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 […]

On “Anchor Baby” Being in the New American Heritage Dictionary

“Anchor Baby” Added to the New American Heritage Dictionary I don’t know what the executives and editors were thinking when they decided that it was appropriate to add this term into their dictionary, but the way that I see it, “Anchor Baby” isn’t a word. It’s a term used to shame and insult millions of […]

On Being A Part of the 99%

I’ve been thinking of this notion of being a part of the 99% in this entire Occupation phenomenon that’s been spreading throughout our nation (and the rest of the world) since the Wall Street event began last month. When I see images and videos of the participants and I read the variety of philosophies and […]

On The Wall Street Occupation (10/05/11)

Occupy Wall Street LGBTQ

New York is a big place. Everyone knows that. So when I found myself shooting frames amid the October 5th Labor demonstration in the financial district of Manhattan, the best way I thought I could give context to who was there and what was happening was to use the widest lens I had. There was […]

On 9-11-01

While surfing through the internet today, I came across a very intriguing piece/video from Touré on MSNBC (“Touré Calls Our Media 9/11 Nostalgia, Leaves Dylan Ratigan Speechless”), in which he confronts the mainstream media for commercializing the 9-11 tragedy. Were all those newspaper articles, photographs, and television coverage on the 10th anniversary of the worst […]

The DREAM Act and the Spirit of Capitalism

*note: I came across this piece in my computer, originally written and published May 26th, 2010. I thought it was still entirely relevant, so here it is once more. I was reading an article detailing the experiences of some undocumented students after receiving their college degree (Undocumented Immigrants Struggle To Find Work After College), when […]

On Civil Disobedience

*Note: This entry contains thoughts and opinions that belong solely to the writer. It is not a reflection of Dreamers Adrift as a contingent.* Not too long ago, I received a phone call from a very prominent and well-known DREAMer who wanted to ask me a “strange question”. I decided to indulge the caller. First […]

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 […]

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