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Standing in solidarity with the NC10 that got arrested today for protesting unjustices practiced in the state. Besides the 7 youth who have participated in a peaceful civil disobedience, 3 DREAMers, Mohammad and Isabel was arrested for grounds unclear at the moment, and Viridiana was also arrested for attempting to ask the officers a question about unclear arrest of 2 paramedics who were aiding the tired protesters by handing out water and cough drops. 

Please help the DreamTeam Nc by pitching in few of your dollars http://undocumentedunafraidnc.chipin.com/dropping-the-fear-in-nc to cover the bail out and other various legal expenses. 

and watch the unjust arrests through recorded live streaming > http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17107677 

The Generation of ‘White Noise’

  The society that which we find ourselves is an interesting one, there is the belief that the generations of today, which include X and Y, are lazy and without resolve. Do you believe this true?

  Everyone lives life the best they can, circumventing the tribulations that are placed before them. What about the a young group of undocumented people that belong to these generations that are not allowed to partake in regular, common activities that one normally has in the country that is considered home? There are arguments all over the place of everything and anything, and immigration and its victims are no exception.

  I don’t know about you but there are individuals that could help improve society in many ways, yet are put down or brushed off on the account of information that is gathered through many misinformed, through what is said by someone of ‘credible’ source or lack of research, mediums. On various accounts, it has been shown that allowing the undocumented youth to get legalized would be a better thing for the USA. An educated, contributing, entrepreneurial population helps a country succeed farther, that is what the US has in its society, but the art of turning a blind eye to a situation that should have been addressed before it had gotten this far is not their fault. Politics doesn’t stop in Washington, it also runs deep everywhere in the country. When the word ‘illegal’ starts taking the place of a type of race, it becomes interesting where one gets their misinformation; I’ll give you a hint, sometimes it is the legislators, wink, wink.

  How many people do you hear saying, ‘I understand their plight, but illegal is illegal’?

  The ability to reason is one of the things that separate humans from the ‘animals’. People have acknowledged that immigration is flawed and needs an overhaul. The thing is we are using an old based system that is trying to adjust, resolve, in some cases control the lives of those that come to the US. Everything is under the table until a collective that can’t take this injustice starts to raise their voice. Nobody expected the undocumented youth to continue what was considered a lost cause, but here they are making noise to surpass that which has been ignored.

  The undocumented youth and its allies will keep fighting the struggle that exist within our society, whether the legislators want to acknowledge it or not they are coming harder and harder. Where the legislators fail at coming together for resolutions about the US, the undocumented youth are more united than ever to prove why they are part of the US. The white noise that you ignore is metamorphosing into something that you can’t ignore anymore. Those that are not prepare, don’t worry knowledge is coming your way.

  I would recommend a movie called The Distinguished Gentleman, a 1990’s movie that shows in its own way the politics of congress. It’s not the best movie, but it will give you an idea, without completely boring you. Keep up the fight and show Congress, Congress Candidates, Obama, and Presidential Candidates that the undocumented youth are not to be put on the back burner anymore.

A Concerned Individual

+  This event is very important to me, it’s a statement to let it be known that I, the students, and the people are NOT happy with these new racist laws that keep coming in. Now these hate bills are even targetting the undocumented youth in our community. Taking away a basic human right that is education.Undocumented students already had to pay out of state tuition to get into college, and now this BAN comes in? Telling them, no matter what you pay, you arent going to be able to attend anyways?Slap in the face is all that is, because I as many other students was always told that I had potential, and with education I could do whatever I wanted when I grew, and now 10 years later Im having to fight for my rights to get a further education beyond high school. all because there is this illusion called “illegal” Well no human being is illegal, we arent born “illegal” its just a term, because we are all equal as human beings.
 This BAN- Its a slap to the face, a slap to the face of the 5 year old inside me that was filled with all these lies, that some day I would be something in life, because I was recieving my education and doing the best I could with it, finishing my work, doing homework, finishing projects, all this, and its all redundant since all I see is my dreams being shattered by a racist government. I want to be something in life, I want to be able to go to college, get a career, and not live with my parents at 20 and have a dead end job.
 I have 3 years and then what happens? Out of high school, now what? Im having to fight for my education now and Failure is NOT an option. A community is defined as all the people in a certain area. This is the athens community, not the athens-white, athens-black, athens-whatever. It is Athens, and all the people here are equals. Once you start targetting a certain subgroup, such as the immigrant community, it becomes racism and prejudice. Have we not learned that that is wrong? 2000 plus years ago it was war against the native americans, less then a hundred years ago with the black, and around that same period also it was againts the Asian immigrant workers. Cant the US government understand this is racism?I love the irony. “We the people” “Freedom for all” “One nation under God” “Land of the free” yet we still live in a racist environment where the color of your skin is all that matters, and now the bottom line is money, nobody cares about how ‘removing this “illegal” immigrant’ is just so broad, and it actually means “rip this man from his family, his wife and children, that rely purely on him for income”. And from my experience, I know that many of the kids that are my age and that are immigrants, they didnt have a choice, they came here at early ages with their family, because they were econimally unstable in their homeland. They arent criminals, Im not a criminal, and if I am, I sure didnt choose to be considered a criminal just because of the color of my skin, my accent, or the way my culture is. I am PROUD to be Mexican.
 And just because you dont fit into the situation personally, maybe you arent undocumented. You still have to realize you cant just let this problem keep growing, we are all in this together as a community.As the famous Brazilion theorist Paulo Friere once said: “Washing ones hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral”So either you are with us, or you’re against us. You choose your side. 
By: Alejandro “Cheesecake” Galeana (This was Alejandro explaining why the mock graduation at UGA last week was important to him and the rest of the undocumented youth in Georgia. I decided to include Aljeandro’s full name because his piece was so strong and fierce that it would be a shame to leave it with just his initials. And the picture to go with it! love it! )  

 This event is very important to me, it’s a statement to let it be known that I, the students, and the people are NOT happy with these new racist laws that keep coming in. Now these hate bills are even targetting the undocumented youth in our community. Taking away a basic human right that is education.Undocumented students already had to pay out of state tuition to get into college, and now this BAN comes in? Telling them, no matter what you pay, you arent going to be able to attend anyways?Slap in the face is all that is, because I as many other students was always told that I had potential, and with education I could do whatever I wanted when I grew, and now 10 years later Im having to fight for my rights to get a further education beyond high school. all because there is this illusion called “illegal” Well no human being is illegal, we arent born “illegal” its just a term, because we are all equal as human beings.


 This BAN- Its a slap to the face, a slap to the face of the 5 year old inside me that was filled with all these lies, that some day I would be something in life, because I was recieving my education and doing the best I could with it, finishing my work, doing homework, finishing projects, all this, and its all redundant since all I see is my dreams being shattered by a racist government. I want to be something in life, I want to be able to go to college, get a career, and not live with my parents at 20 and have a dead end job.


 I have 3 years and then what happens? Out of high school, now what? Im having to fight for my education now and Failure is NOT an option. 
A community is defined as all the people in a certain area. This is the athens community, not the athens-white, athens-black, athens-whatever. It is Athens, and all the people here are equals. Once you start targetting a certain subgroup, such as the immigrant community, it becomes racism and prejudice. Have we not learned that that is wrong? 2000 plus years ago it was war against the native americans, less then a hundred years ago with the black, and around that same period also it was againts the Asian immigrant workers. Cant the US government understand this is racism?I love the irony. “We the people” “Freedom for all” “One nation under God” “Land of the free” yet we still live in a racist environment where the color of your skin is all that matters, and now the bottom line is money, nobody cares about how ‘removing this “illegal” immigrant’ is just so broad, and it actually means “rip this man from his family, his wife and children, that rely purely on him for income”. And from my experience, I know that many of the kids that are my age and that are immigrants, they didnt have a choice, they came here at early ages with their family, because they were econimally unstable in their homeland. They arent criminals, Im not a criminal, and if I am, I sure didnt choose to be considered a criminal just because of the color of my skin, my accent, or the way my culture is. I am PROUD to be Mexican.


 And just because you dont fit into the situation personally, maybe you arent undocumented. You still have to realize you cant just let this problem keep growing, we are all in this together as a community.As the famous Brazilion theorist Paulo Friere once said: “Washing ones hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral”So either you are with us, or you’re against us. You choose your side. 


By: Alejandro “Cheesecake” Galeana 
(This was Alejandro explaining why the mock graduation at UGA last week was important to him and the rest of the undocumented youth in Georgia. I decided to include Aljeandro’s full name because his piece was so strong and fierce that it would be a shame to leave it with just his initials. And the picture to go with it! love it! )  

Pictures from the action today~ 

Athens Mock Graduation— standing up against racist Board of Regents ban! 

Undocumented and Unafraid, Unashamed! <3 

GUYA-Athens 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: gaundocumentedyouthalliance@gmail.com
 
Georgia Undocumented Youth Determined to Graduate Despite Board of Regents Ban 
Undocumented students will hold a graduation ceremony against the Board of Regents ban at University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia— Today, Undocumented youth from Athens will conduct a graduation ceremony of resistance as a protest against the Board of Regents’ decision to ban academically qualified students from attending Georgia’s top 5 public universities solely based on their immigration status. “I , just as many other students, was always told that I had potential, and with education I could do whatever I wanted when I grew up,” said Alejandro Galeana, a junior from Cedar Shoals High School, “and now, I am having to fight for my rights to be allowed to receive higher education,”
 
WHAT:              Undocumented youth stage graduation of resistanceWHO:               Undocumented Youth from around the state of GeorgiaWHEN:             Tuesday, August 23rd at 12:00pm at the University of GA “Arch”WHERE:           In front of the “Arch” - Corner of College and Broad
 
“I am having to fight for my education now, and Failure is NOT an option,” Galeano stated, and understanding the issue within his society Alejandro goes on, “This is the Athens community, not the Athens-white, Athens-black or Athens-anything. It is Athens, and all the people here are equal. Once you start targeting a certain subgroup, such as the immigrant community, it becomes racism and prejudice”
 
Tuesday’s action is in the spirit of supporting youth like Galeano, whose dreams and hard work are being shattered by the BOR ban
 
In addition to the rally, GUYA will be announcing its support of Freedom University, a local project that will offer a rigorous college-level course to all academically qualified students regardless of immigration status or socio-economic background, without fees or tuition. One of the scholars involved in the project, Dr. Pamela Voekel, states that “The Regents ban contravenes this country’s most cherished values of liberty and justices for all. Freedom University is designed to serve the students adversely affected by the Board of Regent’s misguided ban.”
 
Freedom University is governed by a advisory board consisting nationally recognized scholars including Pulitzer Prize winning author, Junot Díaz, representing growing educators voice on the issue of immigration.
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Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA) is an Undocumented Youth-led organization which seeks dignity and justice for its immigrant youth community in the state of Georgia. GUYA believes all persons should have equal access to education and a life free from persecution regardless of their legal status.
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: gaundocumentedyouthalliance@gmail.com

 

Georgia Undocumented Youth Determined to Graduate Despite Board of Regents Ban

Undocumented students will hold a graduation ceremony against the Board of Regents ban at University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia— Today, Undocumented youth from Athens will conduct a graduation ceremony of resistance as a protest against the Board of Regents’ decision to ban academically qualified students from attending Georgia’s top 5 public universities solely based on their immigration status. “I , just as many other students, was always told that I had potential, and with education I could do whatever I wanted when I grew up,” said Alejandro Galeana, a junior from Cedar Shoals High School, “and now, I am having to fight for my rights to be allowed to receive higher education,”

 

WHAT:              Undocumented youth stage graduation of resistance
WHO:               Undocumented Youth from around the state of Georgia
WHEN:             Tuesday, August 23rd at 12:00pm at the University of GA “Arch”
WHERE:           In front of the “Arch” - Corner of College and Broad

 

“I am having to fight for my education now, and Failure is NOT an option,” Galeano stated, and understanding the issue within his society Alejandro goes on, “This is the Athens community, not the Athens-white, Athens-black or Athens-anything. It is Athens, and all the people here are equal. Once you start targeting a certain subgroup, such as the immigrant community, it becomes racism and prejudice”

 

Tuesday’s action is in the spirit of supporting youth like Galeano, whose dreams and hard work are being shattered by the BOR ban

 

In addition to the rally, GUYA will be announcing its support of Freedom University, a local project that will offer a rigorous college-level course to all academically qualified students regardless of immigration status or socio-economic background, without fees or tuition. One of the scholars involved in the project, Dr. Pamela Voekel, states that “The Regents ban contravenes this country’s most cherished values of liberty and justices for all. Freedom University is designed to serve the students adversely affected by the Board of Regent’s misguided ban.”

 

Freedom University is governed by a advisory board consisting nationally recognized scholars including Pulitzer Prize winning author, Junot Díaz, representing growing educators voice on the issue of immigration.

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Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA) is an Undocumented Youth-led organization which seeks dignity and justice for its immigrant youth community in the state of Georgia. GUYA believes all persons should have equal access to education and a life free from persecution regardless of their legal status.

 

+ noface-nameless:

We are not going to let some BS Board of Regents ban to tell us we cannot achieve our goals and dreams! 
FIGHTING BACK THE UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH OF GEORGIA 
full credit to&#160;: GUYA Athens and Alejandro AKA, CheeseCake

&lt;3 &lt;3 &lt;3 &lt;3 
Undocumented, Unafraid, Unashamed, and UNAPOLOGETIC 

noface-nameless:

We are not going to let some BS Board of Regents ban to tell us we cannot achieve our goals and dreams! 

FIGHTING BACK THE UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH OF GEORGIA 

full credit to : GUYA Athens and Alejandro AKA, CheeseCake

<3 <3 <3 <3 

Undocumented, Unafraid, Unashamed, and UNAPOLOGETIC 

how we are denied the simplest things.


I know a couple weeks back there was a couple of news articles talking about how New Mexico Governor was asking for everyone to prove that they are residents of the state. When I read these articles i was heart broken because I have many family members that live in the state of Georgia that have NM licenses.


I remember how my uncle and my mother begged my cousin and I to ask for time off at work and go to NM to get our licenses. I told my mother right away that I was not going to pay that much money to get a driver’s license, I told her that we should save that money in case I were to get detained. I bring this up because when these articles came out my cousin told me, “you see. it was good we didn’t go get those license, it would’ve been a waste of $2,000”. I am used to hearing these types of statements, but this time it hit me hard because of the way my cousin said it, he’s usually very positive and is always the one cheering me up, but this time around it was different. It seemed like there was a tone of defeat in his voice, and that killed me.


Now we have to worry about my uncle even more now because he’s gotten stopped twice already with the NM driver’s license. I pray that they won’t stop him again and hope that things will get better. I know that I cannot just sit back and pray and wait for things to get better, I have to do something to make things better.


Sometimes the obstacles seem to get higher and higher and we want things to get here faster and faster. The reality is that we have to organize and win at the state level, we need to show these politicians that we will continue to fight regardless of how many obstacles they put in our way. 


WE HAVE TO CONTINUE to fight because as undocumented  youth we have the privilege of knowing both languages and cultures. We have the privileged to risk more than our parents. Our parents are fighting int their way, but we have to continue to fight and push for dignity for our communities. We cannot wait for someone to come save us, we can’t wait for the DREAM Act, we can wait  for “comprehensive” Immigration Reform. We have to live and if that means fighting we have to continue to push! 


Ya basta de las injusticias! I’m tired already and I am sure you are, but sometimes fighting is the little motor that keeps us going. It’s that little voice that tells you to get up each and every day, its that voice that tells you you cannot give up no matter what happens. You do it for yourself, but most importantly you do it for your family and community. 


We are tired of false promises and we will no longer continue to wait and fall for those promises. 


We will get our community to speak for themselves and we will get these politicians to apologize. Later on they will be the ones looking for us and asking for help and we will remember who was on our side. 


Dignidad y Justicia.

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So, GUYA has been playing around with several ideas for the past few weeks, since the big march and CB action back in June/July. 
Since the two actions, we opened up a small chapter in Athens. And this is our first ACTION in Athens! Ready to empower youth~~ 
We are having a mock graduation at “The Arch” located at the UGA (University of Georgia) campus.
It is symbolic to hold this mock-graduation at UGA because UGA is one of the schools who banned undocumented students from attending the university even if we opted to pay the gargantuan of approx. $30,000 yearly tuition.  
If you are in the area, or if you attend that school, you should stop by on your way to your next class or so. 
If you need rides, we can figure that out for you. Just fill out this form!! 
If you are out of the state, :)) I know you will support us through spirit~~ &lt;3 
Much love,
Guyavas~ &lt;3 

So, GUYA has been playing around with several ideas for the past few weeks, since the big march and CB action back in June/July. 

Since the two actions, we opened up a small chapter in Athens. And this is our first ACTION in Athens! Ready to empower youth~~ 

We are having a mock graduation at “The Arch” located at the UGA (University of Georgia) campus.

It is symbolic to hold this mock-graduation at UGA because UGA is one of the schools who banned undocumented students from attending the university even if we opted to pay the gargantuan of approx. $30,000 yearly tuition.  

If you are in the area, or if you attend that school, you should stop by on your way to your next class or so. 

If you need rides, we can figure that out for you. Just fill out this form!! 

If you are out of the state, :)) I know you will support us through spirit~~ <3 

Much love,

Guyavas~ <3 

Why a college ban?

 Why a college ban?

In response to the racism displayed towards undocumented students after the case of Jessica Colotl,the Georgia Board of Regents conducted a study to identify the number and tuition payments of undocumented students in Georgia.  Out of 310,000 students in the University System of Georgia, only 501 undocumented students were identified, all of whom were paying out of state tuition.  According to members of  the Residency Verification Committee that reports to the Board of Regents, students who pay out-of-state tuition pay over and above the cost of instruction.  This means these students are not subsidized at all, but in fact, are a source of profit for the university. 

Given this situation, it appears to be completely insane for the Board of Regents to ban undocumented students from the top 5 Universities in Georgia.  This affects 29 students overall. Why would the Board of Regents require an expensive, burocratic system to ensure that they don’t get out-of-state tuition from these students?

Some people say that the ban was an attempt on the part of former chancellor Davis to prevent the state legislature from enacting a full ban on all undocumented students. This full ban was proposed last legislative session under the title of HB59 despite the partial ban. The Georgia legislature was too busy (!!!) passing HB87 to get around to banning undocumented students. They likely concluded that HB87’s criminalizing finding work (a felony charge that was NOT blocked by judge Thrash’s ruling) would be enough for one legislative session. If this ban was a compromise then that assumes Davis and the Board of Regents really want to have access for undocumented students to higher education in Georgia but feel they can’t given the political climate here. I don’t buy that, especially after looking over the minutes of some of their meetings. Davis did testify against HB59 at the capitol. However, the center of gravity for the Board of Regents is clearly anti immigrant. Even if this was a compromise, the real affect was the opposite of their intention. The ban is a message from the Board of Regents that undocumented students are less worthy of education than students with papers. This confirms the underlying ideas behind a full ban like HB59.

So if “compromise” doesn’t completely answer why they did this, maybe the actual policy may help give insight:

any person not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible for admission to any USG institution which, for the two most recent academic years, did not admit all academically qualified applicants.

Now, my take on this is that, given recent tuition and fee hikes and budget cuts to universities, more and more “academically qualified students” will be denied admission. Already there is talk of capping enrollment. According to the AJC, “(Former Chancellor) Davis said… If the state doesn’t increase support… the system may have to cap enrollment. That means more students won’t be able to get into the university of their choice, or into college at all.” So fewer students with papers will have access to higher education as well. The cuts to the HOPE scholarship do the same thing, deny effective access to college for many students. This will disproportionately impact low-income people and students of color because of the changes in K to 12 education in Georgia. Georgia has, to a great degree, resegregated K to 12 school and underfunded schools already have fewer students who qualify for HOPE. The changes to HOPE make it even harder for these folks to get help with tuition. The effect of all of this is that fewer people will have access to higher education.

Higher education is seen as a path towards a better life in the US. Parents urge their children to make good grades so that they can someday have a good job and a dignified life. Most folks would be angered by the denial of this chance for their child (many already are!) So this creates a political problem for those who are restructuring education in Georgia. How do you make people swallow the idea that they will not get to go to college, that they will likely end up working the same dead end job that their parents hate so much

I think that the ban is at least partially about scapegoating. It is designed to soften people’s anger over these changes to their opportunities because the politicians hope that they will say, “well, at least my spot wasn’t stolen by an undocumented student.” Scapegoating has a long and ugly history in the US, especially towards immigrant communities and other people of color. And the sad truth is that sometimes it works. Sometimes hatred is whipped up between groups and it ends up benefiting the status quo.

So if all these ideas play some role in why the ban was enacted, one thing is clear. Students of color and from low income families have a common cause with their undocumented brothers and sisters. This is most clearly a fight about justice and equal rights. But it is also a fight for the chance at a better life for a whole generation of Georgians. If the scapegoating succeeds and no one challenges these changes to education, people may believe they deserve their low end, no healthcare, degrading job.

I was lucky enough to be present at a talk given to a high school club in South Cobb started to promote Latino pride and understanding. One of the young people present said, “I’m part of this club because I don’t want to grow up just to work at Burger King all my life.” It almost made me cry with joy that he knew he was worth more than that, that he had something special and important to contribute to our world. So when we fight the ban, let’s remember the big picture, that we’re fighting for a future life of dignity and purpose. 

Written by: BW

URGENT: Call to Stop the DEATH and Deportation of the Mathe-Karekezi Family

CALL ICE and demand that they STOP THE DEATH AND DEPORTATION of the Mathe-Karekezi family: 1-800-821-9358

Your action is needed now to stop the DEATH and Deportation of the Mathe-Karekezi family. The family fled here from Africa several years ago after numerous death threats and an attempt to kidnap the youngest child.

Andy Mathe (alien #: 088-488-386) has been detained by immigration for over three months; ICE has attempted to deport him twice. The second time, after hearing his story, the Delta pilot refused to take off. ICE has threatened to ‘drug’ Andy next time so he ‘can’t fight back.’

More information at: http://bit.ly/mathefam

CALL ICE and demand that they STOP THE DEATH AND DEPORTATION of the Mathe-Karekezi family: 1-800-821-9358

“Hi, I was calling to ask that the Mathe-Karekezi family’s death and deportation be stopped and that Andy Mathe be released immediately (alien #: 088-488-386).”

It is very important for everyone to call in TODAY

Our goal is AT LEAST 200 calls a day. If we spread this around to our friends and family,( just by looking at your fb contacts) it should be piece of cake! 


SPREAD AND LOVE 

<3,

The Undocumented, Unafraid, Unashamed, and Unapologetic.