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Community

Undocumented America: What Lies Ahead

Posted  June 29, 2016  by  We'Ced

Unresponsive at first, the full impact of the decision settled in and I was devastated. I sat down and watched Univision — they were interviewing all of the disappointed parents and Dreamers. Seeing their heartbroken faces and frustrations hit me hard. It was another blow for immigration activists. One of many received over the years.

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Community

Embracing My Voting Power

Posted  June 29, 2016  by  We'Ced

I was never fond of politics or the government, because I was under the impression that my vote didn’t matter. My grandfather used to tell me conspiracy theories about how every election was rigged. I refused to be part of a corrupt system.

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Above: Alejandra Zamora describes her life as a LGBTQ activist and member of the Purepecha community in the eastern Coachella Valley. (Image: Paulina Rojas)
Identity

What It’s Like to Grow Up Queer and Purepecha

Posted  June 29, 2016  by  We'Ced

The Purepecha are an indigenous group from the Mexican state of Michoacan. Ardent Roman Catholics, they are known for their artwork, including ceramics and woodwork. There are about 2000 Purepecha living in the Coachella Valley, mostly in Duros and Chicanitas, two trailer camps on the Torres Martinez reservation. Many work in the surrounding fields and speak little to no Spanish or English.

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Family

Remembering the Silent Ones

Posted  June 24, 2016  by  We'Ced

I think the biggest challenge that I see for helping prevent domestic violence is how oblivious people could be to it. It’s hard to talk to my friends about it because I feel they don’t really understand the severity of this issue. They know about my aunt and how she died, so I think they understand my sensitivity to this issue, but they do not understand the long-lasting impact it has on the families of victims.

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Community

I’m Choosing to Vote for My People

Posted  June 22, 2016  by  Alyssa Castro

Those words held extreme significance for me on Election Day. They restored my ideals and filled my mind as I approached my polling place: “It is our duty to fight.”

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