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Presenting: “Secrets & Borders: Our Stories Are All We Have” This is a collaboration between DreamersAdrift.com and four amazing story-tellers. This month, #PrideMonth, we will be releasing a weekly video from these amazing queer and undocumented artists who have a story to tell. These are only four stories. What is yours? Written by Soultree. Artwork [...]

“Letter to My Family of Displaced Peoples” by Kemi

Presenting: “Secrets & Borders: Our Stories Are All We Have” This is a collaboration between DreamersAdrift.com and four amazing story-tellers. This month, #PrideMonth, we will be releasing a weekly video from these amazing queer and undocumented artists who have a story to tell. These are only four stories. What is yours? Written by Kemi. Artwork [...]

“The Ashes” by Yosimar Reyes

This is a collaboration between DreamersAdrift.com and four amazing story-tellers. This month, #PrideMonth, we will be releasing a weekly video from these amazing queer and undocumented artists who have a story to tell. These are only four stories. What is yours? Written by Yosimar Reyes. Artwork by Julio Salgado. Captured and edited by Jesús Iñiguez. [...]

“Hairfull of Secrets” by Carla

Presenting: “Secrets & Borders: Our Stories Are All We Have” This is a collaboration between DreamersAdrift.com and four amazing story-tellers. This month, #PrideMonth, we will be releasing a weekly video from these amazing queer and undocumented artists who have a story to tell. These are only four stories. What is yours? Written by Carla Lopez. [...]

Osito: Heartbroken (Ep. 4)

“Osito” is a weekly web series that follows the life of Julio, a 30 year-old freelance artist living in the Bay area. Julio lives with Jesús, a 30 year-old social media type who dabbles in writing and making music. Part real life, part fiction, and a lot of bullshit, this series aims to make fun [...]

Osito: First Impressions Are Crucial (Ep. 3)

“Osito” is a weekly web series that follows the life of Julio, a 30 year-old freelance artist living in the Bay area. Julio lives with Jesús, a 30 year-old social media type who dabbles in writing and making music. Part real life, part fiction, and a lot of bullshit, this series aims to make fun [...]

“Ride With Ya” [official music video]

written by (in order of appearance) Ju Hong, Krsna Avila, Jesús Iñiguez, and Beto Ortiz produced by GB (www.giftedandblessed.com) song recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jesús Iñiguez (December, 2012. Berkeley, CA) video captured and edited by Jesús Iñiguez (with support from Beto Ortiz) filmed in Berkeley, Oakland, and Treasure Island. California representing! Song was recorded [...]

Osito: Gay White Manhandling (Ep. 2)

“Osito” is a weekly web series that follows the life of Julio, a 30 year-old freelance artist living in the Bay area. Julio lives with Jesús, a 30 year-old social media type who dabbles in writing and making music. Part real life, part fiction, and a lot of bullshit, this series aims to make fun [...]

Osito: OkCupid Self-Torture Buffet (Ep. 1)

“Osito” is a weekly web series that follows the life of Julio, a 30 year-old freelance artist living in the Bay area. Julio lives with Jesús, a 30 year-old social media type who dabbles in writing and making music. Part real life, part fiction, and a lot of bullshit, this series aims to make fun [...]

Shut Down ICE (San Francisco, CA) 10/17/13

#Not1More filmed and edited by Jesús Iñiguez.

Behind The Image: “Quiero Que Me Llames Joto” (with Yosimar Reyes)

Quiero que me llames JOTO Pero no con coraje y odio Si no con amor y compasión Quiero que me quieras En español No quiero ser Gay o Queer mucho menos Xueer with an X quiero que tu amor se tanto que hagas olvidar El rencor que le tengo a esa palabra Quiero que me [...]

Behind The Image (episode 1)

A peek into Julio Salgado’s work process. For more info and to see Julio’s artwork, please visit www.juliosalgado.com.

Julio’s First Billboard

Thanks to Galería de la Raza (www.galeriadelaraza.org) for making this happen, peace to everyone who participated in the creation of this billboard, and all supporters!! Go and check it out, take pictures of yourself with it, and email them to us: dreamersadrift@gmail.com, or instagram them with the hashtag #undocuqueer. We’d love to see them!!

Las Politicall Correctas

Written by Holly Fetter, Angelica Medina and Elizabeth Quinlan. Originally Directed for the Stage by Cherrie L. Moraga. Part of “Our Undocumented LIves: Stories from a People and a Politic” Written & Performed by UndocuTeatro, March 9-10, 2013 at Brava Studio Theater, San Francisco.

E.S.L. – Open Letter (first draft)

Inspired by the open letters released by Jay-Z and Pitbull. Recorded 4/20/13, completed at 4:20am (seriously… not kidding). Written and quickly recorded by E.S.L. Lyrics: It seems to be open season for some open letters So I gathered me some thoughts and threw this verse together On the political tip, for shits and kicks, I [...]

The Bad Jotos Club: Episode 2 (Privilege Unchecked) 3/3

After a long day of arguing and confrontation, Javier sits the housemates down for an honest open conversation to talk through the problems causing strife in the house. Felipe reveals something very private. One of the housemates decides that he has had enough of the drama.

The Bad Jotos Club: Ep. 2 (Privilege Unchecked) 2/3

Six queers. One house. See what happens when six hella problematic queer boys get together to try and pass immigration reform. You’re at the Bad Jotos house now! Part 2 of 3.

The Bad Jotos Club: Ep. 2 (Privilege Unchecked) 1/3

Six queers. One house. See what happens when six hella problematic queer boys get together to try and pass immigration reform. You’re at the Bad Jotos house now! Part 1 of 3.

Undocumented and Awkward: Enlisted Man

Written by Luis Serrano, featuring Isaac Barrera and Jose Sanchez. Problem Addicts. They are all around us. As young fellas growing up in inner city working class communities, a figure that always dotted our horizon as a possible prospect to escape our situation was that of the military recruiter bearing false promises. They would approach [...]

UndocuBreakUp Lines

Sometimes, try as you may, things don’t work out. (Featured by ColorLines here: “This Valentine’s Day, Dump Your Boo the Undocumented Way“)

“We’re just human beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeings.”

An impromptu and impeccable performance by Julio, recorded at 3am after a session of shit talking over Ruben Navarrette’s pieces on DREAMers. The format of this piece was inspired by a Nicki Minaj video, entitled “Bossing Up”: Julio is a big fan of Nicki, and has a tendency of quickly adopting catch phrases (“I’m just [...]

The Legalities of Being

written by Yosimar Reyes My grandmother has never used the word “undocumented” to describe her existence. In fact growing up she never taught me about limitations. Most of the folks on my block share this similar experience so there was no dialogue around our status in this country. We all knew where to get fake [...]

E.S.L. – Dreams

I’ve been listenin’ to hella Panamanian records lately. This is an entire Hermanos Duncan production, straight from a record I found (with a clip of The Mozambiques at the end… fucking HEATER track). That groove. What? How can one NOT feel swayed by that sound? This song is kinda… a testament and a reminder of [...]

“I Wanna Be A Citizen” (music video)

This was a fun video shoot. First and foremost, Krsna and Beto got raps. Raps for days. And Ju? WOO!! Who fucking knew? Second: I’ve never heard the original song. Guess I’m pretty out of touch with what’s happening out in the music world. When I first heard this parody joint, I thought it was [...]

UndocuCribs: Episode 2

Dreamers Adrift pays a visit to an Undocupation in Culver City, California, staged by a few NIYA members. As they tour us through their occupation setup, hilarity ensues. But the idea and the reasoning behind their sit-in is a far graver and urgent one. A few hours after this footage was filmed and edited, news [...]

Undocumented and Awkward: Episode 13

A little over a month ago, Julio and I were conducting a small presentation to a group of students about building a narrative, creating media, and addressing intersectionalities in our experiences. Inevitably, a young lady raised her hand and asked shyly, “Why are there no women in your videos?” It’s a question that we, within [...]

Undocumented and Awkward: Episode 11

The idea for this video came on the BART very late at night, on the way back to the East Bay from a night of debauchery and a gluttonous intake of tacos in the Mission district. Catherine (from ASPIRE) rode with Julio and me, and we chatted about painfully discomforted situations of our past. Catherine [...]

Undocumented and Awkward: Episode 10

  When I was in high school, I had a huge crush on a young lady who had bravely started the first LGTBQ support organization in our school (this was back in 1999-2000). She was smart, strong, beautiful, very compassionate, and she didn’t exactly identify as gay. I thought that I just might have a [...]

Undocumented and Awkward: Episode 9

… or “Shit White Racist Girls from Arizona Say”

Undocumented and Awkward: Episode 8

Sometimes, they’re allies. Sometimes, they’re DREAMers as well.

Undocumented and Awkward: Episode 6

“In the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community, it is very challenging to come out as an undocumented immigrant. Many times, even our own immediate family members perpetuate the “shame” of being undocumented by keeping us silent and in the shadows. This may even go to the extent where our own cousins won’t know about our [...]

Undocumented and Awkward: Episode 5

First dates are always awkward. We don’t really know why humans do it. Maybe it’s the romanticized versions that poems and novelists have sold us for centuries. We blame “Garden State.” Whatever the reason behind such strange act, we all do it. Straight, gay, trans, bi, I guess we’re all looking for that person that [...]

Undocumented and Awkward: Episode 4

Many “lucky” undocumented folks happen to score office jobs. Finally, a crappy job that doesn’t involve the possibility of stabbing yourself with a kitchen knife or accidently breathing poison. Sure, it might involve serving coffee to a cruel boss or doing mind-numbing data entry, but if you’ve ever had to wash dishes for a living [...]

Undocumented and Awkward: Episode 3

As undocumented people, we’re often presented with circumstances in which we try our best to maintain our status out of the conversation. In this episode, we present a moment of awkwardness that many of us have gone through. We’re confronted by old friends (who have obviously moved on with their lives), and in order to [...]

Undocumented and Awkward: Episode 2

You’ve been there. Just looking the other way pretending you don’t recognize that old high school or college classmate. Then you guys lock eyes and bang, awkward. It’s not so much the weight you’ve gained. Or the gray hair that has sparkled around the sides of your head. It’s the circumstances that has led you [...]

Undocumented and Awkward: Episode 1

As undocumented immigrants living in this country, there are many instances in our lives which result in awkwardness not experienced by American citizens. Things that millions of others take for granted, such as driving to the grocery store or the ability to go to a bar to enjoy a nice cold beer after a long [...]

Jesus Goes On Trial

Here we have an impromptu moment captured by Mr. Aragon as Mr. Azul takes Jesus to trial for being undocumented, a college graduate, and for being “bad for the environment”. Hilarity ensues.

President Obama: Administrative Relief Now

While President Obama continues to claim his support for the passage of the DREAM Act, over a million undocumented immigrants have been deported under his administration (more than any other president in the same amount of time), and countless DREAMers continue to be arrested and placed in deportation proceedings. What we want is simple: we [...]

Scenes and Sounds From the 9-5-11Wilmington Labor Day Parade

On the last day of the Dream Summer, 102 DREAMers jumped on two buses and made their way down to Wilmington (California) to march in solidarity with Union workers and laborers all from throughout Southern California. Having been there, I must say that it was a beautiful thing to have marched with a hundred other [...]

10 Years and Counting

“Three of us got invites to attend our 10 year high school reunion this year. And it got us thinking about what we would say to our fellow peers whom we graduated alongside so many years ago, many whom are well underway in nurturing careers and supporting their own families. How could they possibly understand [...]

Why?

“When I read hateful words towards the immigrant community, or any community, I can’t help but feel sad for my fellow human beings. I always wonder what life this person has led that would nurture in them such anger and resentment. It’s as if by merely existing, we’re robbing them of something; jobs, education, money [...]

Education Not Deportation! (A Quick Guide)

Our good friends at United We Dream (http://unitedwedream.org) have begun working on a new campaign to help DREAMers currently undergoing the deportation process. They have even partnered with AILA (http://www.aila.org) to provide pro-bono legal support!! If you’re undocumented and dealing with a deportation notice, please consider filling out an application here: http://unitedwedream.org/educationnotdeportationend. All you other [...]

E.S.L. In Los Angeles

“Dealing with city life and the everyday hustle can be frustrating and can oftentimes dampen inspiration. But we gotta keep moving, must continue creating with love and hope. In my case, I rap it out… ’cause if I don’t, I might just snap. Peace to all my L.A. DREAMers.” -Jesus

Dear Obama

A few words to you, Mr. President. Didn’t mean to come off so short and frustrated with ya. We know that you’ve got a lot on your plate. But try and see it our way. We want to see some action and movements coming directly from you. If you truly mean what you say, you’ll [...]