[Press Release] Undocumented Immigrant Organizers & Students Gather to Watch Obama Announcement Immigration Reform


Event participants will address the need for federal changes, and offer criticism of the focus on harsh punitive measures so far released in immigration reform proposals.  WHAT: Members of immigrant rights community groups, including the Immigrant Youth Justice League, will be gathering to watch and respond to President Obama’s plans on comprehensive immigration reform. Some […]

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Documenting the Undocumented: On the Intersections Between Ethnography, Politics and Ethics

David Ramirez (right) coming out of the shadows in Chicago, on March 10th, 2010

I remember the first time I met organizers from the Immigrant Youth Justice League. I was attending a grassroots leadership training when a youth organizer took the floor. The organizer stood up and introduced himself as an undocumented student who could not get his citizenship although he did everything that could be expected of him. […]

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We have a long way to go, but together we will succeed!


My name is Fanny and I am undocumented. My sister, my mother and I crossed the border 10 years ago and we reunited with my father after being separated for almost three years. I went to Fenton High School in Bensenville, IL and last year I graduated from Dominican University.  Not being eligible for work, […]

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50 Ways to Come Out Undocumented & Unafraid

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As National Coming out of the Shadows week approaches, here is a list of 50 ways to declare that we are undocumented and unafraid (or getting there), that we are still here and are not leaving, and that we are a well organized and creative movement. This list was gathered through suggestions on various social […]

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Marcelo released, still facing deportation

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Yesterday afternoon, an undocumented student, Marcelo Cantañeda, 26, was released from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in Chicago. After being told Marcelo would be deported today, local and national immigration organizations rallied along with friends and family to get Marcelo out of detention and stop his deportation. Although reunited with his family, his legal case […]

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The politics of coming out (via Organizing Upgrade)

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Over the last 6 months our focus has been on building a strong base of undocumented youth and allies who are informed, empowered, and organized. And in the one and a half year of our experience, our work includes education, outreach, and mobilization that addresses the need for our communities to know about immigration policy that affects them, be connected to resources, and know that they have a right to organize.

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