The Bravest Dream of All (non-fiction)

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By Berenice Villegas Berenice, is a Dreamer and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 13. She graduated from Columbia University in 2011 with a degree in Environmental Biology. She was a member of the NYSYLC until 2011.     I had decided to leave the U.S. after I got accepted with a scholarship into a Master’s program in [...]

No One is Illegal (poetry/spoken word)

Artwork by Favianna Rodriguez

By Antoine Cassar Antoine, is the editor of a no-borders artistic newspaper called Le monde n’est pas rond (The World is Not Round), based in Luxembourg, published in 4 languages. He is a migrant poet, born in one country of parents from another, currently living somewhere inbetween. “Passport”, a poem printed in the form of an ‘anti-passport’ [...]

Dreamer 9 (poetry)

Illustration by Julio Salgado

By Abel Salas   Abel Salas, is a poet and journalist based in Los Angeles. He edits and publishes Brooklyn & Boyle, a community arts newspaper in LA’s East Side and has shared his poetry with audiences across the U.S., Mexico and Cuba. His work as a journalist has been featured in the Los Angeles [...]

Life: Post-DACA (non-fiction essay)

Illustration by Julio Salgado

By Carolina Valdivia Carolina is an undocumented graduate student at San Diego State University. Creator of www.mydocumentedlife.wordpress.com 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)

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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 [...]

To the Dead Who Are Found (poetry)

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By Caitlin Patler Caitlin Patler is a PhD candidate in Sociology at UCLA. She has been an activist for immigrants’ rights for over a decade. In 2012, she volunteered with No More Deaths’ Desert Aid Project along the US-Mexico borderlands. These are some of her reflections.         To the dead who are found And [...]

Vote, Because I Can’t

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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?” [...]

Proof (Fiction)

"That I’d made honor roll, yeah, but just barely. And not the distinguished ones you made. That I felt I was losing you. You were just trying to help me, to ease my fears, I knew that."

By Nico Kateri Cisneros Nico Kateri, isn’t related to the great Sandra Cisneros, but she’s an admirer and hopes to be a great author as well someday. Until then, she’s working towards English and Music Technology degrees in good ol’ Texas.   LUNES “Words are nothing, harmless. They fix as much as they break. Words [...]

Anti-Latino Laws Ignite The South

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By Lamont Lilly Lamont, is a contributing editor with the Triangle Free Press, Human Rights Delegate with Witness for Peace and organizer with Workers World Socialist Party. He resides in Durham, N.C. Follow on him Twitter @LamontLilly   In its original format, Alabama’s Beason-Hammon Act granted school resource officers the right to badger 5th graders [...]

Footprints that Led to my Undocumented Graduation

By Sofia Campos, Sofia is a UCLA graduate and active member with IDEAS and DREAM Team Los Angeles. I came to this country when I was six from Lima, Peru. During my senior year of high school my parents finally had to tell me our family was undocumented. Since then, I learned what it feels [...]