I Define Myself: Undocumented & Unafraid Portrait Exhibit

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Join us on Saturday June 14th at 6PM for the opening reception and panel discussion of the “I Define Myself: Undocumented & Unafraid” Portrait Project. Panelists to include: Jocelyn Munguia Fearless Undocumented Alliance), Yaxal Sobrevilla (UIC Heritage Garden), Arianna Salgado (Immigrant Youth Justice League), and Fanny López (featured in the project).

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Antonio: “We Need To Stand Up And Organize!”

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“We can’t keep waiting for politicians or for others to change these unfair policies and just like we need to change the immigration laws nationally, we also need to stand up to IIT’s administration and tell them that we are here, we are IIT, we are IIT’s future and we won’t hide anymore. We need to stand up and organize. My name is Antonio Gutierrez, I’m undocumented, queer, and I am IIT.”

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Sara: “We All Have The Right To Be Here Without Living In Constant Fear. We have The Right To Live With Dignity. We Have The Right To Exist.”

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“So when a community member is detained, it is a personal attack on me. I will not sit back and continue to watch families be destroyed and separated. We all have the right to be here without living in constant fear. We have the right to live with dignity. We have the right to exist.”

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Lourdes: “My Story Does Not End Here; I Am Still In Deportation Proceedings But I Am No Longer Afraid.”

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“That is the reason I am here coming out of the shadows. Because I feel my skin curling [goose bumps] and my heart breaks when thinking that my children could be left without their mother. And all of their dreams and mine will be truncated. I will not stop fighting. I will not let them separate me from my children.”

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María: “To This Day, My Son Turns White and Hides When He Sees Police Officers. They Are No Longer There To Protect Us.”

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“When I got home, I found out they were ICE. They handcuffed him in front of our children and left, leaving my children and I huddled on the floor in tears. To this day, my son turns white and hides when he sees police officers. They are no longer there to protect us.”

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María: “Como Madre Yo Pido Que Paren Las Separaciones De Familias”

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“Él no quería que el día en que lo iban a deportar llegara. Quería que no pasaran las horas. Yo sentía que mi corazón se desgarraba. El día en que lo deportaron no pude abrazarlo por última vez. Yo tenía miedo que regresara a México, un país desconocido. El llego sin identificación y si un hogar a donde llegar. Desde que llego a México no ha podido encontrar trabajo y un hogar estable.”

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