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This Racism Happened in Murietta, California Today

This happened today: a protest in Murietta, California, turning back three buses of undocumented migrants from a Border Patrol Center, where they were expected to be processed. The buses eventually went to San Ysidro.

Via Latino Rebels

Fascism isn’t just growing in Ukraine and Europe. It’s here too.

DON’T DEPORT JOSE RAMON, 10-YEAR-OLD STEPSON HAS ATTEMPTED SUICIDE TWICE!

Jose Ramon has been married to his wife Alma for six years and is the father figure, as well as emotional and economic support, for her three children, who were physically and mentally abused by their natural father.

His 10-year-old son Esturado has attempted suicide twice and is now hospitalized for a suicide note he wrote because of his stepfather’s detention.

Make Phone Calls:

Call Krome Processing Center @ 305-207-2100
Call National ICE @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100 

Sample Script: “Hi, I am calling to ask to release and stop the deportation of Jose Ramon Munoz Velasquez (Inmate #200713031). Jose Ramon is the economic provider for his wife and her three children, who were physically and mentaly abused by their father. Please release Jose Ramon immediately!”

What HIV testing is like when you’re queer, black & undocumented
August 8, 2014

Last fall, I received a call from an old partner I had not spoken to in six-months. In the middle of debating whether to answer or not, I accidentally accepted the call and heard his voice. I went to get tested and I’m HIV positive, you need to get tested, he quietly explained. He sounded tired, filled with the kind of panic that comes after days of shock and denial. It was the same tone I remembered carrying in my voice one day in Boston as a glass bottle flew towards me—then shattering as it hit me—followed by an older White male calling me “illegal.” I heard his voice and I could not breathe. I was scared for him, for me, for life.

After the phone call, all I could think was: Can I even get tested?Growing up undocumented and queer on the East Coast meant only seeing a doctor when my temperature was over 104º or there were free clinic drives at local non-profits.

I could not sleep for more than two hours. I could not eat. I could not concentrate. During the week after the phone call, I kept running through scenarios in my head about how to go to the doctor and not disclose my immigration status. I was afraid that if I had HIV, the government would think I was a threat and deport me. I could see the headlines blaming undocumented immigrants for the HIV virus. I was afraid of the attacks on my community, my family, and myself. But above all, I was afraid that if my mother found out, her body would be too weak to endure the shock. My mother’s shoulders, limbs, and spirit carried the trauma of not seeing her mother in about twenty years, of having a deceased daughter, and of surviving years of domestic violence. If I was diagnosed with anything, I could not tell her. I could not burden her with another worry when she is still healing from the open bruises that hide underneath her clothing, her vulnerabilities only exposed in 30-minute phone calls to Abuelita Belen. I could not disclose negative news with the face of my younger sister still blurring in her mind, the remnants of a grave abandoned almost two decades ago when the cemetery did not receive the seventh-year payment.

The phone call scared me. It was about more than just papers and sexuality. I had just moved to Connecticut and didn’t know the area. I had to come out to a new friend as undocumented, queer, and potentially living with HIV. She dropped everything, not knowing exactly what to say, and took me to get tested. Stop one was Planned Parenthood. Approaching the glass window felt like I was about to enter an immigration check point. I had to act American: make sure my accent did not slip off my tongue; make sure I wore colors that didn’t make my skin look too Black; make sure I rubbed the nail polish completely off of my fingernails; remember to wear the button-up I would never have been able to afford if it weren’t for the $1/pound section at the thrift store. I was finally going to get tested.

Planned Parenthood turned me away from getting an HIV test. I did not have a U.S. ID. I had a Mexican matrícula. We’re sorry, but you need a state or federal ID. If you can’t provide that, you must pay full price for any check-up, test result, or anything of the matter. I walked out, something I was used to after living undocumented for sixteen years. As I pushed through the door, the thought hit me that maybe I experienced this not just because of just my immigration status, but because the lives of poor, queer, people of color do not matter to society.

Stop two was a free clinic a few miles away. Denied.

Local college clinic next, wait list. Maybe in two months.

Crying in a borrowed car outside a Rite Aid parking lot at 3:47 p.m. on a Tuesday appeared to be the only type of healthcare I would receive.

Hours later, many miles away, I finally found a clinic that would test me. No questions asked. Negative.

I moved to Los Angeles three-weeks ago, where, for the first time, I have seen organizations that work to gain healthcare for undocumented immigrants. It’s unbelievable to me that we even have to fight for such a basic human right. I am done feeling that I don’t deserve my health. This country has systematically conditioned me to think that I’m not good enough because I’m too Latino, too Black, too Gay, too easy to Mispronounce, too Savage—Illegal Alien. Healthcare is a human right, but in the US healthcare is only for those who can pay. I cannot live a healthy life when I can’t remember my last eye doctor visit or experience the security of a bi-yearly checkup.

My blackness does not make me invisible. My queerness does not make me illegitimate. My immigration status does not make me alien. I am in these positions because of a complex colonial history that has enslaved people that look like me; burned people who painted their nails like mine; shot people whose coffee tasted like the coffee in my backyard in Mexico; trafficked people that would do low to no-wage work like those in my family.

I am afraid I can’t even afford to die. Healthcare is the least this country could do for its people, our people.

Alan Pelaez Lopez is an AfroLatin@ that grew up in Boston via La Ciudad de Mexico, documenting his existence as an undocuqueer poet, jewelry designer, and bubble tea addict. Alan currently works at the Dream Resource Center in Los Angeles, which is a project of the UCLA Labor Center. He is a member of Familia: Trans*, Queer Liberation Movement.

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A breakdown of what the $47 billion that the U.S. government has proposed for the militarization of the already-secure border with Mexico will buy them.

But what about the human cost?

7 million residents in border areas would be forced to experience life in a war-zone.. complete with drones, video surveillance, radar, and tens of thousands of border patrol agents.. not to mention the potential human rights abuses and racial profiling in border communities that come along with increased militarization.

 

#Overkill

 

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"Immigrant rights activists organized the protest in response to the recent decisions by most Oregon sheriffs to stop honoring immigration officials’ requests to hold cleared inmates for deportation without a warrant or court order. Washington County was one of the first to change its immigration detainer policy last month. Activists said they wanted to ensure that Garrett complies with the new policy and let him know they won’t forget the deportations that have already taken place. ” - Andrea Castillo for The Oregonian

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Oregon DreamActivists

Photographer: Jose David Jacobo

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AIGHT HOMIES
THIS FUN STUFF RIGHT HERE IS CALLED FREEDOM UNIVERSITY.
FREEDOM UNIVERSITY IS A VOLUNTEER DRIVEN UNIVERSITY THAT PROVIDES COLLEGE LEVEL CLASSES TO STUDENTS REGARDLESS OF IMMIGRATION STATUS
AKA EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO AN EDUCATION AND THEY PROVIDE IT.
THEY ALSO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS TO LOW-INCOME UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT STUDENTS.
THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE FOR UNIVERSITIES, TESTING FEES, AND APPLICATION FEES YO.
AND THEY NEED ALL Y’ALL KIND HEARTED DECENT PEOPLE TO CHIP IN A LITTLE.
LIKE
RIGHT HERE:

www.freedomuniversitygeorgia.com (click on the scholarships/becas sidebar)

tl;dr Freedom University promotes everyone’s right to an education and you should go help qualified students that want to go to college be able to go.

IF TUMBLR CAN RAISE MONEY FOR KICKSTARTERS THAN WE SURE AS HELL CAN RAISE MONEY FOR SOMETHING AS WONDERFUL AS A COLLEGE EDUCATION.

ALSO THEIR INITIALS ARE FU. WHICH IS GREAT.

EDIT: SO TUMBLR IS HAVING A HEYDAY FUCKING UP THE LINK SO HERE’S A BETTER WAY TO FIND IT: GO TO http://www.freedomuniversitygeorgia.com AND CLICK THE SCHOLARSHIP/BECAS SIDEBAR!!!!!!

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What happens when someone is undocumented and uninsured and they get sick?

This infographic shows what an estimated 1 million undocumented and uninsured Californians might face. Even as the Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare), brings health insurance to millions of Americans, many people, including undocumented youth, are left out of our changing health care system. Health care is a human right. Join the #health4all campaign.

Undocumented and Uninsured is the first study about and by immigrant youth on health care access. Researchers surveyed 550 immigrant youth throughout California–including undocumented youth and youth recently granted Deferred Action status.

[President Obama’s] speech is horrific, just as expected. I can’t. If this isn’t the ultimate wake up call for the Latin@ Community I don’t know what is. 8 years later, 2 million people later…this should make it crystal clear who the Democrats are. The hypocrisy is unbearable in everything that the Deporter in Chief aka Barack Obama is saying.

So just to summarize:

1. The border will be further MILITARIZED, more of our people will be MURDERED by State Sponsored Agents.

2. “Highly Skilled” immigrants will get priority.

3. Immigrants who migrated 5 years ago will get TEMPORARY Status after they pay ridiculous fees to USCIS, despite having a Tax ID number for years paying taxes that they will never see used for them, and with ZERO PATH TO CITIZENSHIP.

4. Those who came after 5 years will be FOUND and DEPORTED with more urgency.

5. This country should embrace immigrants because they will SERVE IN THIS IMPERIALIST MILITARY.

F* this shit! It’s a beautiful time to organize y’all!

—  Andrea Carolina via Facebook
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Plea to End Deportations Heard Nationwide as Activist Interrupts Obama Speech on Immigration

Published on Nov 27, 2013
http://www.democracynow.org - Two days after he interrupted a speech by President Obama, Ju Hong, an immigrant rights activist from South Korea, joins us to talk about how Obama’s immigration policies have torn apart his family. As Obama continued his campaign for comprehensive immigration reform with a speech in San Francisco, Hong interrupted him to call for an end to deportations. Obama then turned around to address him directly, and Hong continued talking, pleading for Obama to stop separating families through deportations. Those who placed Hong behind Obama during the speech may not have realized he is one of the most outspoken young immigrant activists in California. Hong has been arrested previously during immigration protests — most recently over the summer when he opposed the confirmation of former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as president of the University of California system. Hong is a member of ASPIRE - Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights Through Education. “I thought about my family, I thought about my personal struggle as undocumented, and I thought about my friends and my communities who have been deported and who are currently in detention centers,” Hong says about why he spoke out. “I felt I was compelled to tell the truth to President Obama that he has the ability stop the deportations for all.”

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Watch: Strangers admit they’re undocumented citizens in powerful video

How would you feel if you had to tell a stranger a very deep secret that you haven’t told even some of your closest friends? Would it feel empowering of or stifling? Judging from the lastest video produced by Rocsi Diaz, it could be the latter.a newly-released and quietly devestating video, it could be the latter.

In her directorial directional debut, shedirector Rocsi Diaz explores what happens when undocumented citizens reveal their status to people they have just met. Riffing off the viral First Kiss video, theDiaz’s short PSA entitled “The Secrets of Strangers” empowers all immigrants to tell their story. The results are moving.

Watch the full video | Follow policymic

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Faces from the #Not1More Boston Rally Against Deportations (4/17/14)

President Obama has deported 2 million people since he came into office and is the nation’s “Deporter in Chief.” Despite signing an executive order to halt the deportations of undocumented immigrants who came as children, he has taken no similar actions to halt the deportations of their older family members. Families are being split and destroyed every day by the Obama administration’s current policies, and President Obama has the power to sign a similar executive order tomorrow halting all deportations until Congress takes comprehensive action. But he has refused and continues to drag his feet, and some of the most marginalized families in our country are paying the price of his inaction.

I had the pleasure to attend and take pictures at this rally last Thursday, and it was incredibly moving.

Together we say: not one more family destroyed, not one more day without equality, not one more indifferent reaction to suffering, not one more deportation.

http://notonemoredeportation.com

#2million2many #Not1more

More photos: HERE