Afrolatiqueer

Self-identified genderqueer artist/scholar/activist of African American and Boricua descent. Constantly questioning boundaries and definitions.
diegueno:


On August 28, Miguel went to his restaurant. It was just another normal workday. ICE showed up to his workplace with a list of names, and his name was on the list. Four years ago an unscrupulous scammer told him he could fix his immigration status if he went back to Tijuana, Mexico. When he arrived to Tijuana, Miguel found out that this was a scam and he had to cross back to the U.S. to continue providing for his family. On that trip back he was stopped by an immigration officer and was issued a court date. Since he had three children that needed him at home, and bringing in money, Miguel decided that showing up to that court date, where he would likely be deported, was not an option. Since he didn’t show up, he was issued a deportation order.
Miguel is an exemplary community member. He has never had any issues with the law, and he has cared for his kids. His youngest son, Javier (16) still depends on his father’s financial support. With the mother out of the picture, Miguel needs to stay in the U.S. to continue supporting his son.
Today Miguel, his family and his community asks you to please take part in preventing this unjust separation to occur. After over a decade of living and working in the U.S., Miguel belongs here, in his home. Please take a moment to sign this petition and share with your networks. Our community must stand strong in solidarity when law abiding community members like Miguel are ripped away.

(via Take Action | United We Dream)

diegueno:

On August 28, Miguel went to his restaurant. It was just another normal workday. ICE showed up to his workplace with a list of names, and his name was on the list. Four years ago an unscrupulous scammer told him he could fix his immigration status if he went back to Tijuana, Mexico. When he arrived to Tijuana, Miguel found out that this was a scam and he had to cross back to the U.S. to continue providing for his family. On that trip back he was stopped by an immigration officer and was issued a court date. Since he had three children that needed him at home, and bringing in money, Miguel decided that showing up to that court date, where he would likely be deported, was not an option. Since he didn’t show up, he was issued a deportation order.

Miguel is an exemplary community member. He has never had any issues with the law, and he has cared for his kids. His youngest son, Javier (16) still depends on his father’s financial support. With the mother out of the picture, Miguel needs to stay in the U.S. to continue supporting his son.

Today Miguel, his family and his community asks you to please take part in preventing this unjust separation to occur. After over a decade of living and working in the U.S., Miguel belongs here, in his home. Please take a moment to sign this petition and share with your networks. Our community must stand strong in solidarity when law abiding community members like Miguel are ripped away.

(via cts598)

Help Nils with Hormone Therapy!

extendedburnings:

Please reblog this and please donate if you can. Things are pretty dire. All things aside, I’d like to finish college, enter STEM, get a career, and give back to the community, things I know I can do, but not while this is in the way. 

(Source: hell-luvr, via baconcentric)

College Scholarship Program - Scholarship Programs | Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

I’m posting this with low-income communities, specifically undocumented high school students, in mind. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has a College Scholarship that covers up to $40,000 worth of tuition, textbook, and living expenses per year for up to 4 years. The deadline is November 4, 2014.

Don’t think that you won’t get it. Read through the guidelines and apply if you meet the criteria. The foundation awards between 30-40 students a year, so there’s a possibility that you may get one.

They do have a GPA requirement and SAT/ACT score requirement, so check that out. If you need help applying or understanding the application process, please feel free to ask me about it. Apply, apply, apply!

Lxs Afrxlatinxs will be making a trip down to Mexico City to be screened in late October!

Super excited!

Stay tuned for more details as the date draws closer!

brotoro:

reminder: ferguson and palestine are still happening and are still important even though there’s less attention being paid to them right now

(via peopleofthediaspora)

fogo-av:

jessehimself:

White Syracuse school guard’s ‘joke’ gets black student to assume the position, mom says
Twelve-year-old Brandon Pearson, who has Down syndrome, was excited to start the school year Tuesday, his first day at a new school.
But he and his family were welcomed to the building with a racist joke from a Syracuse school employee, his mother said.
The incident led school officials to suspend the employee while they investigate her complaint.
Brandon was accompanied on his first day at Huntington K-8 School in Eastwood by his mother, Brandiss Pearson, her husband and her father.
When they stopped in front of a hallway mural to snap pictures, a school sentry, or security guard, who is white, inserted himself. Brandon and his family are black.
"Wait, wait, wait, hold on,” Brandiss Pearson recalls the sentry saying. Then the sentry turned Brandon to face the wall and lifted Brandon’s hands above his head on the wall, as if to be frisked, she said.
"And he starts laughing and says, ‘Now take the picture, he’s in the right position,’ ” Pearson recalled.
The insinuation went over Brandon’s head. He kept smiling. But his family members were stunned, Pearson said. They hurried Brandon off to his classroom to meet his teacher and say their goodbyes. Only after she got home did Pearson stop to process what had happened.
"I was shaking, just like fire-breathing mad,” she said. ”All he saw was a little black boy who needed to assume the position.”
Pearson is a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital Heath Center. She is studying for a master’s degree at Upstate University. She’s on the board of directors for Home HeadQuarters.
"Nothing that I’ve accomplished can change what some people see,” she said.
Pearson’s father snapped a picture of Brandon in the offensive position, but later deleted it from his phone because it made him angry. “He said he did not want to relive that moment one more second,” Pearson said.
Pearson reported the incident to Huntington’s principal Tuesday afternoon. She tearfully confronted the security guard, or school sentry, Wednesday when she saw him in the hallway. He responded that he thought it was “a funny joke,” she said.
School administrators put the sentry on leave Wednesday while they look into the incident, said Michael Henesey, coordinator of communications for the school district. Henesey declined to identify the sentry. Pearson said she did not know the sentry’s full name.
"We are in receipt of the complaint filed against one of our school sentries,” Henesey said in a prepared statement. "The school district has begun an internal investigation into the alleged complaint. The school sentry in question has been placed on administrative leave while the district conducts the investigation. We will not be releasing any more information at this time." [h/t]
Update: Syracuse district fires white school guard for ‘joke’ having black child assume the position

This is horrifying.

fogo-av:

jessehimself:

White Syracuse school guard’s ‘joke’ gets black student to assume the position, mom says

Twelve-year-old Brandon Pearson, who has Down syndrome, was excited to start the school year Tuesday, his first day at a new school.

But he and his family were welcomed to the building with a racist joke from a Syracuse school employee, his mother said.

The incident led school officials to suspend the employee while they investigate her complaint.

Brandon was accompanied on his first day at Huntington K-8 School in Eastwood by his mother, Brandiss Pearson, her husband and her father.

When they stopped in front of a hallway mural to snap pictures, a school sentry, or security guard, who is white, inserted himself. Brandon and his family are black.

"Wait, wait, wait, hold on,” Brandiss Pearson recalls the sentry saying. Then the sentry turned Brandon to face the wall and lifted Brandon’s hands above his head on the wall, as if to be frisked, she said.

"And he starts laughing and says, ‘Now take the picture, he’s in the right position,’ ” Pearson recalled.

The insinuation went over Brandon’s head. He kept smiling. But his family members were stunned, Pearson said. They hurried Brandon off to his classroom to meet his teacher and say their goodbyes. Only after she got home did Pearson stop to process what had happened.

"I was shaking, just like fire-breathing mad,” she said. ”All he saw was a little black boy who needed to assume the position.”

Pearson is a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital Heath Center. She is studying for a master’s degree at Upstate University. She’s on the board of directors for Home HeadQuarters.

"Nothing that I’ve accomplished can change what some people see,” she said.

Pearson’s father snapped a picture of Brandon in the offensive position, but later deleted it from his phone because it made him angry. “He said he did not want to relive that moment one more second,” Pearson said.

Pearson reported the incident to Huntington’s principal Tuesday afternoon. She tearfully confronted the security guard, or school sentry, Wednesday when she saw him in the hallway. He responded that he thought it was “a funny joke,” she said.

School administrators put the sentry on leave Wednesday while they look into the incident, said Michael Henesey, coordinator of communications for the school district. Henesey declined to identify the sentry. Pearson said she did not know the sentry’s full name.

"We are in receipt of the complaint filed against one of our school sentries,” Henesey said in a prepared statement. "The school district has begun an internal investigation into the alleged complaint. The school sentry in question has been placed on administrative leave while the district conducts the investigation. We will not be releasing any more information at this time." [h/t]

Update: Syracuse district fires white school guard for ‘joke’ having black child assume the position

This is horrifying.

(Source: yasboogie)

I recently submitted a proposal for a small grant for community youth programming. Found out a few minutes ago that out of hundreds of applicants, I was selected as one of eight finalists to present our proposal to the funders!

I’m absolutely thrilled that my proposal made it this far. I hope that it is selected by the funders, but even if it isn’t, I won’t lose hope.

yeahwriters:


Save the date! Spread the word! And kick off the Brooklyn Book Festival and Bookends week with Tumblr, recommendedreading, penamerican, and buzzfeedbooks!
We’ll have Karl Ove Knausgård “My Struggle” Mad Libs with kickstarter at 8, dancing with DJ sammybananas at 9, and free drinks as long as they last.
Hope to see you there!

Exciting news guys! Yeah Write is going to be an ~official~ Tumblr correspondent at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival, which means I’ll be live-posting all kinds of content from the event. See you there!!

yeahwriters:

Save the date! Spread the word! And kick off the Brooklyn Book Festival and Bookends week with Tumblr, recommendedreading, penamerican, and buzzfeedbooks!

We’ll have Karl Ove Knausgård “My Struggle” Mad Libs with kickstarter at 8, dancing with DJ sammybananas at 9, and free drinks as long as they last.

Hope to see you there!

Exciting news guys! Yeah Write is going to be an ~official~ Tumblr correspondent at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival, which means I’ll be live-posting all kinds of content from the event. See you there!!

(Source: books, via briellejasmyn)