Honrando Nuestras Tradiciones


Por primera ves en 24 años, la conferencia nacional LGBT Creando Cambio tendrá su propio Instituto Latino este próximo Jueves, 24 de Enero en la ciudad de Atlanta. Uno de los temas mas importantes a discutir con organizadores nacionales dentro de nuestra comunidad Latina sin lugar a duda sera el tema de Inmigración y la importancia de la abogacia para eliminar pólizas que continúan  deshumanizando y criminalizando a nuestra comunidad actualmente en el país.

El sentimiento de poder conocer y extender mi familia Latina dedicada a trabajar por la comunidad LGBT es indescriptible y me siento honrado y privilegiado de conectar con gente a un nivel nacional.

La parte mas emotiva, personalmente, nace de la comunidad en la tierra del sur. Dos años atrás recuerdo el miedo y panico al viajar en mi propia barrio en el desierto de Coachella donde las camionetas de la migra suelen pasar a diario.

Liberando el miedo como inmigrante indocumentado, saliendo de las sombras  del temor y la vergüenza, en un hermoso empoderamiento personal dedicado a movilizar a mi comunidad que sigue siendo impactada; no erradica el dolor y dificultad de otros estados, se transmuta, y se forma parte de mi lucha. Los campos de durazno, ya desiertos sin campesinos que las trabajen, familias forzadas a relocar a otros estados… sin duda es algo surreal.

El ancia de saber que la comunidad en la cual abrirá las puertas a la conferencia es el estado de Gerogia, uno de los estados con sentimientos y leyes antiinmigrantes mas severos en el país en el cual familias han sido separadas, estudiantes indocumentados ya no tienes los derechos para recibir educción y servicios básicos. 

Es por eso que para nosotros en el instituto latino, es importante invitar a la comunidad de Atlanta a ser parte de estas conversaciones con algunos de los jovenes indocumentados mas valientes en el estado, que en realidad han dedicado su tiempo y esfuerzo a ayudar a muchas familias.

 Dulce Guerrero, junto con otros jovenes de identidad genero no-conformista indocumentados estarán representando a la comunidad Latina inmigrante junto con Alianza Nacional de Jóvenes Inmigrantes y el grupo de DreamActivist del estado de Georgia,conocidos por su resistencia y métodos radicales entre otros, en detener la deportacion de gente inocente, incluyendo a jóvenes elegibles para la Acta del Sueno y acción diferida y la separación de familias. Dichas cifras arrevazando ya mas de un millón de deportaciones bajo el gobierno del presidente Obama.

 

Jóvenes indocumentados de estado de Georgia dan la bien venida a la comunidad LGBT Latina e invitan a todos los participantes del instituto l a formar parte de un “Altar Comunitario” con ofrendas, bendiciones, posters y fotos que representen tu comunidad de origen o pais. 

Uniendo la fuerza espiritual en cada uno de nosotros, invitamos a la comunidad presente a ser parte  de una ceremonia de apertura en la cual bendeciremos nuestra energía y propósito en la conferencia con buenas intenciones, recordando nuestras raices y tradiciones Latinas que han trascendido fronteras por generaciones.

Humildemente es un honor para mi ser parte de este dialogo, ya que la igualdad en nuestra comunidad va mas allá del matrimonio del mismo sexo, murallas y frontera divicivas.Para mi es importante como latino romper el sentimiento normativo de la ignorancia y miedo creando conciencia en nuestra comunidad. Es importante reconocer que para crear cambio, uno debe que inspirar el poder que nosotros cargamos como canto indígena, el poder de la palabra que se cultiva con nuestra voz: en hablar por uno mismo y mostrarle a figures políticas que nosotros tenemos el poder para exigir dignidad equitativa. que unidos nosotros podemos decidir por un mejor futuro para nuestra comunidad Latina en este país.

El Altar estará presente con nosotros durante todo el instituto para recordarnos que a pesar de venir de tierras distantes, con diferentes perspectivas y costumbres, el poder del inmigrante continua rebasando la distancia  para congregar nos libremente. Justo como la historia, el rio y la tierra, lo han escrito en nuestra cultura por cientos de anos,sin olvidar las raíces que crecen cada vez mas profundas hacia un cielo libre, hacia un futuro prospero.

 

Recuerda ser parte del instituto, y si gustas contribuir con cualquier forma de expression artistica, no dudes en contactarnos.

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For the first time in 24 years, the National Conference on LGBT Equality Creating Change will be having its first Latino  Institute on Thursday, January 24th, 2013. The day-long institute’s most demanded topic by national organizers will be to discuss the next steps within the Latino LGBTQ community and Immigration and how we can best strategize efforts to bring justice and dignity to both of our communities.

I cannot help but to feel enthralled to meet amazing familia that is dedicated to serve the latino LGBTQ community at a national level and that have made it possible for me to be part of these conversations.

The real excitement however, comes from the community, from the land in the south.Two years ago I had the fear of traveling even within my own community. After Liberating that fear by coming out of the shadows about my legal status, I decided to deport such fear and make it into self-empowerment to mobilize power to the people.

The chills I get on realizing the community in which the conference will be taking place is Georgia, one of the worst  anti-immigrant states in the country ,in which many families had been separated, young undocumented students don’t have rights to go to school, and looking brown on the streets, adds another burden to your identity as a queer person.

That is why, our opening ceremony will be joined by some of the bravest radical DREAMers in Georgia that have made a difference to many families.

 

Dulce Guerrero, among 2 other queer undocumented youth will be representing the community of Georgia and the National Immigrant Youth AllianceDream Activist GA which has helped prevent many deportations and has fiercely empowered those who continue to resist HB 87 locally ,and the current separation of families that has reached millions of deportations with programs such as Secure Communities and 287g nation-wide”.

Georgia Dreamers will encourage anyone attending the Institute to helps us build a “Community Altar” with offerings, blessings, pictures, banners and other items that represent your State, Country or Territory. In short, The work that drives you to be part of creating change, the community you serve, present in a visual way.

Participants will be welcomed to simply join the opening ceremony to be part of the circle, which will be blessed with good intentions to follow up with an intense agenda full of energies. The Institute welcomes all types of religious backgrounds and beliefs.

I’m so humbled to be part of this dialogue with the Institute, because equality to me goes beyond false borders and hate in our communities, because It is important for us to speak for our selves and not allow political figures to decide for our future existence in this country.
The complexity of struggle in our queer communities of color goes beyond Marriage Equality, it is about dignity and respect as human beings.

The Altar will be present throughout the day to remind us that even though we might come from different places or have different opinion, migrations continues to open those borders for us to work together as freely as they did hundreds of years ago, continuing to preserve proudly our culture and our roots, so we can build together a better future.

If you would like more information on being part of the Latino Institute, contributing with Art Work or bringing offerings, send us an e-mail to: creatingchangelatino@gmail.com

Alejandro

Alex Aldana is queer undocumented immigrant rights activist that works as a national/community organizer with a vibrant and very raw/uncensored opinion in the myriad of intersectionalities that impact the Immigrant Youth Movement (DREAMers) and brings strategy and direct action to create a new dialogue & truly bring social justice and equality within the LGBTQ/Immigrant movement. Alex migrated from Guadalajara,Mexico to the United States when he was 16 in 2003 to the beautiful dunes of the Coachella Valley. Greaduated from La Quinta high School in 2005 and not having the stability most middle families have, and experiencing dometic violence in the household,he went on with life and decided to support his mother and sister to work in the farm fields picking grapes and embracing the soil and the culture of the farm worker, construction work, and other opportunities that would help them survive. Alex’s only higher education has been deep-rooted by and for the community: Impacted by the scarce resources in the Coachella valley, he decided to get involved as health advocate for Latino LGBTQ youth, doing HIV/AIDS prevention, education and treatment through social justice, advocacy and empowerment to immigrant communities impacted and oppressed in Southern California. Alex worked as an HIV Counselor, Case Manager and Queer mentor with Bienestar Human Services providing services to Latino LGBTQ youth in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino County since 2007. At a local, state and national level , he has contributed with conferences and rallies addressing LGBTQ issues in school districts (Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2008) , marriage equality (Prop 8 campaign), Immigrant rights (May Day March 2010 Queer youth contingent) and representing HIV services for undocumented immigrants at The United States Conference on AIDS in 2011.His devoted contribution at a local level in his community was to create the first lgbtq latino group in the Coachella Valley in 2011. Aldana’s liberation by “Coming out of the shadows” was followed by an action in San Bernardino, CA in 2012 along with the Immigrant Youth Coalition, Where he was arrested protesting against “secure communities/287g” outside of city hall to empower immigrant communities that live in fear because such laws. After coming out publicly with his immigration status he joined the Campaign for an American DREAM, a walking across the country from San Francisco to DC where 5 undocumented students empowered communitites & pushed to stop the massive deportations of DREAM act elegible youth and families President Obama executed and separated in his term. He also organized the hunger strike and occupation at the Obama for America office in Denver,CO on June of the same year, asking for an executive order which replicated across the country and put pressure to issue the Deffered Action for Childhood arrivals a week after the mobilization. Recent work in Albuquerque, NM included organizing the first national encuentro for The Association of Joteria,Arts,Activism and Scholarship (AJAAS) mobilizing undocumented queer youth from the border states of California, Arizona, and Texas. He will continue to address human rights violations and justice with the intersections of his work on HIV prevention, LGBTQ issues, Education, and Immigration along with radical activist groups that cannot and will no longer remain dormant in the shadows.

One thought on “Honrando Nuestras Tradiciones

  • January 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm
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    I applaud your work, it is vital that the LGBT community fully embrace the Latin@ community within. The statewide and national organizations have made progress in making the Latino community and our issues apart of the LGBT community discussions. Communities of diversity will only get stronger as they unite and work together. Great news, and please share news during and after about this Latino Institute at CC.

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