On Being Queer, Undocumented and Unafraid

“What does being a queer have anything to do with the DREAM Act? Probably not the immediate meaning people want to see when they don’t immediately understand something. It’s about being part of a community that is constantly marginalized and finding strength in what others see as our weakness. It’s about finding a common ground and becoming a huge fist to punch the one bully we have in common. If you cannot see the connection, I don’t know what to tell you.” Folks know Julio Salgado for his art and being a member of dreamers adrift, but also for being, one of many, queer dreamers in the movement.

In October, Julio wrote for the Huffington Post on the intersectionalities between the immigrant rights movement and the gay/queer movements. “There have been sit-ins, hunger strikes and countless calls to lawmakers to stop the deportations of undocumented students who have been in this country most of their lives. Oddly enough, a movement within this movement has surfaced.”You see, a lot of the young people at the forefront of this movement also happen to be gay. Not only are these students proud to scream, “Undocumented and unafraid,” but some have challenged the status quo even further by coming out as queer, undocumented and unafraid.”

PRESS ADVISORY: Obama Secures Legacy as Deporter-in-Chief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2014
Contact: info@dreamteamla.org
 
Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Secures His Legacy as the Deporter-in-Chief
 
Dream Team Los Angeles announces a call to action after confirming that the actions we participated as part of the national Not1More Campaign have resulted in executive action that will only benefit a limited number and will harm those who do not qualify. We know that even those who will benefit, will only receive minimal protection.
 
The president has called for more money for enforcement; more money to detain, deport, and to continue terrorizing families. Obama’s “executive action” on immigration is reflective of an administration that has already secured the resources and power to deport two million people.
 
We must highlight that this new policy does not:

  1. Stop the 400,000 a year deportation quota
  2. Cancel the 34,000 a day immigration detention bed mandate
  3. Stop the enforcement spending on an already militarized ICE and CBP

 
We invite all those ready to organize with those who are not only left out, but who are also prime targets of the administration. Obama’s says, “deporting felons, not families.” We say felons are family too. Those left out of relief are family too. Join our collective of migrants ready to organize with you.
 
Contact Kevin at 562-522-4712 or Edber at 323-681-2429 to arrange for interviews.
 
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