In your town, this very day

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Posted on March 14, 2010 by juan | Post a comment

Currently, in a city in the United States of America:


… a girl looks out at the world with the unconditional love of innocence –wondering when and if she will ever get to see her older sisters again;


… a father is clutching his son in his arms to shield him from the evening chill of a desert on the fringes a tiny border town –incubating an embodiment of the future that he always wished he could have provided for himself, and that will likely exceed his wildest expectations;


… a son is gripping his arms around his own waist wishing he could make a knot that could suffocate the internal pain of starvation at the end of a perilous journey to the promise of an opportunity he knows he may or may not ever reach;


… a future is being snuffed away from the fingertips of a high school graduate who got to see many sunrises studying for this very moment where his greatest aspirations are literally no more than a nine digit number away;


… there is a moment when a man in his twenties or thirties is venturing forth from his residence to seek employment, unsure if he will find any, be paid for his labor, or will even make it back home in the evening;


… a worker stares at the scars and bruises on her palms and forearms –the blisters, scrapes and gashes- knowing that if she so much as raises a gasp regarding her deteriorating health to her employer, she could very easily be scolded, fired, replaced by a man, or even handed over to officials who would charge her with the crime of trying to keep herself alive;


… a life counts away the seconds of its existence, wondering if a finely sharpened blade is a better or simpler answer to immobility when one can barely be acknowledged as a human being;


… a being presses its warm lips to the cheek of its mother, yearning to capture the love encompassed within the totality of that very moment lest a loud knocking sound at the door THIS night, taking it away from the beautiful woman that nurtured and blessed it with the opportunity of LIFE.


This year ALONE in America, 65,000 new students wonder if they will ever be able to sit in a lecture hall of a university or college, or if this country will continue to shut its doors on them only because they are missing a sheet of paper or a rectangular piece of plastic that somehow legitimizes their existence (when they never even had the volition to try to access it).


Currently, in the hearts and minds of millions of people in the United States of America, BEINGS are asking themselves if this country will continue to turn its eyes from the hundreds of thousands of innocent people who keep disappearing in our neighborhoods, and if our President and Congress will take the slightest initiative to preserve the fundamental values and principles that make the DREAM of liberty a possibility at all…


Only you can decide what you’ll do about it. When you’re ready...



Text “TRAIL” to 30644

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Posted by: Katie Starr on March 15, 2010, 6:22 p.m.

I just left your seminar about 10 minutes ago at the University of South Carolina and I am SO incredibly inspired to help and become active. I've been so blinded and I am so fortunate to have people like you lighten my views and make me aware of the oppressions you are facing. Your stories were intense and your smiles were real. I can not wait to call my Congressman and ask him how he can morally oppose these issues. Thank you so much. Please tell everyone else how appreciated they are and I am going to do everything I can to help. Gracias, Katie

Posted by: frankie Jaimes on March 17, 2010, 3:17 p.m.

I have so much respect for the 4 young, brave souls. I love you for your couage. God bless you all!

Posted by: Paul Steffen on March 18, 2010, 3:56 p.m.

Racism still runs deep in the psyche of the American heart. My heart goes out to these kids and to all whom they represent. They are risking heart, soul and mind; they are risking lift for a chance at life. It's ironic humor but it's worthy of a few moments of thought... The monkey's perspective; 'man descended the ornery cuss, but brother he didn't descend from us!'

Posted by: Deborah Romero de Austin on March 21, 2010, 2:42 p.m.

Where are you at today. Sunday march 21st? I am in Durham NC.