We believe it is time that North Carolina granted in-state tuition for undocumented students. Currently, undocumented students who attend any UNC system school are charged out-of-state tuition even if they have lived in North Carolina for the majority of their life.
We believe that an inclusive university demands that we give all North Carolinians an equal opportunity to continue their education. Up until this day, seventeen states, including Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Utah, already, offer in-state tuition for undocumented students. This is an educational issue where people from across the political spectrum support tuition equality for undocumented students.
It’s time this state, as well as many others, did the same. Let’s be on the right side of history and grant in-state tuition to undocumented students. We challenge 1,000 49ers to sign this petition for tuition equality.
On today’s episode of people who landed on my shit list is Rep. Luis Gutierrez. The man who is the “face” of CIR and a constant advocate for Immigration Reform (or so he says) who showed his true colors today.
If many of you didn’t know, the DREAM 30 (30 youth that had left to Mexico for various reasons/deported attempted to come back to the US through Humanitarian Parole since this is their home) have been fighting their cases in El Centro Processing Center for about a month in Texas. Unfortunately one of the DREAM 30, Rocio, was deported because ICE agents didn’t deem her fear of cartels to be a realistic one (bullshit but not the point of this post). Soon after about 10 or so of the DREAM 30 were released and headed to DC to get Congressional support for the remaining kids.
Today the DREAM 30 youth staged a sit-in for his support and Gutierrez’ office released the press statement above. Not only is this incredibly childish from the Representative but the claims of “excessive racism” are all from posts that an undocumented queer organizer makes on calling out white privilege & white allies. Last time I checked YOU STILL CANT BE RACIST TOWARDS WHITE PEOPLE.
That’s not all folks, he is also homophobic as fuck. A group of DREAM 30 parents had previously met with Luis Gutierrez to advocate for the release of their kids. At this meeting was where Gutierrez made snarky remarks about the sexuality of one of the main organizers (who was the same person their office made allegations on racism). However this is TOTALLY FUCKING IRRELEVANT to the situation but get this, a good portion of the DREAM 30 are queer youth. Obviously his ignorant hetero-ass assumes that this information will divide the parents from the organizers.
I’ve had it with basic allies like Luis Gutierrez who claim to be working for and with our community. Honestly he can go fuck himself because we do NOT need openly homophobic, colonized cis-hetero men speaking for our immigrant communities. Que se joda el Gutierrez.
San Bernardino County wants to renew the 287-G contracts tomorrow.
Even though our organization has met with the Sheriff and County Supervisors, they still want to do this. Fuuuckkkk….We seriously don’t need anymore Police-Immigration Cooperation in San Bernardino County.
I’ll be there to hopefully give the Board a good view on why this program should (be cancelled ideally but old white folks who are in power wont do that) be amended to a post conviction model to create protections for individuals that are low priority.
Please help out Blanca! She has been detained for 2 months in Eloy Detention Center yet she has passed and received her Credible Fear Interview (Process that is part of seeking Asylum). There is no reason as to why should her anymore. She could very easily be fighting her case from the outside.
Based on my last post I wanted to clarify that I am in way in favor of the markings. Ideally it would have had no markings but the markings were added so that the Governor could sign it.
California has been fighting for licenses for about 10 years (correct me if I am wrong) but this is the farthest we’ve come…and for people who )like my dad yesterday) are getting stopped for no license and given $600 tix its something they’d rather avoid all together, be it with a marked license or unmarked one. I think we all chose to back it up because
1. people don’t care and
2. we don’t know what the outcomes of the bill would have been if it had been postponed into a 2year one…at least if it gets signed now we only have to worry about amending it with future bills…
Of course the problems do arise that Law enforcement might abuse the marked licenses for immigration purposes but I think that falls on us as community members/organizers to inform the people of what the licenses mean and how it is that we can fight back against such abuses.
Coincidentally the TRUST Act is headed to Governor Brown’s Desk anytime now and this would play hand in hand with AB 60 since those getting booked for traffic offenses will no longer be eligible for Immigration Holds.
AB 60 (drivers license) was going to die in the Senate as a 2 year bill because many disconnected community orgs like MALDEF and SEIU decided to come out in opposition of driver’s licenses for all. (Their reasoning was because of the marking which is a valuable point but the people don’t care if its marked, as long as its a valid license…)
Anyways the community wanted licenses so in the timespan of a day we came together. rallied, made tons of calls, and signed petitions.
In the end we managed to get it re-introduced! AB 60 passed through the Senate and Assembly and is on its way to the Govs Desk.( who already hinted that he will be signing it)
The power of the community y’all <3
AB60 - la propuesta de ley para licencias de conducir - tendra un voto HOY, como a las 8 PM. Sigan firmando las peticiones por favor!! Ya estamos muy cerca de la victoria.
Take the Pledge: The Dream 9 have been detained at the Eloy immigration prison since July 22nd. They have been on a hunger strike off an on, protesting conditions and asking for their release. We now need you to join them in solidarity with a 1-day hunger strike.
Taking the pledge and taking part in the day-long hunger strike means you will:
1. Sign the petition & call the action alert #’s;
2. Let your friends on facebook/twitter etc. know you are on a hunger strike & why; and
3. Change your facebook profile picture to the one posted here and ask your friends to join you.
If you can join in solidarity with the Dream 9 please pick a date and help us get the word out!
I just took the hunger strike pledge for Tuesday and Wednesday! Bring the DREAM 9 Home!!!
Normally I would apologize for spamming about ( insert any topic) but not for the DREAM 9 info and everything pertaining to that.
To know that two of them ( who I am friends with) are currently in solitary confinement breaks my heart. I know they’re all strong individuals but nobody should have to endure that.
What they’re doing is so courageous and I admire them so much for that. They are fighting back against this system of oppression and for those reasons I will do what I have to help get them out including nonstop posts about them on my tumblr.
Californians if you support the #Dream9 make a friendly call to the following CA legislators with the message below:
“Hi, I was calling to ask the member ______ to sign onto Rep. Honda’s letter asking President Obama to free the Dream 9. The Dreamers turned themselves into ICE at the Nogales border asking to be allowed to come home. I really think the member should sign onto this letter.”
Congressman Jared Huffman (202) 225-5161
Congresswoman Karen Bass (202) 225-7084
Congressman Xavier Becerra (202) 225-6235
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (202) 225-1766
Congressman Henry Waxman (202) 225-3976
#BringThemHome #BringLizbethHome #Dream9
"I still can’t believe that I’m here and part of me is really really happy, I got to see where I was born, I got to see where my dad grew up, I got to see my cousins that are my age and I’m really excited that we have a lot of SUPPORT back HOME in the U.S."