage. For him, it is a game to flex his power and in that game all North Carolinians lose.

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Even after a favorable statement from our Attorney General, Roy Cooper, the NCDOT is still refusing to change this discriminatory policy. Tata is knowingly and intentionally attacking us as immigrant youth and in the process is violating federal directive and abusing his power to bully our communities.

Anthony Tata has the power to re-issue drivers licenses. We demand he do so immediately. We ask you to demand with us!

1) Sign & Share the petition:

http://action.dreamactivist.org/northcarolina/license/

2) Call NC Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata RIGHT NOW: 919-707-2800

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to support driver licenses for DACA
immigrant youth like Mayra Aguilar who is meeting with Secretary Tata
today. Mayra is a young mother and needs to be able to drive without
fear. She needs a drivers license and Secretary Tata has a
responsibility to keep all of North Carolina safe with licensed and
insured drivers. We must put safety over hate politics.”

3) Call Eric Boyette (NC DMV Commissioner) - (919) 861-3015

Sample script: “Hi, I am calling to ask that the NC DMV adhere to the
statement made by Attorney General Cooper saying DACA holders have a
right to obtain driver licenses by NC state law. I ask that this
official statement be reflected in the DMV’s requirements for driver
licenses immediately. Thank you!”

WE NEED OUR LICENSE BACK!!!

Sign the PETITION to get our driver license back by clicking here!

La marcha sigue en pie! Nos vemos mañana, Martes, afuera de las oficinas del Departamento de Transportacion. Mas detalles:

Cuando: Martes, 22 de Enero a las 9am
Donde: 1 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC

*Bring your banners, caps and gowns, and matracas.
**Parking: Street parking or on-site parking decks at 120 S. Wilmington St. and also 115 S. Wilmington St. ($2/hour).

Para mas informacion, favor de contactar a:
Jacki Aguilar: 919-395-8458
Jose Rico: 919-802-0508

 

After weeks of going back and forth on the recent change in policy by the DMV to not grant drivers licenses to immigrant youth that benefit from President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), it has become evident that the NC Department of Transportation does not intend to change back its policy. They will continue to hold our drivers licenses hostage.

Only weeks ago, the DMV stated that they would stop issuing drivers licenses until they heard from the opinion of Attorney General Roy Cooper. Late last week, Cooper issued a statement explaining that DACA beneficiaries not only hold legal presence, but that the state is required to issue us driver licenses:

“It is therefore our opinion that individuals who have been granted deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy directive are lawfully present in the United States during the period of deferment. As such, N.C. Gen. Stat. 20-7(s), which states that DMV shall issue a drivers license of limited duration to person who present valid documentation demonstrating deferment and meet all other statutory requirements, requires that such licenses be issued.”

Following Attorney General Cooper’s clarification, US Citizen & Immigration Services (USCIS) also issued a formal statement in regards to driver licenses for DACA recipients:

“Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. For purposes of future inadmissibility based upon unlawful presence, an individual whose case has been deferred is not considered to be unlawfully present during the period in which deferred action is in effect. An individual who has received deferred action is authorized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be present in the United States, and is therefore considered by DHS to be lawfully present during the period deferred action is in effect.”

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According to recent USCIS data,  as of this month there are 14,777 immigrant youth that were given deferred action in the state of North Carolina.

However, it has become apparent to us that our state’s Department of Transportation does not care much for these clarifications. They continue to discriminate DACA youth and have given no sign of changing back the DMV policy that keeps us from obtaining a driver license. They have also found an ally in their bullying of immigrant youth with Lt. Governor Dan Forest.

Nolicenses4illegalers

A recent statement given by NC Lt. Governor Dan Forest expresses:

“A person entering the United States illegally should not be afforded the privileges reserved for US citizens..”

This is yet another attack on us. You and I have a choice to make: Will we remain silent or fight back?

Here at the NC DREAM Team, we have heard our community loud and clear. We have received your calls and read your emails and messages that:  We NEED to fight back! We WANT to fight back! We WILL fight back!
DMVFAIL

Here’s what we need to do:

1. Sign the petition and make calls:

http://action.dreamactivist.org/northcarolina/license/

2. Come to the protest organized by local immigrant youth TOMORROW:

When: Tuesday, January 22 @ 9am
Where: 1 S Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC

*Bring your banners, caps and gowns, and matracas.
**Parking: Street parking or on-site parking decks at 120 S. Wilmington St. and also 115 S. Wilmington St. ($2/hour).

For more info on the protest please contact:
Jacki Aguilar: 919-395-8458
Jose Rico: 919-802-0508

See you there!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 29, 2022

Contact: Viridiana Martinez    (919)704-0599

dreamteamnc@gmail.com

ncdreamteam.org

Youth Come Out as UNDOCUMENTED and UNAFRAID in NC Legislature

 

Undocumented Youth Face Anti-Immigrant Committee in NC Legislature

As the newly developed Standing House Committee on the State’s Role on Immigration works on drafting a comprehensive anti-immigrant plan for NC, undocumented youth are determined to drop the fear and face the members of this committee by showing up at the committee’s meeting and making themselves heard.

“My name is Uriel Alberto; I am undocumented, unafraid, and unashamed!” Uriel is an undocumented youth who is determined to be present at the committee’s meeting. When asked why he simply states “I refuse to be bullied and intimidated by this committee and choose to empower my community.”

This will be the third of a total of six meetings that this committee will have. These committee meetings are open to the public and like in the past two meetings a large number of anti-immigrant supporters are expected. The environment that these undocumented youth will be in will be a hostile one.

NC DREAM Team and other undocumented youth will show presence in tomorrow’s meeting in an effort to stop the spread of Arizona SB 1070 copycats across the south and a possible similar bill draft for NC.

Where: 16 West Jones St. Raleigh, NC 27601; ROOM 643 Legislative Office Building,

When: 1:00 pm, 2-29-2012

What: Undocumented Youth Face Anti-Immigrant Committee in NC Legislature

Who: NC DREAM Team

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LUCHADORAS 3 Saturday 12-3 at Motorco, Durham

(En español abajo.)

As a team, our approach to the issues that face our community remains bold, unrelenting and defiant of an oppressive system. We are warriors. We are luchadores. Our fighting spirit also serves as a strong reminder to maintain a happy balance and never forget to celebrate ourselves, our communities and our cultures as we work toward a better future for all immigrants.

Tomorrow we fight again in LUCHADORAS 3 at Motorco in Durham from noon to 3pm. Come for lucha, sangre, miedo… y tacos!

We keep an open mind when seeking opportunities to fundraise that engage our community in ways to further our cohesive mission, while still having fun. Luckily, we’ve met cool folks doing cool things. We had the opportunity to partner up with Jeff and King, longtime Durham event promoters Jeff Johnson and King Kenney. They brought all-female lucha libre to Durham. Three of our team members participated in and helped organize the first two LUCHADORAS events (we decline to reveal their identities as to honor the tradition of lucha libre. Osea, respeta!). Jeff and King graciously donated the proceeds from the second event in January to the team. Thank you to them and everyone in the community who came to support the cause. And we’d like to thank mystery Brooklyn man Josh, who knowingly donated $100 to buy a signed luchadora poster with all the money going to the team. (If you’re reading this, send us your address!)

Backstage at LUCHADORAS 1. Photo by Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez

So why do we luchar in the ring, and continue to luchar in our communities? The parallels are incredible. Here are La Sirenita de Tijuana’s thoughts:

I’ve always had an obsession with lucha libre for various reasons: 1) because my uncle used to take me when I was little in Mexico with my cousin 2) because when I turned six we moved to the U.S. for good and I was practically raised an American but without letting go of my roots 3) for this reason all that is “Mexican” is very important in my life.

I never in my life imagined i would be a luchadora. I have always known about lucha libre, I went to the matches as a girl but I never really asked myself or studied what the true meaning of this sport was to the spectators. Why does it feel so special?  In the beginning lucha libre was an institution of entertainment that little by little sewed itself into the fabric of Mexican culture. With the creation of the personas of the luchadores and the fights being between good and evil, the people started to relate with them given that the evil characters could well represent foes from real life. It was this way that lucha libre became part of the community, of the every day life and how a lot of luchadores became superheroes.

A lot of luchadores like El Santo, Blue Demon, Huracán Ramírez became pop culture legends via their cult movies in which they fight against zombies, the mummies of Guanajuato, the crazy scientists that want to subjugate us for their own evil interest, etc.

The beautiful thing about lucha libre for me is that it started as one thing and transformed into a medium that gave the ignored people (people with a struggle) a voice. One important example is Superbarrio Gómez, a luchador from the barrio, inspired by all the luchadores and the daily injustices he and his barrio faced. Another exemplary luchador is Fray Tormenta, a priest. Through lucha libre, Fray Tormenta was able to finance his orphanage and he became a hero that gave his mass in a mask. The people loved him.

I believe that our project of introducing lucha libre to Durham is very similar to the origins of lucha libre in Mexico. We started it with the idea of doing something that excited us but without really knowing what lucha libre was all about. The reasons we started Luchadoras are valid and beautiful, like funding Thanksgiving lunches for lower income communities and now for the NC DreamTeam! The more we practice it though the more we learn about ourselves and of the sport and how we can use lucha libre as a tool to do something good in the community. It’s also always a good thing to introduce different cultures to people and provide a space or excuse for people from all parts of the city to congregate and enjoy something in common.

I love that we have made this a league of all women! In the beginning this wasn’t meant to be a feminist movement but it has given us more confidence in ourselves and at least for me, it has converted me into an aspiring luchadora. There are women in other parts of the world that have become luchadoras to empower themselves, some because their husbands abused them and others for different reasons, but I have a lot of respect for them. I hope that Luchadoras can be a way to empower the women of the Triangle. All women are welcome!

¿Por qué luchar?

Como equipo, nuestra manera de enfrentar los problemas que plagan a nuestra comunidad sigue siendo audaz, implacable y desafiante de un sistema opresivo. Somos guerreros. Somos luchadores. A medida que trabajamos hacia un futuro mejor para todos los inmigrantes, nuestro espíritu de lucha también nos recuerda de la importancia de mantener un balance feliz y de nunca olvidar que debemos celebrarnos unos a otros, celebrar nuestras comunidades y nuestras culturas.

Mañana luchamos de nuevo en Luchadoras 3 en Motorco en Durham de 12  a 3pm. Ven a ver lucha, sangre, miedo… y a comer tacos!

Las muejeres de LUCHADORAS 2. Foto por Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez.

Nos gusta mantener una mente abierta en torno la búsqueda de oportunidades para recaudar fondos. Intentamos de que la forma en que recaudamos fondos sea siempre de una manera que se dedique a nuestra misión de cohesión en la comunidad y sin dejar de divertirnos. Por suerte, hemos conocido a gente padre haciendo cosas padres. Tuvimos la oportunidad de asociarnos con Jeff y King, quienes desde hace mucho tiempo son promotores de eventos en Durham. Jeff Johnson y King Kenney intoducieron lucha libre de solo hembras a Durham. Tres miembros de nuestro equipo participaron en los dos primeros eventos de LUCHADORAS (nos abstenemos de revelar sus identidades como un honor la tradición de la lucha libre. Osea, Respeta!) . El Jefe y El Rey decidieron donar las ganancias de la segunda edición de LUCHADORAS en enero para el equipo. Gracias a ellos y a todos los miembros de la comunidad que vinieron a apoyar la causa. También nos gustaría dar las gracias al misterioso hombre de Brooklyn, Josh, que pago $ 100 para comprar un póster firmado por todas las luchadoras y los cuales fueron donados en su totalidad a el equipo también. (Si estás leyendo esto, envíanos tu dirección!)

La Sirenita de Tijuana y La Aguila Dorada durante LUCHADORAS 2. Foto por Paul Cuadros.

¿Por qué luchamos en el ring asi como seguimos luchando en nuestras comunidades? Alli les van los pensamientos de La Sirenita de Tijuana:

Siempre he tenido una obsesión con la lucha libre por varias razones: 1) porqué mi tío me llevaba a las luchas de niña cuando vivía en México con mi prima 2) porqué cuando cumplí seis años nos mudamos a los estado unidos para siempre y prácticamente crecí con la cultura americana pero nunca perdí mis raíces 3) por ésta razón todo lo que es “mexicano” se me hizo muy importante en mi vida.

Nunca en mi vida me imaginé que iba a ser luchadora. Siempre he sabido de la lucha libre, fui a las luchas de niña pero realmente nunca me pregunté o estudié lo que significa la lucha libre para los espectadores. ¿Por qué se siente tan especial?  Al principio la lucha libre era una institución de diversión que poco a poco se cosió en la fábrica cultural de México. Con la creación de los personajes de los luchadores y las peleas entre los buenos y los malos (o los técnicos vs. los rudos) la gente empezó a relacionar con ellos ya que los rudos pueden representar enemigos de la vida real. Fue así que la lucha libre se convirtió parte de la comunidad, de la vida cotidiana y como los luchadores se convirtieron en superhéroes.

Muchos luchadores como El Santo, Blue Demon, Huracán Ramírez se convirtieron en leyendas de la cultura popular por medio de sus películas en donde pelean en contra de los zombies, las momias de Guanajuato, los científicos locos que quieren someternos para su propio malvado interés, etc.

Lo bonito de la lucha libre para mí es que empezó como una cosa y se transformó a un medio que le dio voz a la gente ignorada. Un ejemplo importante es Superbarrio Gómez, un luchador del barrio, inspirado por todos los luchadores y las injusticias diarias. Superbarrio dice de su razón por ser luchador, “Yo sentí, algunos años después, que la Lucha en las Arenas y lo que ahí acontecía, necesitaban un pequeño soplo. Yo quise que la Lucha Libre, ese gran simbolismo - real y cósmico, se trasladara fielmente, sin maquillajes, a la lucha social y política cotidiana.” Otro luchador ejemplar es Fray Tormenta, un sacerdote  y “fundador de una casa hogar donde sostenía alrededor de [cincuenta] niños.” Por medio de la lucha libre, Fray Tormenta pudo financiar su orfanato y se convirtió en un héroe que daba misa en su máscara. La gente lo adoraba.

Pienso que nuestro proyecto en presentar la lucha libre en Durham es muy similar con la origen de la lucha libre en México. Lo empezamos con la idea de hacer algo que nos emociona pero sin completamente saber de que se trata la lucha libre. Las razones por empezar Luchadoras son válidas y bonitas, como fundar lonches de pavo para el dia de acción de gracias para las comunidades menos afortunadas y ahora para el NC DreamTeam. Lo más que lo practicamos lo más que aprendemos de nosotras mismas y del deporte y como se puede usar como una herramienta para hacer algo bueno en la comunidad. También es bueno introducir diferentes culturas a todos tipos de gente y proveer un espacio o una excusa para hacer la gente de todas partes de la ciudad congregar en un lugar y disfrutar de algo común.

Me encanta que hemos hecho esto una liga de todas mujeres. Al principio no era un movimiento feminista pero nos ha dado más confianza en nosotras mismas y tal si quiera a mí me ha convertido en una luchadora aspirante. Hay mujeres en otras parte del mundo quién se convirtieron en luchadoras para empoderarse, algunas porqué sus esposos abusaban de ellas y otras por otras razones, pero les tengo mucho respeto. Espero que Luchadoras sea una forma de empoderar a las mujeres del Triángulo. ¡Todas las mujeres son bienvenidas!

In November of last year, we lost Joaquin Luna, an 18-year-old undocumented youth from Texas. Joaquin, like many other undocumented youth in the United States, thought that he had no future. He saw no help available or anyone he could relate to since he had dreams on going to college and becoming an engineer. Many of us still mourn his departure.

Today, however, we have youth like 22-year-old Yanelli Hernandez from Ohio. Yanelli, just like Joaquin, realized that there wasn’t any help or future dealing with the reality of being undocumented. She came here all by herself when she was just 13. She never had the opportunity to go to school because, at the age of 15, she began working at a factory in order to help put food on her family’s table. Yanelli has been battling with depression to the point that she has already attempted suicide not once, but twice. She has been incarcerated for the past 9 months in Butler County jail. While detained, Yanelli has started taking classes and is hoping to start on her GED soon. She dreams of one day becoming a veterinarian.

Yanelli, Dream Act eligible-youth is set to be deported on Tuesday, January 31st.

Please, sign the petition here: http://action.dreamactivist.org/yanelli

TODAY, is National UndocuHealth Day.

The NC Dream Team will hold a solidarity vigil to call for a stop at Yanelli’s deportation and bring local immigrant youth together to raise awareness about the mental anguish and undocumented reality they face.

Where: YWCA of the Greater Triangle (Eliminating Racism Empowering Women), 554 E. Hargett Street

Time: 6:30pm until 7:30pm

When: Monday, January 30th—TODAY!!

Media Advisory            Tuesday, November 15th

Contact: Mohammad Abdollahi  | Cell: 734.262.9705

Email: mo@dreamactivist.org

Contact: Dayanna Rebolledo | Cell: 313.319.5524

 

Historical Civil Disobedience in Montgomery, Alabama:

Undocumented Parents, 55, 39, 30 and 25 Risk Arrest

Four parents join dozens of undocumented youth in demanding HB56 author—State Senator Beason— stop the hate

 

***Watch Live at 3:00pm EST - http://bit.ly/livealundoc ***

MONTGOMERY, Ala.— 12 undocumented immigrants participate in an act of civil disobedience today in front of the Alabama State Capitol. They will publicly declare their undocumented status in defiance of HB 56, which is considered to be the harshest anti-immigrant bill in the country.

“We want to remind the immigrants of this state that they have a voice and it’s time to use it,” said Belen Rebelledo, an undocumented mother of three.  “We are here to stop Alabama from once again trying to turn the power of the state against those who live in it.”

Participants for today’s event have come together from all over the country to stand in solidarity with the community in Alabama. “What happens to one of us affects all of us regardless of where we live” said Alma Diaz, an undocumented immigrant who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 22.  Now 30 Alma fights for her community and is taking this risk, knowing she could be arrested and deported, because doing nothing is no longer an option. “What has hiding in the shadows gotten us? We must fight back; it is the only way to end the pain we see in our communities.”

When:       November 15th at 2:00pm: Alabama House of Reps

11 South Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36130-2102

What:  Undocumented parents and youth deliver a letter to state legislators demanding a change in anti-immigrant rhetoric and wait for response.

Where:  In front of Alabama State Legislature.

Who:  Martin Unzueta, 55; Belen Rebelledo, 39; Alma Diaz, 30; Jaime Guzman, 25, of Portland, OR; Catalina Rios, 19, of Detroit, MI; Ernesto Zumaya, 25, of Los Angeles, CA;  Myasha Arellano, 18, of San Fernando Valley, CA; Krsna Avila, 23, of Oakland, CA; Fernanda Marroquin, 22, of Philadelphia, PA; Cesar Marroquin, 21, of Philadelphia, PA; and Cynthia Perez, 27, of Indianapolis, IN.

Martin Unzueta, an undocumented immigrant living in the U.S. for the past 17 years is taking action to confront the lies; “The Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement lie because they are hurting our communities with their actions. We are doing civil disobedience because we are not afraid of confronting those who lie.”

Jaime Limon-Guzman, an undocumented parent from Oregon is in Alabama to protect his family; “At 12, my parents brought me to the U.S.to give me a better life.  I worry everyday for my 2 year old daughter, I am now taking the same risk my parents took to give her a better and more secure future.

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The Alabama Youth Collective is an undocumented youth-led organization working to better the lives of immigrants in the state of Alabama.  The Youth Collective firmly believes in the principles of non-violent direct action.

 

Profile of parents participating in today’s civil disobedience

Belen Rico came to the U.S. 11 years ago to provide her children with a more promising future. Now 39 years old and a mother of three, she works multiple jobs in order to provide for her family. After spending time with immigrant communities inAlabama, she has witnessed first-hand how HB 56 is tearing families apart. Recognizing that she cannot sit by inDetroit while such injustice is happening inBirmingham, Belen feels that the time has come to take a stand. In her words, “As parents, we need to come out of the shadows and walk side by side with our children. We need to stand united so that our message can be strong and clear: we will no longer remain silent.”

Martin Unzueta has been in the United States for 17 years. A resident of Chicago,Illinois, the 55 year-old has been a long-time community organizer and now advocates for the rights of workers at the Chicago Community and Workers’ Rights Center. Martin refuses to stay silent while 1,100 people are deported every day. He recognizes that the majority of them are victims of Secure Communities, which criminalizes the families and workers like him who form the backbone of this society. He is taking this risk because he is tired of seeing his children suffer and is tired of the lies of ICE. Martin is fighting back because he will not be afraid of those who lie to entire communities under the guise of freedom.

Alma Diaz has lived in America for almost a decade. From Cincinnati,Ohio, she has worked hard to achieve the elusive American Dream. At 30 years old,Alma is a wife and mother, a student at Cincinnati State Community College, where she studies Business Management, and a community volunteer at the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, where she educates her fellow community members about their rights and fights to minimize wage theft. She has demonstrated, through her actions, her value of service to the community and of education. With these same values in mind,Alma is taking action in Alabama. She hopes to empower other undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows and take a stand, in order to keep their families together and hold America accountable to its own values.

Jaime Limon-Guzman came to the United States at age 12 from Mexico. Jaime currently works as an organizer and mentor in his community in Oregon. As a young parent of a 2 year old, He fears he will be separated from his daughter due to his immigration status. Jaime decided to risk deportation by sharing his story in Alabama in hopes to put an end to law that dehumanizes his community.

 

Remaining profiles will be loaded on www.dreamactivist.org    |    @dreamact

Javier Santos with his wife, Leticia, and two children. He missed the birth of his third child because he still sits in a detention center. Javier con su esposa, Leticias, y sus dos hijos. El perdio el nacimiento de su tercera hija porque todavia esta en un centro de detencion.

by Victoria Bouloubasis
(Read below for Spanish/ En español abajo)

Regardless of the issues at stake, our nation’s political debate seems to be fueled by bloated jargon and calculated strategy. Among them, the “family unit” has become a political label, a contrived moral badge and, at times, a shield, used by conservatives, liberals and all that fall in between.

So why is this nation still tearing families apart?

As we’ve detailed in an earlier post, Javier Santos entered the Mecklenburg County Jail in Charlotte, NC, after being stopped for a broken tail light—and consequently arrested—while driving home from work on Sept. 6. That same day, ten undocumented youth were arrested for participating in a sit-in. Members of the NC DREAM Team met Javier in jail. Overnight, the team was released. Javier was transferred to an Atlanta detention center, where he sits awaiting deportation. (Click here to sign the petition to bring him back.)

Javier and his wife Leticia. She is waiting for him at home, sick, due to complications with the pregnancy. Javier y su esposa Leticia. Ella le espera a casa, enferma, por complicaciones con el nacimiento de su tercer hijo.

Javier left behind a pregnant wife and two children, ages 8 and 11. His wife, Leticia, gave birth to their third child, a premature baby girl. She had many complications during the birth that doctors have attributed to stress and a surprise onset of diabetes. The family of four lost their sole provider in Javier and have since moved from their home to a new apartment because, according to Javier’s sister, Griselda, they couldn’t afford to make rent payments with Javier in detention.

“So many of us don’t have a driver’s license,” Griselda said. “If we don’t drive, we can’t work and feed our family. If you can’t work, you have no place to live, nothing to eat.”

She spoke of her sister-in-law—-a woman who is literally sick and tired, a mother worried about her children and a wife missing her husband and trying to maintain hope of his return home.

“It’s not the same, living without your partner. She needs him. The kids need him.”

Griselda worries about her niece and nephew. When Leticia doesn’t have the strength to talk about their father, Griselda steps in. “My own kids had someone come speak to them at school about the effects of an absent parent. It made me think of my niece and nephew,” she explained. “[My nephew] was happy before. From what I’ve seen now, he’s a bit more rude. If something bothers him, he pushes or hits his cousin. And my niece was never like that, but now she is always bothered about something.”

“Leticia says ‘there are days when I feel so alone,’” Griselda continued. “She sees them crying and asking for their father. They are deporting so many people that are fathers of families and that don’t have any criminal backgrounds.”

According to recent ICE statistics provided by an article in the Winston-Salem Journal, “Nearly half of the immigrants processed by an immigration court in the United States were not convicted of criminal offenses […] for federal fiscal year 2011, which started Oct. 1”

With a brave voice, she tells me she plans to address this issue at the source, in person. Griselda will attempt to speak with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at Duke University this Thursday on behalf of her brother and his family.

Will you be there to support her?

“So many families are being separated. Those who suffer are the children.”

Please join us as we support Griselda on Thursday. Please, please sign the petition to stop Javier’s deportation and the separation of his family. Urge your friends to do the same. And, like Griselda, confront DHS. Make the call to keep the de los Santos family together.

A pesar de los problemas que están en juego, el debate político de nuestra nación parece ser estimulado por estrategias tan calculadas. Entre estas cosas, “la familia” se ha convertido en una etiqueta política, en una insignia artificial de la moralidad y, a veces, en un escudo usado por los conservadores, los liberales y todos aquellos que se encuentran en medio.

Entonces, ¿Por qué esta nación sigue separando a familias?

Como hemos detallado antes, Javier Santos entró a la cárcel del condado de Mecklenburg en Charlotte, NC, después de haber sido parado por tener una luz trasera de su auto rota el 6 de septiembre en camino a casa y, por consequencia, fue arrestado. Este mismo día diez jóvenes indocumentados fueron arrestados por participar en una desobediencia civil.

Miembros arrestados del NC DREAM Team conocieron a Javier en la cárcel. Durante la noche, los miembros del equipo fueron liberados ya que su acción fue un acto publico televisado por las noticias locales y nacionales. Sin embargo y a la misma vez, Javier fue traslado a un centro de detención en Atlanta, donde ahora espera su deportación. Haz clic aquí para firmar la petición para que Javier regrese a casa.

Al estar detenido, Javier dejo a su esposa embarazada y sus dos hijos de 8 y 11 anos de edad. Su esposa Leticia dio a luz a su hija prematuramente. Ella tuvo muchos problemas durante el nacimiento cuales los médicos han atribuido al estrés. También, ahora hay en Leticia un comienzo de diabetes. Sin Javier, esta familia de cuatro perdieron el apoyo financiero del que dependían y se han tenido que mudar a un apartamento nuevo porque, según Griselda, la hermana de Javier, ellos ya no pudieron pagar la renta que tenían.

“Varios de nosotros ya no tenemos licencia. Si no manejamos, no podemos trabajar y darles comida a la familia,” dijo Griselda.
Ella habló de su cuñada Leticia, una mujer que está literalmente enferma y cansada, una madre preocupada por sus hijos y una esposa que extraña a su esposo y que trata de mantener fe que el regresará.

“No es lo mismo sin su pareja. Lo necesita, lo necesitan los niños,” dijo Griselda. Griselda se preocupa mucho por sus sobrinos. Cuando Leticia no tiene la fuerza de hablarle a sus hijos sobre su papa, Griselda le ayuda.

“Mis hijos tuvieron a alguien en la escuela hablando de cómo afecta la ausencia de una mama o un papa,” contó Griselda. “Me empiezo acordar de mis sobrinos. Antes mi sobrino era alegre, pero como que he visto que se porta un poco más grosero. Si algo le molesta, lo empuja o le pega a su primo. También, mi sobrinita antes no era así, ahora ella siempre se muestra molesta por algo.”

“Leticia me dice “hay días en que me siento sola en este momento,’” Griselda siguió. “ Los ve llorando y preguntan por su papa. Están deportando a muchas personas que son padres de familia y no tienes incidentes criminales.”

Según un reporte sobre inmigración (ICE) en el Winston-Salem Journal, “Casi la mitad de inmigrantes procesados por una corte de inmigración en los Estados Unidos no fueron declarado culpables de ofensas criminales […] en el ano fiscal del 2011, que empezó Oct. 1”

Con una voz valiente, Griselda me dice que planea enfrentar este problema en directo y en persona. Griselda tratará de hablar con la Secretaria del Departamento de Seguridad Interna (DHS), Janet Napolitano, en la Universidad de Duke este jueves en Durham. Griselda hace esto por parte de su hermano y su familia.

Estarás allí para darle tu apoyo?

“Pues muchas familias las están separando. Los que están sufriendo son los niños.” Por favor vengan con nosotros para apoyar a Griselda este jueves. Por favor, firme la petición para parar la deportación de Javier y la separación de su familia. Pidan a sus amig@s y familia que hagan lo mismo y, al igual que Griselda, se enfrenten a DHS sin miedo. ¡Llama hoy para reunir a la familia Santos!

Because prejudice in our legislation affects all of us, we must remain united. We are happy and proud to be a part of this workshop tomorrow in Durham. Read below for more details.

Porque el prejuicio y la hostilidad en las leyes de nuestro estado nos afectan a tod@s, tenemos que ser unidos. Estamos orgullosos de ser parte de este taller mañana en Durham. Favor de leer abajo para mas detalles.

{Ver más abajo para español}

All of Us North Carolina: 

Moving our people to vote “No!” on Amendment One as we build a justice movement 

Sponsored by All of Us NC, Southerners On New Ground, Immigrants and Allies United for Justice,

NC Dream Team, Equality NC, HKonJ Coalition

Saturday, September 24th. 5-8pm

First Presbyterian Church  305 East Main Street  Durham, NC 27701

People of all ages welcome. Wheelchair-accessible. Spanish-English interpretation available. Free & meaningful childcare.

5-6pm Dinner by Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, no charge, donations welcome.

6-8pm Participatory workshop (interested children welcome & childcare also available)

Contact allofusnc@gmail.com or call us at 919-618-0442

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In a moment when North Carolinians are struggling for employment, education, housing, healthcare, violence-free communities, and clean water, self-interested legislators have decided to put a family discrimination constitutional amendment on the May 2012 ballot. Come, let’s mourn the hurt, understand the issues at stake with the amendment, and practice using relational organizing as a tool to build a broad-based movement. If we unite, we can defeat the amendment, strengthen our skills, and also deepen our relationships for the long haul. When the right-wing tries to take away anyone’s services or benefits, they’ll have all of us to reckon with.

All of Us North Carolina believes in fighting to win, with our eyes on the prize beyond the prize, using grassroots popular education. Southerners On New Ground is a Southern regional home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality. Immigrants and Allies for Justicebrings together immigrants, students, workers, and families for a stronger progressive movement. The NC DREAM Team is an organization of undocumented immigrant youth and allies fighting institutionalized discrimination and exploitation of immigrant communities through a sustainable, community-led movement.Equality NC is a statewide group dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for LGBT people. HKonJ is a coalition of progressive groups across North Carolina.

Become a fan of All Of Us NC at www.facebook.com/AllOfUsNorthCarolina

Thanks for spreading the word! We have room for 100 people, and we especially encourage youth, elders, people of color, poor and working people, LGBTQ people, immigrants and other marginalized people to consider participating.

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Tod@s Nosotr@s de Carolina del Norte (All Of Us NC, en inglés): Impulsar nuestro pueblo a votar “¡No!” mientras estamos construyendo un movimiento para la justicia

Patrocinado por: Sureñ@s en Nueva Tierra (SONG, por sus siglas en inglés), Inmigrantes y Aliados Unidos por la Justicia (IAUFJ, por sus siglas en inglés), NC ‘DREAM Team’, Igualdad de Carolina del Norte, HKonJ Coalición 

Sábado, 24 de septiembre. 5-8pm

Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana  (First Presbyterian Church) ♦ 305 E Main Street ♦ Durham, NC 27701

 Gente de todas edades son bienvenidas. Contamos con interpretación Español-Inglés. Contamos con cuidado de niños gratuito con actividades relacionadas al evento.

5-6pm ~  Cena por Curryblossom de Vimala, cena gratuita y se aceptarán donaciones.

6-8pm ~ Taller participativo (niñ@s interesad@s en participar son bienvenid@s & cuidado de niños disponible)

 

Contacte allofusnc@gmail.com o llámenos al  919-618-0442

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Cuando los residentes de Carolina del Norte están batallando por empleo, educación, vivienda, asistencia médica, comunidades sin violencia, y agua potable, los legisladores egoístas han decidido añadir una enmienda constitucional de discriminación familiar en la boleta electoral de Mayo 2012. Vengan, vamos a lamentar la decisión, aprender sobre los temas  alrededor de la  enmienda, y practicar usando el método de “organización relacional” como una herramienta para construir un movimiento de amplia base. Junt@s, podemos vencer la enmienda, fortalecer nuestras habilidades, y ampliar nuestras relaciones a lo largo. Cuando la ultraderecha intenta quitar los servicios o beneficios de cualquier persona, se la verán con nosotr@s.  

 All of Us North Carolina (Tod@s Nosotr@s de Carolina del Norte), utilizando educación popular de base, cree en luchar para ganar, enfocada en el horizonte y más allá. Southerners On New Ground (Sureñ@s en Nueva Tierra) es hogar regional del sur de la liberación LGBTQ cruzando fronteras de raza, clase, habilidades, edad, cultura, género, y sexualidad. Immigrants and Allies United for Justice (Inmigrantes y Aliados Unidos por la Justicia) une a inmigrantes, estudiantes, trabajadores, y familias para formar un movimiento progresivo más fuerte. NC DREAM Team es una organización de jóvenes indocumentados y aliados que luchan contra la discriminación institucionalizada y la explotación de comunidades inmigrantes a través de un movimiento sostenible guiado por la comunidad. Equality NC (Igualdad de Carolina del Norte) es un grupo estatal que se dedica a asegurar los derechos justos y la justicia para personas LGBT. HKonJ es una coalición de grupos progresistas en Carolina del Norte.

Vuélvete un@ amig@ de All of Us NC (Tod@s Nosotr@s de Carolina del Norte) en www.facebook.com/AllOfUsNorthCarolina

¡Gracias por correr la voz!  Tenemos espacio para 100 persona, y animamos a los jóvenes, viejitos, gente de pueblos oprimidos, gente pobre y trabajador, gente LGBTQ, inmigrantes, y otras personas marginadas que participen. 

Photos by J. Valas

Words alone cannot fully describe the scene as 7 undocumented youth -surrounded by nearly 200 supporters- took to the streets of Charlotte. If you haven’t already heard their stories, please listen to them in their own words.

Here are some photos of the brave, undocumented youth who took part in Tuesday’s action, you can find more pics of the rally, march and action over on flickr. Clips from the action can also be seen here.

AliciaCynthia

SantiagoMarco

AngelicaManuel

Martin

In addition to the NC7, three other undocumented youth were arrested and detained: Isabel, Mohammad and Viridiana.

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