I Don’t Get A Vote (Yet) – But You Do Virginians

Raunel Urquiza

November 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm

Elections have consequences – for voters and non-voters alike. I learned that lesson when I was 16 years old . It was December 2010. Christmas was approaching, and I was in high spirits because I had saved enough money to get my mom a nice picture frame – the classic gift a young high schooler […]

Lies and Fear Mongering: The Theme of John Adams’ Campaign

Raunel Urquiza

November 5, 2017 at 11:09 am

Virginians have a crucial choice to make on Tuesday. Not just for governor, but for Attorney General. And in the race between the current Democratic Attorney General, Mark Herring, or his race-baiting opponent John Adams, my money is on Herring. A few weeks ago, John Adams, the Republican candidate for Virginia’s next attorney general, was […]

As another Election Day approaches — a crucial one for Virginia — I can’t help but think back to November 8, 2016.

Jamilah Sabur

October 27, 2017 at 12:26 pm

I was waiting in line to vote with my daughter, Jessica, who is now 12-years-old. I asked her how she felt about this historic day. Her reply has been imprinted in my memory ever since: “Someday, I’m going to vote for Manuel’s mom and everyone like them so they can stay in this country. I […]

The Fear of Injustice

Jamilah Sabur

October 11, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Everyone has a story to tell. Some of us will survive to tell you, some of us will not. Some of us will become inspirational stories of survival, some will end in tragedy. Recently I was thinking about two stories, with a similar beginning and different endings. They are stories like those that happen to […]

I Was Undocumented But Now I’m A First-time Latino Voter

Thomas Kennedy

November 1, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Originally published on The Huffington Post.  This summer, I became an American citizen. After living in this country as an undocumented immigrant for a decade, this moment represented the end of an arduous but significant chapter that has lasted for much of my life. My parents came to this country in 2001 during an economic […]

‘A ‘Nasty Woman,’ ‘The African American,’ and ‘A Bad Hombre’ Weigh in on the Final Presidential Debate

Community Change Action

October 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Originally published on The Huffington Post.  Photo credit: screen grab of final presidential debate on Oct. 19, 2016. Photo credit: Bill B. via Flickr Creative Commons ‘Nasty woman’ is my generation’s new clarion cry By Angela Pupino There is a new clarion call for women across America: “Nasty woman.” When Donald Trump referred to Hillary […]

Donald Trump’s Cuban-American Problem

Thomas Kennedy

October 4, 2016 at 11:13 am

Photo credit: Jonathan DeCamps Originally published on The Huffington Post. Weeks before the presidential election, Donald Trump’s bid for the White House could be unraveling before our eyes. Revelation upon revelation continue to show Trump as a sketchy candidate whose candidacy we as Americans must question. Florida, as always, is one of the key states […]

Florida’s Immigrant Students Deserve Better Than Leaders Who Support Bigots

Thomas Kennedy

August 11, 2016 at 11:20 am

Photo credits to Evan Guest. Originally published on the Huffington Post.  I remember the frustration I felt in the summer of 2009 as I applied to college. As an undocumented student, fresh out of high school, the nature of my status prevented me from being accepted to most higher education institutions. In that vulnerable moment […]

Obama Offers Hope at DNC But His Immigration Legacy is Mixed

Thomas Kennedy

July 28, 2016 at 11:01 am

Photo Credits to Michael Sauers.  Originally published on the Huffington Post.  I remember watching then Senator Barack Obama speak at a campaign rally during a hot and sunny afternoon in 2007. At the time, I was an undocumented student fresh out of high school and uncertain as to where I would be accepted to college […]

DNC Shows Love And Hope Always Trump Hate

Thomas Kennedy

July 26, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Photo caption: Karla Ortiz with her mom Francisca. Photo credit: Astrid Silva Originally published on the Huffington Post.  Standing on the floor of the Democratic National Convention was surreal. I am a formerly undocumented immigrant whose parents remain undocumented. And yet here, I was on the floor of a national political convention as it kicked […]

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