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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! )
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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.
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
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