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 […]

To the Dead Who Are Found (poetry)

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 […]

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 […]

I Developed a Syndrome (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.   I developed a syndrome I understood that approval came from without For a long time, it was good With that syndrome, I sought approval from the state […]

Border Park/Friendship Park (poetry)

By Liz Arizona   Validity purchased for $5 to see the water, the birds, the sky; Mentions of border walls, of fences, of surveillance cameras on beaches not mentioned. Since 1864, it reads. as if that is the day that history began; as if the waves that beat against the sand on shore know the […]

Can I Speak? (Poetry)

By Bryan Leonardo Fiallos My name is Bryan and I am a senior attending Humboldt State University, majoring in Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The problem of immigration has only but recently come to my attention and how the media makes our people look criminal when they want to but make us look good at […]

I Will Never Understand (Poetry)

By Jorge Orozco Jorge, is a student at Los Angeles Mission College. He is majoring in Mathematics in hopes of becoming a math teacher,with the intention of helping our community become more fluent on that subject. And I can’t understand Why they call me an alien, If I don’t come from outer space. And I don’t fit […]

Show Me YOUR Papers! (Poetry)

By Jesus Cortez Jesus, is an active member of the Orange Country Dream Team and contributor to the Huffington Post Dream Activist series.   Show me YOUR papers that say you are more human than me, you see I am free to step where I please, I need no justification for my migration, if this […]

Reaching for the Stars: A Journey (Spoken Word)

By Sofia Campos, Sofia is a UCLA graduate and active member with IDEAS and DREAM Team Los Angeles. Rising on the shoulders of our ancestors at last with the keys to open doors once hidden in our past, Broken down barriers, Loosened up chains– Not just one person, but families together reaching gains. Cada alma […]