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Issues – Youth Speak Out

A call for a Dreamers Club

Ada Marys |  Issue: September | October 2018

The club will provide resources for undocumented students such as scholarship opportunities, information regarding DACA renewal, and political updates.

Students march to stop public education funding cuts in Puerto Rico

Alex Cohen |  Issue: June | July 2018

LOUIS, MO – Today I marched with students from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) to a place where the federal fiscal control board signed off on plans to cut funding for public education, and close campuses and schools across the island. Once the march reached the convention hall two rows of police formed behind […]

Dreamer: I discovered my passion for politics and community organizing

Ada Marys |  Issue: April | May 2018

CHICAGO – When DACA was implemented, I was finally able to share with the world who I truly was. I grew encouraged to not only tell my story but also to get involved and help other Dreamers like me. I joined the DREAMers Club at my high school and eventually became president. It was through […]

‘We are here, and we are not giving up.‘

Luz, Chicago |  Issue: April | May 2018

  CHICAGO – The United States government had six months since September 5, 2017 to come up with a permanent solution for the Dreamers. During these six months, 22,000 DACA recipients lost their protection. While some anxiously wonder if they should put their plans on hold and return to constantly looking over their shoulders, others […]

Parkland, Florida: Dreamers march in solidarity with survivors of mass shooting

Sheridan Aguirre and Bruna Bouhid, United We Dream |  Issue: April | May 2018

  On March 24, immigrant youth will march in solidarity with the courageous survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and with students across the country who are calling on Congress to protect the lives of young people and communities by enacting stricter gun control laws.     Camila Duarte, high […]

The youth are showing us the way

from the Editors |  Issue: April | May 2018

  TRAVESTY OF YET ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING The travesty of yet another mass shooting, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has riveted the attention of the nation, not just by the extent of the carnage – 17 lives lost – but also by the unexpected and unstoppable response of that […]

La Promesa de Libertad Liberty’s Promise

Juan-Carlos Pérez – Interdisciplinary Visual Artist |  Issue: February | March 2018

  CHICAGO – For the past 15 years, I’ve been working with disenfranchised communities that lacked the resources to bring the arts into their school environment. When I come in to work with schools, no project is ever the same. For example, with “La Promesa de Libertad/Liberty’s Promise”, the majority of the student population happened […]

A new chapter in the Dreamers movement

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

When President Trump rescinded DACA, a new chapter of the Dreamers movement began. The Dreamers are using what they’ve learned. They will use their presence in every corner of the country to mobilize. When the Dreamers say, “We are here to stay,” they don’t just mean this literally. They also mean that their voices will […]

Dreamers protest system creating criminals

Steve Teixeira |  Issue: February | March 2018

LA’s Immigrant Youth Coalition is fighting for ‘our right to be human’     Dragging chains and bed frames into the street, young activists blocked an intersection in front of LA’s Federal Building on Wilshire Blvd. on October 5. According to the LA Daily News, the protesters said they were “fighting for our right to […]

A Dreamer breaks her Silence

Luz Cortés |  Issue: February | March 2018

It takes one person to be brave for others to take a stand Everyone has a shadow – even when it is dark, it’s still there. But what happens when instead of letting your shadow follow you, you become your own shadow? That’s what being undocumented in the United States is like. It’s easier to […]

What is on the people’s agenda?

Arielle Maldonado |  Issue: November | December 2017

   (This is an excerpt from a blog post by Arielle Maldonado, leader and founder of the Healing Corner in the Humboldt Park and West Side neighborhoods of Chicago) As a community, we need to focus our energy on the legislative damage being perpetrated against us stemming from the whims of politicians and their governmental […]

A country living in fear

Gloria Meneses-Sandoval |  Issue: November | December 2017

  SAN FRANCISCO – On September 18, the House Minority Leader, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, was not allowed to speak at a news conference when protesting DREAMers drowned her out with demands to protect all 11 million undocumented immigrants, not just the 800,000 DREAMers under DACA. The DREAMers were concerned about a deal that was struck […]

Lisbeth Mateo: A Dreamer is sworn in as an attorney

Maríaelena Martínez |  Issue: September | October 2017

  Lisbeth Mateo a dreamer was recently sworn in as an attorney buy California State Senate President, Kevin de Leon. Lisbeth is one of a handful of undocumented attorneys. As a young student at Santa Monica College in 2002 she remembers walking around campus thinking she must be the only one without papers. The CA […]

When will a humane decision be made?

Gloria M. Sandoval |  Issue: September | October 2017

Immigrants are not footballs!     On July 20, two U.S. senators, a Republican and a Democrat, introduced the DREAM Act of 2017 which would create a pathway to citizenship for thousands of immigrants brought to the United States as young children. There have been many bipartisan attempts at passing the DREAM Act. Not to […]

We Need to Sharpen Our Analysis

Gonzalo, G1 of Rebel Diaz |  Issue: September | October 2016

CHICAGO, IL — The state killed Malcolm X when his OAAU group began building beyond the black community… Martin was killed after he started talking anti-capitalism building with the white anti-war movement and the Chicano farmworkers struggle…Chairman Fred Hampton was assassinated as his Rainbow Coalition was beginning to make multiracial solidarity in Chicago a reality… […]

“The status quo doesn’t work”

People’s Tribune / Tribuno del Pueblo |  Issue: September | October 2016

The Peoples Tribune interviewed Eddie Cisneros, President of Students for Bernie at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. Eddie was elected to be a Sanders delegate and attended the Democratic National Convention in July. Peoples Tribune: Why did you start Students for Bernie? Eddie Cisneros: The first time I heard Bernie speak, I said to […]

Smell of Sewage Radiates Out to Texas Communities

Andrea |  Issue: July | August 2016

  ALAMO, TX — Hi, my name is Andrea. I’m 16 years old and I live in a community called South Tower Estates. In this community, we have a serious problem. This problem is a bad smell. I never really knew where it came from or what caused it until this past summer. Through our […]

Case of Nico Gaete: How Social Media Policing is Criminalizing and Framing Our Youth

Rodrigo Starz of Rebel Diaz |  Issue: July | August 2016

  CHICAGO, IL — On the weekend of June 10, Nico, the son of my cousin, Carolina Gaete, was kidnapped by Chicago Police and is being held on $750,000 bond on trumped up and false charges. He’s charged with shooting another young man three times over some weed. I’ve known Nico his whole life, and […]

The Birth of an Activist

Eban Morales |  Issue: February | March 2016

  HIGHLAND PARK, MI — It is not a choice made, this birth.  It is the direct result of the implantation of injustices, fertilized by greed and unconcern, that impregnates certain individuals in life when injustices fall on their door step, and a realization that existence and humanity as a whole are under attack, and […]

The Revival in Philly (US Social Forum)

Alex Suarez |  Issue: August | September 2015

  TAMPA, FL —Meeting with Immortal Technique, and Rebel Diaz, may have been the highlight of a trip I took from Florida to Philadelphia to be at this summer’s US Social Forum;  after however my encounter with them was brief. When you meet them, you see they are activists just like you. I met many […]

My political coming out

Gloria Meneses-Sandoval |  Issue: April | May 2015

I participated in the student walk-outs in East Los Angeles in 1968 as a second year UCLA student.  I was an inexperienced nineteen year old that had lived through a system without role models, with teachers who weren’t from the local community, and who were not Latino/Mexican descent nor Spanish-speaking.  I was the first of […]

“It’s not just police brutality. There’s a system around it,” says young activist.

Laura Garcia |  Issue: March 2015

Laura Garcia of the Tribuno del Pueblo interviewed Mari Caldwell-Robinson at the Michael Brown protests in Ferguson, MO. Mari is part of North Carolina’s Black Workers for Justice and their youth organization, Hip Hop for Justice in Raleigh. Laura Garcia: Why are you in Ferguson? Mari Caldwell-Robinson: I was angry and had to come. I […]

Youth Going Back to Collective Action

from the Editors |  Issue: March 2015

Amongst the movements that emerged in the decades of the 1960s and 70s, youth participation had a fundamental role. Young people demonstrated against a capitalist society, its model of consumerism, its internal policy of discrimination and their attacks against other countries. This youth’s passion was successful in their attainment of civil rights through their struggle […]

My Dreams for the Next Generation

Nzingha Austin |  Issue: January | February 2014

Nzingha Austin (nzingha.aj@gmail.com), Master of Education student at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada The polar ice caps have begun to melt rapidly, and the levels of the ocean are rising.  In some areas, smog covers cities like a carpet and the people inhale toxic air.  I am sorry for my children and grandchildren […]

Human Rights: A Worldwide Problem

Martin Rivera |  Issue: January | February 2014

Martin Rivera (martin__rivera@hotmail.com), Undergraduate student at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Humanity has undergone many drastic changes throughout history.  However, it is important to emphasize that some degree of evolution has occurred, such as the implementation of regimes based on liberal democracy. New generations have adopted liberal democracy, a doctrine in which we […]

Creating a Culture of Life Long Learners

Jennifer Van Hove- Nagtegaal |  Issue: January | February 2014

Jennifer Van Hove- Nagtegaal, Open studies student at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada I find myself at an interesting stage in life; I have developed a wisdom that comes with passing nearly three decades on this earth, but at the same time I realize that I have so much yet to learn.  This […]

The Role of Young People Today

Iskra Abello |  Issue: January | February 2014

  Iskra Abello , Undergraduate student at the University of Concepción, 8th Region, Chile According to experts, one of the underlying traits of young people is their desire to change the world and their passionate ideas.   Those of us who have passed through young adulthood, or who are living it now, know that it is […]

‘Youth have to Create’

Etienne Tomasa |  Issue: January | February 2014

Etienne Tomasa (Etienne.Tomasena@ense3.grenoble-inp.fr) Exchange student at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Undergraduate student at Grenoble INP, France The world today is driven by a capitalist economy in which money and personal benefit are thought to be more important than the conditions of other human beings.  Thus, societies are increasingly individualistic. I have a […]

The Role of Young People Today

Editors |  Issue: January | February 2014

We thank the authors of the essays on these pages for joining the battle of ideas. Last year Professor Brandee Strickland requested that the Tribuno del Pueblo publish essays from these young people. The board agreed to, and asked that they comment on their aspirations for their generation. Below are excerpts from their essays. The […]