American Dream

Immigration

Help Students and the American Dream

We need more dreamers in America, not less. We need dreamers like Erick.   He came to the United States from Mexico when he was 2 years old.  He grew up here, went to school here, and was taught the American … Continued

Immigration

Cross-Post: Divide and Deport: On Immigration, Thom Hartmann and Lou Dobbs Have Much in Common

By David Bacon Gratefully borrowed from Working In these Times, Feb 28, 2011 Radio host and author Thom Hartmann has a new book, Rebooting the American Dream. Hartmann has a progressive reputation, and his book supports unions, calls for eliminating … Continued

Immigration

Keep the Classroom Door Open

50 years ago, 4 students in Greensboro sat down at a lunch counter and helped spark a movement across North Carolina to end segregation in our state.  Let us be inspired by their courage. Students can make a difference. But … Continued

Politics

The Invisibles - When the dream becomes a nightmare

Originally published at [email protected]. Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal filmed a series of shorts entitled ‘The Invisibles’. The series gives an inside look at life from the other side of the fence. These are the stories of the families … Continued

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The Dream Generation

Have you met the next generation?  They are dreamers. Young people all around the country are organizing and participating in democracy. They are young.  They are political.  And many are undocumented. When they were kids, their parents brought them to … Continued

Politics

An Open Letter: Together we can make the DREAM happen for everyone

Dear Friends: For the past two years I have lived in Washington, DC, as a full-time undegrad at the George Washington University (“GWU”).  I recently declared Organization Sciences as my intended major, as I am hopeful that its interdisciplinary approach … Continued

Immigration

Injustice Somewhere is Injustice Everywhere

Injustice Somewhere is Injustice Every Where
By Sandy
This year I lost twelve loved ones after the earthquake hit Haiti. Every day, after January 12, 2010, I waited for a phone call from family members telling me about someone passing. The anxiety I felt while waiting to hear if someone had been taken away from me was indescribable. This anxiety is felt by Latino immigrants in this country every day, and it is not caused by a natural disaster but by government agencies. Being an American used to mean that you proudly descended from immigrants or you were originally from somewhere else and came to this country for a better life. That’s what the American dream was; to be able to come here and have the opportunities that your homeland couldn’t offer. Now this dream is only promised to those who fit a narrower definition of American. The idea of ripping families apart based on the fundamentals this country was built on is something I didn’t imagine was still happening in this country.
This anti-immigration movement goes against the pillars of this country. To see such racism, classism and oppression in this century, shows the fight for social equality isn’t over. Social injustices and struggles for the American dream are just as American as immigration. Every minority group that has come to this country from the Chinese to the Italians has faced some form of oppression and discrimination. This struggle one of race, but more of a class issue. All races are interdependent on each other, this relationship between different groups of people needs to be understood and accepted to truly evolve and change the concept of race and the importance of Human rights. Races are interdependent of each other because we must cohabitate and work together to achieve the dream of universal peace. Our stories are a lot more similar then they are different.
Our (Civil Rights of the 1900’s and Immigration reform) movements are so similar, but many blacks fail to see pass their own hardships. The civil rights movement inspired people from all faces of this earth. Boycotts, peaceful demonstrations, riots and other forms of civil disobedience were used in our movement and are now being reused in the immigration reform movement.
It is easier to fight a battle with more soldiers. By uniting all oppressed people and cultures, our opponents look smaller and different. A just society doesn’t look the same. To truly achieve justice and equality we must focus our energies on our similarities, basic human freedoms and our needs.
We have become so adjusted to injustice, that we have reduced our voices as a people. We can’t let history repeat itself.

Immigration

Silently Complicit No More

The following article is one of a series of accounts from students who recently returned  from Arizona. They were part of a delegation that spent a week touring the state amid  the enactment of controversial law SB 1070. The Center … Continued

Immigration

‘This Trip Has Hit Me in My Heart’

The following article is one of a series of accounts from students who recently returned  from Arizona. They were part of a delegation that spent a week touring the state amid  the enactment of controversial law SB 1070. The Center … Continued