Category: Immigration

It must be summer.

It must be summer.

Thoughts on disaster. I. It was the time of year when the cicadas ran their tymbals around the clock, giving the familiar shade of our live oak trees a more exotic feel. Something both sleepy and full of dramatic potential, like the opening scene of an independent film.  And that is how each day felt…

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For those who teach undocumented students, Julissa Arce has some advice.

For those who teach undocumented students, Julissa Arce has some advice.

Teachers in high-poverty schools know that students don’t leave their hunger, sleepiness, and anxiety at the door. We’re *almost* to the point as a nation where we can all agree on that. But for some students, not just those living in poverty, but many working class and middle class students, another quiet anxiety nags at…

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We the People (PART II): Ron, Alexandra, Lewis, Elliott, Becca, Rex, Lee, Kelly, Madisyn, and Bria

We the People (PART II): Ron, Alexandra, Lewis, Elliott, Becca, Rex, Lee, Kelly, Madisyn, and Bria

As we waited for the July 9 March For Our Lives “Road to Change” event to begin, I was chatting with Ron Smith, a local man who has found himself becoming more and more politically active—not just about guns, but about everything. While his attitude used to be more “live and let live,” he said,…

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

The 2017-18 school year has been the year of the high school student activist. Locally, before the shooting in Parkland, Fla. sparked gun control activity, San Antonio ISD drew protests when it added sexual orientation and gender identity to its non-discrimination policy. Students protested President Trump’s repeal of DACA. And then there was the renaming…

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Got anger about DACA? Mayra Juárez-Denis can tell you how to use it.

Got anger about DACA? Mayra Juárez-Denis can tell you how to use it.

You wouldn’t know it to look at her warm and open face, but Mayra Juárez-Denis is angry… and that’s a good thing. For her, anger is the right response to the possible end of DACA. “Every person in San Antonio knows a friend or neighbor who might be affected,”Juárez-Denis said, “That becomes personal.” While the…

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