From DREAMER to U.S. Citizen

“No soy de aquí ni soy de allá …Neplanta is my home” From DREAMER to U.S. Citizen by Leslie V. Chaires Battle scars remain in my memory, our memory, my soul, our soul. No one piece of paper given by the U.S. government that grants me legality in this country will ever erase my past […]

Life: Post-DACA (non-fiction essay)

By Carolina Valdivia Carolina is an undocumented graduate student at San Diego State University. Creator of She recently got approved for DACA and is eager to continue helping others through her activism, education, research, and writing.       June 5, 2012- Undocumented activists stage a sit-in at President Barack Obama’s campaign office in […]

Perpetual State of Infancy (dream theory)

By Fernando Romero Fernando, graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 2009 and studied Creative Writing and Journalism. He is a co-founding member of Dreamers Adrift and co-founding member of the AB 540 group FUEL @ CSULB. He is also the Coordinator for the Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Southern California, which is an […]

Apathy is Not an Option: Election Night for Undocumented Americans (non-fiction essay)

By Edber Macedo Edber is third year UCLA student and a member of Dream Team Los Angeles.   On November 6, 2012 people across the world placed their attention to on the American people (or more accurately the Electoral College) to who they would choose as the person who would influence all corners of the […]

An Unruly Archive of Healing: (non-fiction essay)

An Unruly Archive of Healing: Struggling Against the Professionalization of Community Building, Immigration Enforcement, and Queer/Trans of Color Cultural Amnesia By Bo Luengsuraswat     We all have heard about it. We all have lived through it one way or another. Some of us talk about it, and some even wrote books about it. Yet […]

My “Crime” (poetry)

By Aurea Martinez Chile, India, Brazil, El Salvador and for me Mexico. My “crime” was to be born in another country, to not take my first breath of air in the land of the free and the home of the brave. For my first shrieks were not heard by the Statue of Liberty but by […]

Ruben Navarrete Jr. is an Uncle Tom

By I. Cruz I. Cruz is an immigrants rights activist and community organizer in Mississippi.      What did I think when I read Ruben Navarrette’s comments? If he only spent enough time spreading that vitriol against the 1%, against Obama for not having a harsh enough stance against NDAA, if he focused that energy […]

Vote, Because I Can’t

By Ju Hong Ju,  is a student/activist at UC Berkeley and has advocated for the DREAM Act for many years. In July 2011, while serving as ASUC Senator-elect, he was arrested along with six other Dreamers duing an act of civil disobedience at San Bernardino Valley College in the Inland Empire.   “Did you register to vote?” […]

This Official Number (poetry)

By Ilse Escobar Ilse, is a UCLA graduate. At UCLA she was an active student as an IDEAS member and is currently working with Dream Team, Los Angeles. This official number Sounds like thunder After the flash of light That light was our movement To expose our torment And give you sight We know, light […]

By This Memorandum (poetry)

By Ilse Escobar Ilse, is a UCLA graduate. At UCLA she was an active student as an IDEAS member and is currently working with Dream Team, Los Angeles.   By This Memorandum By this memorandum, Time cannot be justified as linear, Consequential I am setting forth how, The expansion of the universe is the expansion […]