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