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Undocumented, Asian and taking up arms in the immigration fight – finally

New Yorker Jong-Min You represents the fastest growing undocumented population – Asian immigrants. He’s now encouraging others in his community to join the growing immigrant rights movement: “The cultural norm is not putting your dirty laundry in public, so you don’t tell anybody about this, and your parents tell you not to tell anybody, so …

Standing up for Civil and Labor Rights in New Orleans

By Fernando Lopez, NOWCRJ Fernando Lopez is a community organizer for the Congress of Day Laborers at the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice — the group representing #1of11Million campaign participant, Yestel Velazquez. Yestel Velazquez is a New Orleans reconstruction worker. He came to New Orleans shortly after Hurricane …

To Define is to Limit

I absolutely love to read and anyone who is familiar with Oscar Wilde I’m sure recognizes the quote I have chosen for my title; “To define is to limit.” From the moment I read this in The Picture of Dorian Gray I thought to myself, this is me, this is how I see the …

White and Undocumented -- why I’m not stopped by border patrol

Midnight. 80 degrees. Palm trees, illuminated by the airport lights, lining the street. My dream was now a reality. Germany to Miami. I did it. I moved to America! When I was 12, my family vacationed in upstate New York. From then on, I knew I wanted to live in America. When …

When Supporting Your Family Earns a Criminal Record

America was a free country. There, freedom is everything. Growing up, that was the picture I had. America was the country where you’re free to do whatever you want. It all changed when I turned sixteen. I woke up excited, ready to …

Will America live up to its promise?

Last week would have been the 71st birthday of my mother who was tragically killed abroad fifteen years ago. Because of my undocumented status, I still have not been able to visit her grave site. This experience is all to common in the undocumented community. This is one of the many reasons why, despite …

What will it finally take to be recognized as Americans?

I was in my college dorm in Tennessee. My roommate woke me up and told me about a disaster at the World Trade Center. I immediately called my parents in Brooklyn, wanting to know if they were okay. My mom replied that she was fine, but it was the people in Manhattan that she …

Should all Americans have the right to an education?

I was raised in a family with strong beliefs in our faith. It is because of my faith that I continue to strive for a better future and do good to others. This is why I’m so passionate for my advocacy in education, regardless of gender, race and immigration status. When I lived …

What are you most proud of?

My sons Issac and Felipe are my pride and joy. My wife and I go to church with them every Sunday and we spend our free time at the movies or enjoying …

Will the President keep his word?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2014 How long is America willing to prioritize politics over families and our future? How far will our elected leaders go to avoid making decisions that would allow millions to pursue the American dream and participate fully in strengthening our communities and our economy? We …

Are you with the #1of11Million?

The One in 11 Million Campaign launched over two weeks ago and we continue to amplify the stories of our #1of11Million campaign stories. Here are some ways you can help as an individual …