Undocumented Value

Every day I ask myself, why me? What makes me special? Why would anyone care about my story? How exactly am I like Jose Vargas, Julissa Arce, and the many other immigration writers I admire and aim to emulate? Before having books published, Jose Vargas found success as a journalist, and Julissa Arce reached success … More Undocumented Value

Black Lives Matter in Brazil, Too. #VidasNegrasImportam

(image courtesy of Shutterstock) I don’t think there has been a louder anti-racism revolt since the Civil Rights Movement. The Black Lives Matter revolution that we are witnessing right now is opening the eyes of America– including white Americans — to the violent systemic racism that exists in the United States. It is inspiring protests … More Black Lives Matter in Brazil, Too. #VidasNegrasImportam

Humanizing Immigrants and Refugees – A Conversation With Emily Mata

A year ago on February 9th, 2019, I took a road trip to Santa Barbara to see an art show put together by Emily Mata, an art student at Westmont college. A photo I had shared with her was painted portraying the bond I share with an American citizen, despite our different heritage and race. … More Humanizing Immigrants and Refugees – A Conversation With Emily Mata

I Know My Rights, But What Good Is It When The Police Can Violate Them?

  Every day in America the police continue to violate the rights of black and brown people. It’s quite disturbing how they can casually shoot and violate the rights of our community without any consequences. Day after day, more stories come out with obvious wrong-doings by the police but nothing is done and there is … More I Know My Rights, But What Good Is It When The Police Can Violate Them?