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.
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.
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!!~~~
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.
Here in Virginia we, Southerners on New Ground, hosted a gathering to show solidarity to our SONG family and SOMOS Georgia in their fight against anti-immigrant legislation HB87. We raised $194 in two hours. It was a good reminder of all the wonderful things people contribute to this world. We also recorded our love, thanks, and gratitude to send their way.
Drop them a line if you feel so inclined, or even better, donate to the campaign today at www.somosgeorgia.org.
Who said there’s no such thing as a silver bullet?
Earlier this year, Georgia’s visionary political leaders did what seasoned political observers considered impossible - they solved two of the state’s most urgent chronic problems with the passage of a single law. HB 87 didn’t simply secure Georgia’s porous border with Mexico, it helped the estimated 6 million state residents who are overweight stick to their diets.
tick tick tick goes the two hands of the clock and the countdown has already started.
The Dream is Coming to Georgia!
I can feel the goosebumps all over my body.
The thing is, I have only gotten involved with all this activism about good two months ago. I went to something called a YES training hosted by the DREAM Activists. They came down to Georgia from all over the country to help us establish what is now GUYA: Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance.
So the Tuesday’s rally at Georgia capitol is my very FIRST rally EVER!
I am so excited and anxious at the same time. I do not know what to expect or how many people will show up or how well the rally will be executed. But I do know that DREAMers from other states like NC and ID are coming to support, and I am just counting down the days to see them. There will be many new faces and relationships, and very few but precious familiar smiles I just can’t wait to see all over again.
I think our main goal of this rally as DREAMers and activists is to educate the incognizant communities of Georgia and hopefully rest of United States, of the real faces of Undocumented immigrants. Because once you put a face to the “illegal aliens”, it’s really difficult to call them by the same phrase. Because, if you really hear our stories and understand the depth of our DREAMs, you will see that we are not “illegal”, and all we lack is mere 9 digit numbers issued by the government to identify the population.
Anyways, today at Caribou coffee, they asked the customers what their dreams are. And with the pudgy blue and red window marker, I found a small corner of the glass wall to wish for the passage of DREAM Act. It’s not my ultimate goal or wish, but it’s a very crucial step for us immigrant youth (or so I believe). Oh and I tacked a flyer about our rally on Tuesday ;)
Be sure to cheer us on where ever you are in this country or this planet~~
The Undocumented, Unafraid, Unashamed, and Unapologetic
Undocumented immigrant youth 'come out' in reform push
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.
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.
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.
Immigration Enforcement Review Board..(yep Georgia has one)
So this is about a week old news. I meant to rant as soon as I heard the news but got caught up with …life.
So, many of you are aware of the racist Hate Bill 87 Georgia has passed and sighed in July. Although some of the major sections has been blocked due to the case the GLAHR has challenged GA, the hateful anti-immigration law still very much exists.
But 9 days ago, we, the residents of Georgia, were notified of this “board” Governor Deal has purposed in order to “crack down” government officials who fails to enforce HB87. Labeled as “Immigration Enforcement Review Board”, Deal describes it as “a powerful new investigative panel”.
If you want to know the details of the panelist, I’ll include it at the end of the post. ha, you’ll get a kick of it, Im sure.
For now there is a peition going on, asking for the removal of Phil Kent. But if you ask me, the whole panel needs to be readdressed. I don’t know how you can expect board members with no immigration experience to practice their powers as enforcers of HB87 with a justified ground.
One more thing, Phil Kent is a “white supremacist dedicated to preserving white majority rule and cultural domination, who abhors "multiculturalism” and believes that the only “authentic” America is a white one.“ << His own words from his website
Please sign the petition~~ and welcome to Georgia….
(it’s not THAT bad… if you are documented…and well-off. If not, it’s just a little harder for us. it’s still my only home though:(( )
But Gov. Deal has said he plans to hold the first meeting and adopt it’s procedures by Oct 1st.
Deal has appointed the following people:
Shawn Hanley, former candidate for state GOP chairman. A former U.S. Marine, he runs a procurement consulting firm.
Phil Kent, the national spokesman of Americans for Immigration Control, which supports the strict enforcement of immigration laws. He is a former press secretary to the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond. Kent is president of Phil Kent Consulting Inc., an Atlanta-based public relations and media company.
Ben Vinson, an attorney with the Atlanta office of McKenna Long & Aldridge, where he focuses on political law and state government affairs issues. Vinson served as majority caucus counsel in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has made these appointments:
Boyd Austin, mayor of Dallas and chairman of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. He is the property manager for Senior Communities Management Inc.
Mike Yeager, sheriff of Coweta County. He previously served with the Newnan Police Department and the Georgia Department of Corrections.
House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has named these people to the panel:
Terry Clark, a member of the Colquitt County Commission and of the Lower Flint-Ochlockonee Council.
Robert Mumford, an attorney and former state representative.
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….