Immigration, DREAMers and the 2016 Presidential Election


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Week’s program

2016-03-24 19.02.40.jpgTonight we had a panel with four of Tech DREAMers fielding questions about their experience since arrival to the U.S. A unique insight into the lives of Latino college students who jumped and continue jumping through uncommon obstacles in pursuit of a Higher Education, the training necessary to impact society in positive ways.

The interviewer:

Genessis Castillo


Celi Palhua
Sam Aguilar
Juan Hernández
Juan de la Rosa Díaz

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Detained: Perspectives on the U.S. Immigrant Detention System

This is the description of today’s activity for the DREAM-related week.

Join Tech DREAMers as we host a panel about the U.S. immigrant detention system. Bringing together different perspectives, this panel will be made up of Laura Sanders, a local artist from Blacksburg whose work focuses on detention centers in the American Southwest; Marybeth Onyeukw, a Black undocumented immigrant rights activist from Washington D.C.; and Dr. Rebecca Hester, a professor in Virginia Tech’s Science and Technology in Society Department whose work focuses on issues of health faced by undocumented immigrants in the U.S.2016-03-21 18.39.28.jpg


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Haiti and the Dominican Republic: A Storm in Hispaniola

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The Economist’s Americas section (7 December 2013) recently published this article on the recent tensions between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The article concludes that if President Danilo Medina “wants to lessen the outrage, he could push for the naturalisation law to grant immediate citizenship to those affected by the [Dominican Constitutional Court] ruling.”

The last time the Dominican Republic committed an atrocity against residents of Haitian descent, the rest of the world paid little heed. In 1937 Rafael Trujillo, a brutal dictator, ordered troops to clear the country’s borderlands of Haitians whom he said were thieves. In five days thousands of people were killed. Haiti’s government issued only a mild protest.

Such violence is fortunately a thing of the past. But tensions between the two countries have increased after what the Dominican Republic’s critics claim is a legal atrocity. In September its Constitutional Court ruled that the current…

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“Listen to What the Drums Say” – Jasiri X

Dennis R. Hidalgo

What does it say when the young and rebellious who are on the trenches resisting racial and economic oppression, and are too smart to believe the establishment’s eulogies, continue thinking and reinterpreting the inspirational life of Mandela? There may be reasons to hope in the future.

The Daily News posted that James Baker has tried to clean Reagan from his defense of the South African Apartheid.

When even the most reactionary leaders, who once feared and disapproved of Mandela, are chanting his praises, we need critical thinkers in the front lines ready to speak truth to power.

Though unknown to many, grassroots music and other forms of artistic performances were at the vanguard of the fight against the Apartheid. Drums, in particular, were symbols of resistance since the start of slavery in the Americas. Jasiri X’s metaphor on drums, then, runs deeper than what it looks on the surface.


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Special AKA: Free Nelson Mandela

No better time to re-listen to one of the best artistic performances meant to resist the legacy of racial oppression.



I am reposting this song in honour of Nelson Mandela’s death. In 1984 this song went to #9 in its native Britain and #1 in New Zealand. It was “immensely popular” in Africa, according to the Wikipedia. It did not chart in America, where I first heard it in 1985.


Free Nelson Mandela
Free free
Free free free Nelson Mandela

Free Nelson Mandela

Twenty-one years in captivity
His shoes too small to fit his feet
His body abused but his mind is still free
Are you so blind that you cannot see I say

Free Nelson Mandela
I’m begging you
Free Nelson Mandela

He pleaded the causes of the ANC
Only one man in a large army
Are you so blind that you cannot see
Are you so deaf that you cannot hear his plea


Twenty-one years in captivity
Are you so blind that you…

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Martha Frayde, co-founder of Cuba’s human rights movement, dies

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Martha Frayde Barraqué, a founder and leading figure of Cuba’s human rights movement and a sharp critic of the Fidel and Raúl Castro governments for decades, died Wednesday in Madrid, Spain, Juan Tamayo reports for The Miami Herald. She was 93 years old.

Frayde started out like many Cubans as an enthusiastic supporter of Fidel Castro even before his revolution toppled the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in 1959 and promised democracy.

But she turned against him as Castro imposed a communist system on the island, denied human and civil rights to its citizens and jailed tens of thousands who opposed his rule peacefully.

“I wanted to do something big for my country,” she told El Nuevo Herald in a 2008 interview. “Castro fooled us all, starting with me. The visionaries [who foresaw Castro’s dictatorship] from the start were a minority.”

As a dictator, she added, Castro made Batista “look small.”

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