The California Cal State Northridge journalism department, in collaboration with CSUN Latino Journalists and El Nuevo Sol present a panel “Dreamers: A Generation’s Struggle for Their Own American Dream” at 9 a.m. on Oct. 30 in the Flintridge Room of the CSUN University Student Union (second floor), at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge.
Panel participants include: Alma de Jesús Ramírez of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance; Jorge Resendez of Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project; Maria Ponce of Los Otros Dreamers, Mexico; Luis Rivera of DreamActivist California; Jose Rosas of Dreams to Be Heard, CSUN; and Eileen Truax, author of “Dreamers: The Fight of a Generation for Its American Dream.” The panel will be moderated by Jacqueline García, co-founder of Dreams to Be Heard.
The club will be live-tweeting (@CSUNLJ) and live-streaming the event (www.ustream.tv/user/OnlineENS). Facebook and Twitter hashtags for the panel are: #Dream30, #BringThemHome, #UndocuQueer, #QUIP, #Dream9.
About some of the panelists
(Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project)
Jorge is a queer undocumented immigrant. Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, Jorge came to California at the age of 4 and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. After two decades, Jorge is still undocumented. He joined the undocumented youth movement between 2009 and 2011 and went through a period of empowerment. It was during this time that he declared myself undocumented, unafraid, and queer and unashamed.
Today, Jorge continues to work with the immigrant community.
María Ponce grew up in Astoria, Queens, and returned to Mexico after graduating from college in the Bronx. She arrived in the United States at the age of 9 and returned to Mexico with her father and two younger sisters at 23.
She currently works as a successful software reseller.
Luis Enrique Rivera Lopez is 17 and has lived in Los Angeles for 15 years. He is a Dreamer who is ready to come back home to his parents and the rest of his family in Los Angeles. For almost two years Luis has been living in Sinaloa, Mexico because he wanted to meet his grandparents and be with his ill grandfather. The organized crime, drug cartel violence, and kidnappings are some of the reasons Luis fears for his life.
(Author of “Dreamers: The Fight of a Generation for Its American Dream“)
Eileen Traux is a Chilanga journalist and freelance writer. Traux writes for several Spanish-language publications, including Hoy Los Ángeles, Proceso, Gatopardo, Obras, and Enfoque. Her column “Si Muero Lejos de Ti” appears in Huffington Post Voces.
Traux is also a co-founder and producer at Malaespina Producciones.
She lives in Los Angeles.
Jacqueline García earned her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from CSUN in 2010. She is the co-founder of D2BH. While at CSUN she was editor-in-chief of the Spanish newspaper El Nuevo Sol. In school as an activist, and currently as a reporter, she brings the issue to light to make people aware of the importance of legalizing all Dreamers. Her most recent work was about the trajectory of the Dream9.