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I wrote this song and directed this video in response to recent events in Arizona, where SB1070, a senate bill that I consider encourages racial profiling, has been passed into law. Please share this video and join us in the struggle to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. Help us cherish the beautiful diversity that makes up these United States of America.
The song is a free download at http://www.andresuseche.com
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Lyrics:
Marching into the Light
by Andres Useche

She worked all night long
She cleaned up 6 floors
Her working day is now beginning

He worked all day long
He picked up the crops
His swollen fingers are still bleeding

They work in the offices, serve in the restaurants
These hands keep lifting America

Some came from the South, some came from afar
Tell me just who is the Native American?

Did you forget we are human?
Don't you know we are the same?
Did you forget that you are my sister, my brother?
Don't you feel we share your pain?

Out of
the shadows
We are walking together
and into the light
(bis)

Estamos
unidos
Marchemos juntos
hacia la luz

Estados
Unidos
Marchemos juntos
Hacia la Luz

Did you forget we are human?
Don't you know we are the same?
Did you forget that you are my sister, my brother?
Don't you know we feel your pain?

Estamos
unidos
Marchemos juntos
hacia la luz

Estados
Unidos
Marchemos juntos
Hacia la Luz

Out of
the shadows
We are walking together
and into the light
(bis)

SONG CREDITS:
Music and Lyrics by Andres Useche
Lead vocals and guitar: Andres Useche
Recorded and produced by: George Shaw
Back-up Vocals: Oya Thomas, Hilary Fraser- Thomson, Valerie Stern, Grace J. Lee, Dawen Wang, Paul KwoElectric Guitar: Eugene HuangPiano, sequences: George Shaw

VIDEO CREDITS:
Written and Directed by Andres Useche
Edited by: Bian Torres and Andres Useche
Cinematography by: Martin Linss, , Brian Torres, Andres Useche.
Still photography by: Vinh Tran, Andres Useche, Bill Barber cc.
Special Thanks to : Carolina Camargo, Gabriela Ortiz.
Some shots come from the 9500 Liberty documentary by Eric Byler with whom I collaborated on the election-time pro-Obama video "Si Se Puede Cambiar" .

Originally posted to Andres Useche on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 07:47 AM PDT.

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    •  You got it, and... (3+ / 0-)

      I just got an email from the Sheraton in Phoenix, offering me real "deep discount" rates if I showed up there. I took the time to write them back, telling them that at this point I wouldn't go to Arizona if it were free. I hope others will take the time to do the same.

      Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

      by MrMichaelMT on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 08:00:02 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  On boycotts and ways of protest (2+ / 0-)
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        revgerry, Aquagranny911

        Michael, I appreciate the sentiment behind your actions, however I would bring into your consideration that in Arizona I had the pleasure of marching, not only among my fellow immigrants, but also among many Arizonian-born (I guess of European descent I should clarify?) who oppose SB1070 and also see it as an inhumane, racist law. Some of them appear in this video, so while i appreciate how effective an boycott is, I worry that such measures could help some erroneously label the whole of Arizona as anti-immigrant etc. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.
        best wishes,
        Andres

        •  I do understand your sentiment. However, (2+ / 0-)
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          tiponeill, Aquagranny911

          the forces that are pushing this legislation are tightly tied to business. There is a very real effort in this country to force folks to take lower paying jobs. (BTW: That's what the failure to extend UI is all about.) Businesses must realize the problem.

          Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

          by MrMichaelMT on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 08:15:38 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Totally agree on that and going further (1+ / 0-)
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            Aquagranny911

            As it is often the case, some conservatives use people's prejudices and stir up their fears in an effort to have them vote for their candidates and against those people's economic interests. Some would divide us and have us lash out against minorities and one another instead of placing the blame on the CEOs who actually ran the companies into the ground and created such economic catastrophe while flying off comfortably on golden parachutes.
            So I understand your reasoning about confronting them on their turn, their wallets being something they truly care about. It's the whole notion of the identity of Arizona being hijacked by the prejudiced or greedy that I am a bit bothered by. Hopefully we can connect better with Arizona's progressives and together we can reason with those in the middle ground soy they too become vocal and exert pressure, economic or otherwise, without this turning too much into a regional us vs them.

            •  Right on! Coming together is so important (0+ / 0-)

              This divisiveness is hurting all of us. But what I call the 'dark forces' want us to be divided, they want people to be scapegoated so we will not see how they take power for a few at cost to the many.

              Well done, young man, well done!

        •  Nice work, Andres. (1+ / 0-)
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          Aquagranny911

          The performance is excellent, the lyrics right on. May I ask if I properly recognize a few brief clips from the Tucson March, particulary of the Armory Park event.
          This older grandson of Ireland just wants to check his eyes against first person memory.

          I had a brother at Khe Sanh, fightin' off them Viet Cong, they're still there, but he's all gone. The Boss

          by DaNang65 on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 09:32:08 AM PDT

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  •  And while I realize that (2+ / 0-)
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    Julie Gulden, Aquagranny911

    many of those who labor in Las Vegas and Reno to keep those hotels comfortable for the rich can't vote, many more can.

    Is it really possible that the state favors Angle? I cannot believe that. I could, however, believe that those folks don't have time to respond to polls.

    Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

    by MrMichaelMT on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 08:01:11 AM PDT

  •  I live in Tucson, AZ where our diverse population (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Aquagranny911

    is actually publicly celebrated.

    Maricopa county is like another state, sadly more populous than the rest of AZ, so they have more reps in the state legislature.  SB1070 is not their only bad law, believe me.

    Here is the url for the Arizona Democratic Party, where we could use your help for local races..  http://www.azdem.org/

    About AZ Democrats

    Responsibility. Justice. Community. These ideals embody who we are and what we value as Arizona Democrats. They spring from a deep love of country and our state, our determination that equality and opportunity apply to all without exception, and our belief that we are responsible not just for ourselves but for the world we are building and will leave to future generations.

    Arizona Democrats hold an unshakeable faith in the goodness of individuals to act compassionately and to care about others. We dedicate ourselves to the application of common sense, common decency, and common purpose in the cause of the common good. We are patriots: parents, children, veterans, teachers, doctors, nurses, union workers, business owners, ranchers, retirees, and more, from all walks of life, ethnicities, religions, and cultures who proudly call ourselves Arizona Democrats. We value individuals’ differences of ideas, knowing that this blend of beliefs will lead to purposeful action.

    Thanks for posting the lyrics, I won't be able to hear the song until I get to a wi-fi spot, but I am sure it's beautiful.

    PS, I am a supporter of Rodney Glassman, our talented young candidate who is running to unseat John McCain.  You can meet him at Netroots Nation.    http://www.rodneyglassman.com/

    "Bigger change will come with bigger Democratic majorities. Diminishing Democratic accomplishments is a losing strategy." sja May Peace Prevail

    by revgerry on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 08:28:24 AM PDT

    •  Great to hear from Arizona (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Aquagranny911

      Hello and thanks for replying. I was just telling Michael how important I feel it is not to isolate Arizona as a whole but rather lend our support to those progressives already in the trenches fighting the good fight against prejudice and racism.
      It is essential for the rest of us around the country to(I rode from LA) remain engaged and vocal about our belief that immigration law is a federal affair, and that the United States of America stands for equality, justice and opportunity and not discrimination of any kind.
      I appreciate you reading the lyrics but truly hope you get to hear the song and share the video, as it was the best way i could express myself.
      I look forward to finding out more about Rodney Glassman, possibly meeting you guys and offering my support however I can. Stay in touch.
      best wishes,
      Andres

      "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere". MLK

    •  Thanks, Revgerry I am also working for (0+ / 0-)

      Rodney Glassman.  We really need to get him and his message out in Maricopa County.

      Here's to victory in November.  Better days, my friend! Si se puede!

  •  Great song and thank you for writing (0+ / 0-)

    it and giving the free down load.  I will share this with others if you don't mind.

  •  Thank you Andres! (0+ / 0-)

    For this beautiful, chilling, uplifting song and video. I will pass it along. :)

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