An Open Letter To The Present and Future President Obama [2012 and Beyond]

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Dear President Obama, You’ve won. Congratulations. Honestly. As an independent, I had no initial horse in this race, but as a Afro-Latino, I’m proud that you’ve once again managed to claim the White House as yours, in a country where the bones, blood, and sweat of African slaves and Native Americans sit under the House you now occupy. Your re-election came at a high cost, specifically your dreams of a …

Wherever The DREAM May Lead Us [An Education For All]

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Recently, the conversation around the use of the word “illegal immigrant” came to a precipice when the New York Times’ public editor said there was nothing wrong with using the phrase. Writers like Jose Antonio Vargas and institutions like Univision chimed in, and rightly so. “Illegal immigrant” suggests that the immigrant themselves is illegal. The very term suggests that these men, women, and children who migrate live an existence of …

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You May Say I’m a DREAMer [Where We Belong]

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An interesting story came across my desk this morning. Daniela Peraez, the valedictorian of her class, almost had to rescind her citizenship status over complications with the migra. This particular paragraph stuck with me: Despite her uphill legal battle that lies ahead, Pelaez will head to Dartmouth College in September on a full scholarship. As friends, family, and supporters watched Pelaez emerged confidently dressed in her white cap and gown …

DREAM Act: A Reality

DREAM Act: I Know God Has My Back

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I took the train to my Mom’s house last night, hoping to help her with some of the chores, but ran out of funds. I jetted to my local bank, where a security guard sat there in a thick coat and an orange vest, calling a family member who obviously relayed some family gossip to him. He replied, “… well, I wouldn’t be here doing all these jobs, then. I …