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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 60

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I actually came across this whiteboard message a week ago, on my way to one of my tutoring sessions. Although today is a slow Friday, it’s a welcome from the days that have filled up this week.

Next week, I have yet another job interview, which adds up the grand total to half a dozen so far. I’m grateful for the interviews, but silent rejection is not cool, man. At least for one of my interviews, I’ve been told, I’ll get called regardless of my being hired. Yet, I can’t say I’m utterly unemployed.

My tutoring hours have built up recently. I’m learning a great deal about what I do love: teaching, even when the student is sometimes a kid complaining about the boringness of the English subject… breaks my heart every time.

I must be honest, I would feel much better reporting to my amazing and “massive” blog audience, prettier things like poetry and books. Though, I’ve opened several books, I’m leaving just as many unfinished. I suppose, being a student is my favorite, most inspiring occupation. I look forward to the fall most anxiously.

In the meantime, Claudia really must read and write, if only madly.

I leave with a display at NOVA’s Alexandria library. Spring is in the air:

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