August 15th, 2011
Today marks the first day of a week of actions and events across the country in protest of the Secure Communities deportation program/policy.
One of the first events will be taking place in Los Angeles, the site of the only “Community Task Force” meeting on the West Coast.
Immigrants and families impacted and affected by “Secure Communities”, Father Richard Estrada, Rabbi Adam Greenwalkd (IKAR), CHIRLA, NDLON, DREAM Teams, California DREAM Network, ACLU, NILC, Pueblo (Santa Barbara), Center for Community Change, CIPC, CARECEN Los Angeles, will hold a press conference at 11 am (pst), in front of the Virgen of Guadalupe mural on the north side of Our Lady of Angels Church (La Placita), 535 N. Main St., to tell about the actual impact of Secure Communities.
Stay tuned for more updates and announcements.
Image Via / NDLON
August 15th, 2011
What did you eat this weekend? Onions, tomatoes, strawberries, watermelons, blueberries, cucumbers, or apples? If you said yes to any of the above it is possible that your food passed through the hands of one of the three teenagers featured in the documentary la Cosecha/The Harvest.
The Harvest/La Cosecha – Theatrical Trailer from Shine Global on Vimeo.
The film follows the lives of Zulema, Victor, y Perla as they follow their families as three of the 400,000 who pick the food that passes over our tables. The teens, are described as American children – as in from the United States, but one shouldn’t gloss over the fact that they are Latin American children as well. The children of immigrants or immigrants themselves. They speak the languages of Latinos – our languages : Spanish, English, and Spanglish.
“My dad no esta” – says 14 year old Zulema.
“Vamos al field,” says 16 year old Victor.
And they In the words of 14 year old Perla:
Because you are brown they think you’re from Mexico. They think your stupid, poor, a migrant. I was born here. Where am I supposed to go?