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    Spring backward. #photoaday #flowerstagram #firstdayofspring #spring #lastofwinter ❄️❤️ So yesterday, I ran a poetry workshop at a middle school and hearing the words from these youth, I feel a lot better about the world. One boy wrote a poem & was very shy about reading it. I offered to read it for him. To my surprise, he wrote about people wanting freedom and not being “illegal.” I hope he finds the courage some day to read the poem because these days, hate voices itself louder than love. Our kids deserve better role models. I didn’t grow up thinking about my immigration status, but I think many children have to now. 💔I’m at a very low point in my hope bank. I’m taking notes on how to say goodbye to a country. I think one way is love and one way is poetry.
#loveislouder #happyworldpoetryday This Sunday I made it to church at a Unitarian Universalist congregation. I arrived as a panelist for an immigration and human rights discussion. My audience was majority White. I started with a poem and then my college journey narrative. It is a heavy feeling to be a person who potentially faces deportation or undocumented status and to stand in front of an audience that though sympathetic, cannot imagine what your world is like. They listened to me and the other panelists very actively. One of the panelists, Klara Bilgin, showed us this poster-size cover of Time magazine’s March issue with her own addition “Why America?” At the end I was surprised that most people had comments rather than questions. When we say immigration is a controversial issue or a “hot topic,” it’s true. I got to see it today by people commenting on their experience traveling abroad without borders or their observations of how much labor is expected of undocumented immigrants. Many of them were proposing solutions. I wish Congress were as productive as these people were in their 15 or so minutes to comment and ask questions. #rageatCongress #votesmart #speakup Little sister poem. Be woke.❤️ #ajamonet #poem
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1,000 miles: step 44

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This is me and Ana Negoescu, Director of Education and Advocacy at CARECEN’s 32nd Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony. It’s been but a few months since I last saw her, but time is a friend to change… and babies.

CARECEN, Central American Resource Center, is located in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. CARECEN is a community-orientated organization, responding to the needs of its immediate Latino neighbors. One upcoming effort, an immigration reform march on October 8th.

I came across CARECEN earlier this year, after discovering their Residency Now campaign. Although, it’s often a traffic-filled commute to arrive at Columbia Heights, CARECEN is always a good reason of endurance. It is their efforts that have helped mobilize the passionate community I’m proud to be a part of, even when my tongue forget its origins.

I believe that at the heart of social change is a commitment to love. And CARECEN loves.

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