Orange County Dream Team Plans 'Coming Out of the Shadows' Event Tomorrow

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OC's undocumented youth are planning to step out of the shadows tomorrow afternoon with a public event at Sasscer Park in SanTana. The Orange County Dream Team is participating in the local effort as part of a national week of action aimed at bringing personal stories and immigration statuses out of the darkness and into the light.

"Coming Out of the Shadows" is seen as an empowering move that yields the potential to infuse humanity into the immigration debate. "In 2010, The Immigrant Youth Justice League organized an event in which students made their immigration status public for the first time," Gerson Cortes, who identifies himself as an 'UndocuQueer' student, says of the national initiative's roots. "Soon, organizations across the nation followed suit, and by March 2011, stepping out of the shadows was pushed as a national action."

There will be an open mic format at the event. "We encourage members of the community to share their ideas in any form they see fitting," Cortes adds. Preceding that will be a vigil hosted in memory of Joaquin Luna, an 18-year old undocumented Texas teenager whose suicide late last year rippled through the undocumented youth community.

Illoheem, a local rapper and spoken word poet, was so effected by the news that he recorded a song that begins "My name is Joaquin Luna / I'm undocumented of course / This is my story / But it could really be yours." Part of the motivation for tomorrow's action is to dissolve feelings of isolation and construct a support network in its place.



As part of the overall effort, the OCDT also has uploaded a YouTube video of testimonies from young people in inviting allies, students and members of the community to join together at the Sasscer Park gathering from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. "There is a heavy burden placed in youth who have often times been instructed since childhood to keep their status a secret. This secret comes from fear, and as we develop our American identities, it grows to be a shameful burden," says Cortes of the need for alleviation of such at a personal and political level.

"By staying in the shadows...the movement also loses a powerful story with which to change the public perception of immigration."

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Lblas07
Lblas07

k kalles esta l park?

Alva
Alva

Please call ICE!

mitch young
mitch young

Here's a solution -- give these kids a 'path to citizenship', but they have to return to the countries of which they are citizens. They would go to the 'head of the line', so there would be no immigration from that country, other than 'Dreamers', until this 'backlog' is taken care of. E.g. if there are 450,000 Mexicans in this situation, well, that's 3 years worth of current, legal, Mexican immigration.

mitch young
mitch young

From the glorious 'Day without a Mexican' (quite pleasant, as it happened) to 'undocuqueer'. Man you guys have jumped the shark.

Alva
Alva

 Avenida Revolucion TJ, gracias.

S.A. Artist
S.A. Artist

 Forget the ice, just bring some wine, we can have an event/fundraiser/artshow  for O.C. Dream Team in the Santora. Don't worry about the molester, Gustavo got rid of him.

Vertov
Vertov

You don't have to be *completely* unpleasant to minors who had no say in their fates, do you? 

Arthur Comarthur
Arthur Comarthur

 Gustavo is waiting for national "Coming Out of the Closet" week.  F'ing maricón

mitch young
mitch young

Fair enough point. I'll try to be nicer.

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