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The longer our elected officials fail to fix the immigration system and the more they work to oppress immigrants the more young people are driven to take action to protect their rights and the rights of their families. Their inaction and delays create more organizers by the day and by the hour.

Our representatives inability to do anything about effective immigration reform for decades and their apathy toward the plight of Dreamers has given rise to a new, activist generation of organizers, bloggers and future political stars.

I have witnessed this in my own state. Young people who have never been involved politically before are working across traditional party lines to bring about the Dream Act. They are coordinating with organizations across the country, phone banking, sitting in, rallying, writing press releases, and reaching out to immigrant communities. They are learning senate, house and electoral procedures.

We are seeing this scenario played out in state after state on not only the DREAM Act but on state legislation that affects immigrants, minorities and youth. The same young people fighting for the Dream are now organizing to prevent Arizona like legislation from passing in 11 other states and thus fighting to prevent discrimination against all minorities.

Is it possible with the advent of their participation we are witnessing a political suicide amongst reps opposing the DREAM act? Our representatives are seemingly blind to the future movers and shakers standing in their offices demanding answers. Are they blinded by power or is it something more sinister?

Regardless of what happens with the DREAM Act this gives me hope. These newly initiated organizers will continue to plug away at immigration reforms and organize allies and their own communities come election time. They will get involved in political parties and act as advocates in their own state houses for decades to come.

Representatives would be wise to pay attention to the youth that are suddenly paying attention to the way they vote. Their mistake is assuming that undocumented youth are the only people organizing around this issue and they cannot vote and they risk deportation. Their assumptions are dead wrong. As these young organizers work to preserve their futures in the country they love they build a base of support extending far outside their own neighborhoods and become political insiders. Add to this the amount of time they have when they graduate from college and are unable to work. The more reps vote against the legalization of undocumented youth the more they set in stone their own political downfall.

Like I said; they give me hope.

Originally posted to credstone on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 10:47 AM PST.

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  •  The numbers (1+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog
    Are on their side. It may take some more time, but their activism is reminiscent of the Civil Rights movement. More power to them!

    Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will. Mark Twain

    by whoknu on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 01:09:08 PM PST

  •  Encouraging signs of political participation (0+ / 0-)

    The silence and passivity of the Hispanic communities on these issues so far has puzzled me.

    I believe they represent over 11% of the population or more.

    It's always seemed curious they a whole lot of these smaller groups, with very powerful alligned interests don't band together in a mutual synergistic alliance?

    Could you imagine if these communities really started organizing and banded together for common purpose?

    If you got the Hispanic communities, together with the GLBT (plus families, friends, and co-workers), unions, womans groups, those who favor civil and individual rights, along with 4th Amendment advocates, together with those concerned with foriegn wars, and the interests of the common working man, you'd have a majority of the population fired up and ready to go.

    Then if we could find some charismatic, and passionate leaders to organize Washington, and advocate progressive legislation we ought to be able pass almost anything.

    I know it sounds far-fetch now.  But, these signs your report are hopeful.  And if we could get some audacious articullate visionary leaders it almost sounds plausible that we could really get fired up and ready to go.

    "-)

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 01:22:16 PM PST

    •  Oh the sentence about including other (0+ / 0-)

      disadvantaged minority groups like the African Americans, disabled, woman, religious and other ethnic minorities, and those without basic healthcare, adequate shelter etc, got cut out somehow.

      But, you get the idea - if numerous group of "underdogs" could figure out how to band together for the common good of ourselves and our country, and the world, we could be a powerful force.  Maybe even a majority.  

      And if all of us were motivated at substantially higher levels because of societies rejection of our participations, we could have a net effectiveness far greater than our actual numbers through higher energies, and better coordination.

      Maybe we should start a website or something to orgianize these disparate individuals into a powerful political force.

      Given that all of these groups are highly sensitized to the detremental impacts, of being not tolerated or respected from the dominant social paradign, it's almost certain that we would know intuitively how powerful it would be if we put our petty differences asides and really cooperated, showing maximum respect for diversity, and civility for differnce of opinion.

      We could be unstoppable.  And after getting the US fixed up right, we could move on to global issues the rest of the world needs help with.  (Oh hey, maybe we should include enviromentalists, alternative energgy, and the sustainable development folks too.  They'll have all sorts of great ideas about how to convert our economies to energy-economic systems more harmonioulsy integrated with the evironmentment and other economies.

      How do we find some folks who know how to set up these websites that could let such diverse folks work together even though they are spread out all of the place?

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 01:31:27 PM PST

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