Somewhat Documented but Still Awkward

  By Fernando Romero   Date: Monday, March 12, 2012 Time: 8:30 a.m. Place: Dept. of Motor Vehicles in Pomona, Califorina   DMV clerk: In order to renew your license, I need to see all your immigration documents to see you’re still in the process. Do you have your green card? Fernando: I haven’t gotten my green […]

On Heartbreak, Transition, and Something That My Pops Told Me

The flight back to Los Angeles was heavy. I’d been sleep deprived for a few days, not being able to get more than a couple hours of sleep each night. Not that I wasn’t trying; I’d been desperately trying to get some rest. But my mind had been on overdrive, and shutting those thoughts down […]

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 […]

Immigration Reform and Unionization; Dining Hall Workers Seek Justice For All Workers (Op Ed)

By Fernando Romero   Originally published on Huffington Post Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012   No one would’ve thought that the immigration debate would make a stop in the cookie-cutter community of Claremont, California. But the recent firing of 16 kitchen staff workers at Pomona College has caught national attention and caused immigrant rights groups and […]

The Civil Disobedience Event (A Play in Two Acts)

By Fernando Romero   I stood there in my neon-range security vest, unsure of what to think. When I turned my head right, I could see the snow-capped San Bernardino Mountains to the east encroaching upon us; just hanging and towering over all of us. They looked so majestic and peaceful like oil on canvas painting. […]

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 […]