Long Beach Goes Sanctuary

On October 3, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

On Sept. 19, chants from outside the overflowing Long Beach City Hall could be heard throughout the almost eight hours it took the city council to hear a motion that would help its undocumented community.

“What do we want?”

“Sanctuary!”

“When do we want it?

“Now!”

“Sí se puede!”

“Let us in!”

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Los Rostros de DACA

On September 15, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

Dreamers Face the Death of DACA

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Diana Hernandez was only 2 years old when her mother brought her to America.

Her single mother was encouraged by her two other siblings to come to the land of opportunities and provide a better life for her children.

“I don’t remember anything from when I was 2 years old,” Hernandez, 19, remarks. “I knew we were very poor, but I didn’t know I was undocumented.”

Hernandez always wanted to be a doctor, but her dreams were stymied when conversations about college began to surface.

“[My mother said,] ‘I am here to help you and support you, but first, I don’t know if we can afford it and second of all we don’t have papers, no tenemos papeles,’” Hernandez, who grew up in San Pedro, said. “I was bummed out many times. ‘What if all my hard work doesn’t pay off?”

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