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Urge her to stop this mother’s deportation!

In the days leading up to Christmas, a North Carolina family may be separated. Yesterday, nine-year-old Nayely and seven-year-old Blanca sat in Senator Kay Hagan’s office with members of the NC DREAM Team, urging the senator to halt the deportation of their mother, Maria Juana. Senator Hagan shamefully ignored these children’s pleas.

“My senator has the power to keep my mom from going to Mexico.” Nayely said.

“All I want for Christmas is my mom,” said Blanca.

Sign the petition!


NC DREAM Team members Elisa Benitez and Cinthia Marroquin refused to leave Senator Hagan’s office until the senator wrote a letter of support for the family to stop the deportation. The senator ignored the family and team’s pleas, and both Benitez and Marroquin were arrested after three hours. They were released shortly afterward.

“We spoke with Hagan’s staffers and it was really clear that they only cared for my opinions because I have papers,” Elisa said. “They brushed over everyone else, including Maria Juana, who came in to speak about her case, with her two daughters, sister and an interpreter that we had to provide.”

Yet, Maria Juana is still set to be deported on Dec. 27. Due to the inaction of Senator Kay Hagan, this family risks being separated and Nayely and Blanca will be left without a parent. Maria Juana is a single mother of three and the sole provider for her family. In a country publicly touting family values, Maria Juana’s deportation would only add to the hypocrisy of politicians and authority and the nearly 250,000 deportations of parents who have U.S. citizen children. Maria Juana is not a criminal, though the following statement was released by Senator Hagan’s office in response to yesterday’s request:

“It is the office’s policy that we do not comment on any individual constituent case.  In general, Senator Hagan supports prioritizing the use of the federal government’s limited resources on those individuals who pose a risk to national security or public safety.”

How does a hard-working mother providing a life for her three U.S. citizen children pose a risk to national security and public safety? Senator Hagan shamefully ignored this family. But there is still time to urge her to stand up for this North Carolina family, this mother, these children.


Call Hagan’s office and insist she urges ICE to stop Maria Juana’s deportation!

Washington D.C.: 202-224-6342
Greensboro: 336-333-5311

Sample script: “Hi I’m calling to urge the senator to support Nayely and Blanca. They need their mom this Christmas. She will be deported in 6 days. Will the senator keep Nayely and Blanca’s family together?”

What Senators can do:

1. Issue a signed letter in support of Maria Juana Perez. The letter should specifically ask that Maria’s deportation be stopped and her request for discretion. The senator must take a position on Maria’s case.

2. Call John Morton, the director of ICE, directly and ask that he use his discretion. Senators in many previous cases have made this call.

3. Issue a private bill. Any senator can sponsor a private bill and as soon as one is issued it will put a hold on any deportation for the remainder of the congressional session.

If Senator Hagan’s office tells you anything different then push them to do the above. They have the power to do it.

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!

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!

Rodrigo, a bright 16 year old, will have to check in with ICE with a one way ticket back to Mexico in hand this Tuesday, October 4th. Join us at 10:00 a.m. this Tuesday in Charlotte as we hold a press conferernce and gather in support of Rodrigo and his family!

Rodrigo was brought to the United States when he was only 10 years old. Originally from Mexico, for the past 6 years he has made Charlotte, North Carolina his home. Now 16 years old, Rodrigo finds himself fighting his deportation to a country he no longer calls his home.

Earlier this year, Rodrigo was accused of shoplifting at his local mall. Since North Carolina is one of only two states that prosecute 16 and 17 year-olds as adults, Rodrigo, despite being 16, was processed through the 287-g program. Since that day the criminal charges have been dropped, yet Immigration and Customs Enforcement still wants to deport him to a country that is no longer his home.

Your help is needed immediately!
4 Ways to Take Action:

1. Join Rodrigo this Tuesday, October 4th as he checks in with ICE. We will be holding a press conference and need the community to show their support. 10:00 a.m. at 6180 Tyvola Center Dr. in Charlotte.

2. Call DHS - Janet Napolitano (202-282-8495) and ICE - John Morton (202-732-3000)

Sample Script: “Hi, I am calling to ask that DREAM-Eligible student Rodrigo Cruz (A# 200-971-037) be allowed to stay in the U.S. Rodrigo has been living in the U.S. for over 6 years. Now 16, he is a sophomore at his high school in Charlotte, North Carolina and dreams of going to college to study International Relations. Don’t deport Rodrigo Cruz.”

3. Sign the petition and ask all of your friends to sign it!

4. Text “Rodrigo” to 919-924-0946 to sign up for action alerts to save Rodrigo.

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 or call us at 919-618-0442


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

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.


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 o llámenos al  919-618-0442


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

¡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. 

Photo via Charlotte Observer



For Immediate Release
Domenic Powell (704) 281 - 9911
Jose Torres-Don (512) 659-1829

The NC DREAM Team will hold a press conference today in Charlotte

When: Thurs., Sept. 8, 2011 at 12:30pm
Where: Mecklenburg County Courthouse
832 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC

We invite the immigrant community and the community of North Carolina to join us  today. Three of the #NC7  undocumented youth arrested at the immigrant rights rally Tuesday have been released. They will speak directly about their experiences.  Please spread the word and join us.

And please help us take action in stopping “Secure Communities” throughout our country. Sign our petition here and spread the word.

**UPDATE** See full release below.

Domenic Powell (704) 281 - 9911
Jose Torres-Don (512) 659-1829

Three of ten undocumented youth released, will hold press conference today
ICE begins deportation proceedings, futures remain unclear

CHARLOTTE—Three of the ten undocumented youth arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina this Tuesday for protesting against both the discriminatory practices at public colleges in North Carolina and the devastating effects of 287g and Secure Communities have been released.

Santiago Garcia, Martin Rodriguez and Manuel Vazquez were released late last night. The other four participants, Cynthia Martinez, Marco Saavedra, Alicia Torres-Don and Angelica Velazquillo will appear in court at 1PM today. The other three undocumented activists who were arrested, Mohammad Abdollahi, Isabel Castillo and Viridiana Martinez also remain in jail.

By releasing three of the ten undocumented arrested at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, undocumented youth have proven that they can stand up to an administration eager to deport them.

“We stood up for what we believe in,” said Manuel Vazquez. “But more importantly, we stood up for ourselves and our communities.”

The action marked exactly one year before the Democratic National Convention. Until this point, Democrats have been the assumed allies of immigrants, in the face of Republican governors supporting anti-immigrant laws like Arizona’s SB1070. However, anti-immigrant policies such as 287(g) and Secure Communities have flourished under this Democratic president. Undocumented youth should not be expected to support a president who has deported more people than President Eisenhower during Operation Wetback.

Garcia was issued an Alien Number and issued paperwork stating that he was going to be transferred to Stewart Detention Center in Georgia. Several other participants were issued Alien Numbers or placed in immigration holds. The future of their deportation cases is unclear. However, this action shows that the Obama Administration either still actively deports undocumented youth or has absolutely no control of its local offices.

“I thought I was on my way to Georgia,” said Garcia. “I sat in jail for hours not knowing when and if I would see my family soon.

The seven participants are now calling upon undocumented youth across the country to harness the power of being public about their status and challenge this administration’s 287(g) and Secure Communities programs. A press conference will be held today at 12:30PM in front of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, where the three released participants will discuss the protest, their time in jail and their plans for the immediate future.


WHO: Manuel Vasquez, 21, of Raleigh
Martin Rodriguez, 20, of Hamptonville
Santiago Garcia, 20, of Asheville
WHAT: Participants in the civil disobedience action at Central Piedmont Community College, three of whom have been released, call on undocumented youth to shed their fears and commit t holding Democratic party leaders accountable for the injustices they perpetuate against immigrant communities.
WHERE: Mecklenburg County Courthouse; 832 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC
WHEN: Thurs. September 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm.

We’re having a party day in the sun (Hurricane Irene has respectfully declined an invitation).

Come celebrate CommUNITY with us on Saturday at our CommUNITY Fair - Feria de ComUNIDAD, 1pm to 4pm at the corner of Merritt Mill Rd. and Franklin St. in Carrboro/Chapel Hill.

We’ll be hosting this event along with Captain Poncho’s Tacos, whose truck will be there dishing out Mexico City style cuisine. The Chirba Chirba Dumpling truck will also be there making its Carrboro debut with authentic dumplings. And Bikescream! will pedal in with homemade, local ice cream sandwiches.

It’s a day of fun for the entire family. (No really, we mean it.) DJ Kevin Esprella will be spinning Latin music and Cackalack Thunder will roar through with their activist drum corps from Greensboro.

We’ll also be hosting a silent skills and creative auction, with all proceeds going to the NC DREAM Team. Bid on quality, professional services and products, like music, dance and swimming lessons, cooking classes at Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, artwork and photo prints by Durty Durham Art Collective and an official Mexico futbol jersey from Eurosport.

Thanks to all of our friends above who have graciously donated their time, energy and even proceeds to make this event happen. They positively enhance our community every day, and this event helps us raise the funds to continue working in our communities across the state.

Ah yes, we’re also dancing a jig the night before at our International Party Fundraiser at Talulla’s. Come play! We need your support now more than ever.

Please join us in  Raleigh on Thursday, April 7, for a Community Vigil for Immigrant Rights at 6:30 p.m.

We’ll be convening at the corner of Wilmington and Lane Streets downtown, where three brave undocumented young women from our team participated in a 13-day hunger strike last June. One of them, Viridiana Martinez, was arrested along with the Georgia 7 yesterday. Why?

“Rallying and protesting are no longer enough. Remaining in the shadows is no longer acceptable.”

Let’s not allow any more politicians like Senator Kay Hagan, who killed the DREAM Act in December, to continue dictating the reality facing the undocumented community. Everyday we see another family torn apart by deportation for nothing more than going to work or school. Everyday we see another dream deferred because of unjust educational opportunities. Everyday we see another worker denied a fair wage because of their legal status. We can no longer keep quiet. We’ve drawn a line. Whose side will you fall on? Those that are filled with hate and prejudice? Or those that are willing to stand up for justice and fight for the rights of our undocumented communities?

Please join us tomorrow, and tell a friend. El pueblo unido jamás será vencido.

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