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Dia sin immigrantes. Day without immigrants.

 FOR PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN ATLANTA/GEORGIA

Tomorrow is Day without immigrants, and it is also when HB87 comes into effect. Day without immigrants is a boycott against the state of Georgia. Everybody (ESPECIALLY LATINOS) that is against HB87 please dont buy anything tomorrow. This will show the impact of Latinos on Georgia’s economy. The day after the boycott there is going to be a march at the capital.

SAY NO TO HB87

July 2nd March for Justice 

Hosted by GLAHR 

Estimated 15,000-20,000 participated out on 97 degrees hot summer’s heat.

It was an amazing experience and even greater honor to have the opportunity to participate and speak in front of all the brave, audacious group of mothers and fathers and family members. 

Some of the best moments of the march for me was while the mass walked around the capitol, there were several occasions where 20-30 people in groups of white joined from a block away. To witness such amount of active people marching for their rights and their dreams reminded me once again that we are NOT alone in this fight. 

At one point, a family of allies had a small pit stop of iced water, from a small cooler they brought from home, to hand out to the marchers. It was wonderful because, one, I was dying of thirst after chanting my lungs off, and two, to see people stepping up to make a small difference, even by just the kindness of distributing cold water to support the fight the immigrants are up against. 

What an experience it was :) I am just thankful to be part of such movement. 

Much love,

The Undocumented, Unafraid, Unashamed, and Unapologetic  

       Undocumented High School Students Walk Out In Response to HB 87 and Ban on Higher Education

TODAY’S PROTEST- Press Release  

Youth Demand Equality Education on 57th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education 

Mableton, Georgia— May 17th, on the anniversary of landmark civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education, hundreds of students from Pebblebrook high school will walk out of their classrooms demanding equal access to higher education.  The, mostly undocumented, students hope their walkout will send a clear signal to Gov. Deal, the Board of Regents and others who wish to prevent them from attaining a higher education;   “as undocumented youth we can no longer be afraid of those who stand against us, instead we need show them we will fight back.  We need to take a stand because if we do not do it no one else will” says Dulce Guerrero, an undocumented 12th grader at Pebblebrook high school.

WHAT:    Undocumented youth walk-out of class and rally outside school at flag poll

WHO:      Undocumented Youth and allies in grades 9 to 12 from Pebblebrook high-school & Reverend Timothy McDonald, senior pastor of the First Iconium Baptist Church

WHEN:     Tuesday, May 17th at 2:00pm at the Flag Poll

WHERE:   FLAG POLL - Pebblebrook high school, 991 Old Alabama Road, Mableton, Georgia 30126

 

In October of 2010 the Georgia Board of Regents made a ruling which bars all undocumented youth from its top 5 universities. The ban, unlike other states, does not even allow for undocumented youth to attend at out-of-state tuition rates. Rev. Timothy McDonald, senior pastor of the First Iconium Baptist Church states; “As we remember the historic Brown vs. Board of Education decision, we affirm that immigration is the civil rights issue for the 21st century.  We will not re-segregate our colleges and university.  America must continue its forward progress towards affirming the rights of all people.”

According to a July 2010 Migrant Policy Institute report, Dulce is just one of the estimated 74,000 undocumented youth who are currently living in Georgia.  She joins the over 2.1 million who reside in the United States. Dulce went on to say; “A ban on college is unacceptable; if our students have the brains then nothing should prevent them from attending college. I am walking out today because I want to go to college; if my teachers, my principle and my community support the values of Brown vs. Board of Education then I hope they will support us, the students who are affected by these laws.”

The students leading this action promise that it is only the first of its kind, like the action of April 5th in which 7 undocumented youth were arrested; organizers plan to continue with the direct civil disobedience actions until immigrant communities in Georgia can once again live without constant fear.

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Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA) is an Undocumented Youth-led organization which seeks dignity and justice for its immigrant youth community in the state of Georgia. GUYA believes all persons should have equal access to education and a life free from persecution regardless of their legal status.

 :)))))))))) Updating you guys on what is happening in GA right now!!~~~ 

Cheer us on~ Undocumented and Unafraid UNITE <3 

(photo credit~ to myself for the first time jeje)

to everyone living in atlanta or georgia in general:

tomorrow at 10am at the capital building there will be a rally against HB87. we are aware that HB87 is pretty much a lost cause, but tomorrow is a time to show some sort of support and unity in front of what is happening. 

i know that many of you may or may not agree with HB87. i personally find the law to be a completely separate thing from the battle against illegal immigration. so many people i know will be affected by it. so many families i know are going to be split apart. it doesn’t affect my family or myself, but that doesn’t mean that i don’t give a damn. this is so fucking important to me, because this is doing something. this is standing up and saying “i give a fuck and i care.”

come out and support. i’ll be there cheering on friends who be talking and standing up for what i believe in. 

  • wear a white shirt if you do decide to go
  • take public transportation if possible
Undocumented immigrant youth 'come out' in reform push

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They offer Guerrero the perspective of activists willing to risk arrest — and the threat of deportation — for their beliefs. Abdollahi, who’s been organizing protests since 2009, was held briefly with three others after they staged a sit-in at Arizona Sen. John McCain’s office last year. Perez was arrested after she and six other young immigrants sat in a downtown Atlanta intersection and blocked traffic.


#FWYH Georgia. No to #HB87.

Advice: How I Survived Senior Year

Senior year was a trip. I mean every word of that statement. I made a lot of good decisions and a lot shitty ones too. But at the end of the day, I grew more during my senior year of high school than any other year combined.

I mean it. I remember sitting in my guidance counsolor’s office freaking out because my friend told her that we were DREAMers. Little did I know that was the beginning of a beautiful relationship that would change my life and shape my future.

That single moment changed everything.

Its crazy. They say things happen for a reason and they’re not kidding. Trig led me and Nathalia to Schloemer’s office. I hated it then so much and I would have done anything to change it but now I thank God so much for putting me in trig. I guess it’s one of those things that you have to live through to understand the purpose behind it. Trig changed everything. I hate math but I can’t hate trig because of the door it opened for me.

ANYWAY.

After that I came into her office more often because I was such a scared little girl. We were just getting to know each other. We didn’t know each others buttons and we didn’t know what our relationship would turn into. All we knew was this; senior year is around the corner and its time to sink or swim. We were going to swim.

Some may blame luck but I give God the credit for putting me in that art class were I knew no one. So I got my schedule changed. I became a student aide in the counseling department.

Our relationship took off then. And she kept telling me the same thing over and over again… “You need to tell someone.” And after a month and a half of encouragement, in late September I told my best friend.

I would have never been so bold in August but I’d had all of August and all of September to build up some courage. I’d had a month and a half of encouragement. It was time to start accepting this situation.

So in September, two people knew. And both of them loved me just as much as before. And even if it was just two people, those were two people that I didn’t have to lie to anymore. It felt good.

Things got rough towards the end of the year. Multiple failures of the Dream Act (September and December), along with the Georgia College Ban and HB 87. But I didn’t have to deal with it alone. It may have just been two people but for once in my life, I was not alone.

By January, I was doing interviews; telling my story. It was awesome to be finally be heard.

When my future got me down I had people to call.

When college started looking like a possibility, my parents started saving some money. At the end of the day, Schloemer helped me find the school with the best scholarship, my parents are paying the rest and for once in my life, I don’t feel alone.

So maybe it’s not a lot. Maybe I’m still ashamed and scared to tell the rest of my friends. But at the end of the day, I survived senior year with a support system.

My parents.
My then high school counselor (she’s more like a mentor now).
My best friend.
And DREAMers everywhere fighting and helping one another.

If I hadn’t found my own support system senior year, I might have lost my mind.


So that’s my advice to all of the DREAMers out there going into senior year. Do not lose hope. Keep fighting and even if its the most difficult thing you’ve ever done, try to find a support system. I wouldn’t be where I am today, MSU bound, without the help of those lovely people.

Do it carefully but reach out. People might surprise you.

Just because something does not directly affect you it does not mean you can just ignore it!

The Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, is about to sign HB87. HB87 is like Arizona’s racist law. I’m really disappointed. I’m mostly disappointed at the people who don’t seem to care about the detrimental affects the law is going to have if it is passed. So many people and families are going to suffer. Just because you have papers it does not mean you will not be affected. My family is documented, but I know I will suffer if the law passes. I wish people would understand how big of an issue this is….

random pensive reveries of a DREAMer from GA

For some reason today inside the bloggo sphere, there was a lot of coming out posts, or coverage of students who came out in the past. And it has made me very pensive and slightly emotional. (in a good way).

Looking back at myself personally, I was sheltered, I was hiding, and I was afraid of being undocumented, just 2 months ago. I started this blog back in March in hopes of releasing my pain of being undocumented as an anonymous blogger. So, what happened to me in that short period of time?

I had the honor to meet the DREAMers from all across the country. The DREAMers  I have only seen and read through media outlets, the DREAMers whom I always had hard time understanding, the DREAMers I have always looked up to. I met Viri and Tomtom from NC Dream Team, I met Gina from Georgia Dreamers, I met Mo, Dulce, Andrea, David…and later on I met Isabella, Felipe and the list goes on.

 Seeing them in person, the people whom I only watched through CNN or read through New York Times, changed my outlook on this fight. Because they weren’t just a face I saw through a TV screen or names I read in black print. They were just like me: students, struggling, and fighting to survive, standing up for their rights, their future, and their dreams.

The battle, the journey, for me, started off as a personal gain. I was looking for shoulders to lean on, to cry on, and to slobber over. But now, it’s something totally different. It has transformed into something much bigger. It is no longer about me anymore.

Every time I am faced with the question, “what is your goal in this fight”, or “what are your motives”, “why are you doing this”, the answer is this. I am fighting for all the other thousands of students hiding in fear, all across this state, all across this country, for being undocumented. We shouldn’t be afraid, or ashamed, or even apologetic of the sacrifices our parents made to give us a life here in the US. And this isn’t some kind of media rhetoric. It is truly what I feel from the bottom of my heart.

This bond, this relationship we create along the way is so empowering and inspirational. And this will bring us to the top. And we will win.

These are the moments when I am glad this battle brought all of us together. Because, how in the world would I ever had the chance to talk to students like Kemi, Prerna, Arianna, and Justin when they are thousands of miles away? 

Sometimes, I picture the day when we achieve one of our top goals, the passage of DREAM Act, I picture all of the DREAMers from all across the country meeting up in D.C. to celebrate that moment. To cheer, to cry, to scream together.

And I picture all of us in the distant future, when we are in our rightful, fully deserved places in this society as cooks, business owners, lawyers, doctors, social workers, meeting up time to time share the stories of our fight and how far we have come, and be able to say, “That was one hell of a fight” and laugh our nights away.

Love,

Keish Kim

The Undocumented, Unafraid, Unashamed, and Unapologetic

So the crazy week is finally over!! 

Within a 5 day period, Georgia was action packed with 3 different rallies and marches.

One of the three being, the DREAM Is Coming action where 6 courageous students came out as undocumented for the first time and displayed civil disobedience through sit-in at historic Martin Luther Kind Dr over Georgia’s Capitol. 

Although the execution wasn’t the “best” or “perfect” we had overcome the obstacles with the support of many DREAMers from out-of-state who came to support. 

We had many members of NC DREAM Team, members of IYJL from Chicago, DREAMers from Indy, Kentucky, New York, and even California. I got to meet our fellow tumblr Arianna (http://ariannabee.tumblr.com/)  and Justin (http://eatdreamphotograph.tumblr.com/). ;))

It was so beautiful.

I love our DREAMers~ 

It reminded me once again that we are NOT alone in this fight. With such empowered youth all over the US, I know that we will not give up until we win this fight for justice. 

Inspired and empowered, 

The Undocumented, Unafraid, Unashamed, and Unapologetic