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Undocumented Youth Staging Sit and Hunger Strike At The Obama Campaign Office in Denver to Demand Executive Order Has Triggered National Immigrant Youth Alliance to Take Actions Across The Nation
NIYA to Carry Out Actions of Civil Disobedience This Week at Obama Campaign Offices Nationwide
Denver- Campaign For an American DREAM has triggered The National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA) to activate its network to carry out acts of Civil Disobedience in Democratic campaign office across the country from now until the November elections. The Administration has thus far not responded to the demand of two undocumented youth whom have staged a sit in and hunger strike in the Obama for America offices in Denver on Broadway and 9th Avenue. The youth have been in the office since tuesday June 5th and are demanding an Executive Order to stop the deportations of undocumented youth eligible for the DREAM Act. Actions nationwide will begin this week after press conference at 5pm outside OFA 77 W. 9th Avenue.
“ We’ve been ignore in this state but we will be heard across the country, along with many undocumented youth, we will demand an action!” said Veronica Gomez, an undocumented student with Campaign for an American Dream (CAD), which is now on her seventh day without any eating. “The immigrant community nationally needs to know that we have a voice in this country, that we are not criminals, and we deserve a pathway to legalization.”
So far, Organizing for America has avoided discussing the executive order in their responses. Meanwhile, we are being deported. Last week, the American Immigration Lawyers Association released a statement declaring the policy of prosecutorial discretion a “failure”. We have always been skeptical of the policy, and are now demanding something better.
“If they want the Latino vote in Colorado, they must show the community what they are doing for us. We are asking them to stop the deportation of all DREAM eligible youth!” said Javier Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant living in Colorado and CO-founder of Colorado, Organize, Resist, Escalate (COORE).
Hugo Zarate, a young man from Denver who wants to enlist in the armed forces has been denied a request for deferred action, even thought he came here at a young age, is DREAM Act-eligible and does not have a criminal record. Only the strength of an executive order will prevent deportations like his from moving forward.
We will not accept gridlock as an excuse for our deportations when the President can stop them with an executive order. We simply cannot be asked to support a President while we are being deported and our families live in fear.
CAD’s mission is to walk across the nation from San Francisco to D.C creating dialogue around the passage of the DREAM Act and fixing our broken immigration system, with the values of equality, unity and diversity. CAD believe’s all people are equal, all those who are oppressed should be united, and our daily lives and the Campaign itself highlight diversify.
“More Like the Five-Year Movie”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
The Five-Year Engagement was made by the same people who made the 2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and so it must be good, right?
Well, yes and no. Yes, it is good in some places, and no, it is not good in other places, mainly the scenes that go on for too long and the scenes that should have been cut in the first place.
Jason Segal and Emily Blunt star as Tom and Violet. They met a year ago at a New Year’s Eve party, which we keep seeing in flashbacks at various times throughout the movie.
They get engaged, and during a meeting with Tom’s relatives to plan the engagement party, one of the men comments that the men will all be wearing yarmulkes, of course. Violet says to Tom that he doesn’t have a yarmulke, and he replies that he does and, “It’s in my Jewish drawer.”
The story begins in San Francisco, and you can guess from the title that the engagement isn’t going to go smoothly, right?
Correct. Violet is working on her doctorate in psychology, and she gets accepted to a position at the University of Michigan, which will take two years to complete.
However, because Tom is a chef in a restaurant, he says that he can always find a job anywhere, and so they decide that Tom will move to Michigan with Violet, and they will postpone the wedding for two years.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, couldn’t they get married in San Francisco before moving to Michigan, or couldn’t they even get married in Michigan?
But if they did that, then the filmmakers would have to change the title of the movie, wouldn’t they?
Well, you can guess from the title that the two-year plan isn’t going to go smoothly, either, right? Violet’s work at the University of Michigan gets extended, and I don’t want to spoil anything, but at one point the situation gets so bad that it looks like there won’t be any wedding at all.
Now, you know how the DVD version of some movies contains deleted scenes? Maybe the DVD of this movie will thankfully be missing some scenes that should have been cut.
The Five-Year Engagement lives up to its reputation of being a comedy, but it is more like the five-year movie.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
Contagion is a terrific movie that will probably scare the pants off you and make you wash your hands more often.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, it stars a number of famous actors, some who have won Academy Awards and a few who will surprise you when they get sick and die.
Yes, the movie is about a virus that mutates, transfers from animals to humans, and then is spread around the world by casual contact, causing people to cough and then to die within days.
And it can happen all too easily today.
The movie tracks the progress of the spread starting from Day 2, which will be explained at the end of the movie, and when someone asks Gwyneth Paltrow’s character, “You okay?” when she starts coughing, and she answers, “Yeah, I’m just jet lagged,” you know that isn’t the reason and that she will infect more people, which will spread to more cities and more continents.
We watch the spread from day to day, see people who are affected as well as who are infected, and see how various organizations react and try to stop the spread and find a cure for the virus.
Matt Damon plays Gwyneth’s husband, and luckily he is immune from the virus.
Laurence Fishburne plays the doctor in charge of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jude Law plays an investigative blogger in San Francisco who realizes that there is a pandemic before the other media do and is very suspicious of what the government is doing or not doing.
Marion Cotillard plays a doctor for the World Health Organization who is sent to Hong Kong to try to find where and how it all started.
Kate Winslet plays a doctor working at the CDC who is sent to Minneapolis to investigate the sudden death of Gwyneth Paltrow’s character.
And Elliott Gould plays a scientist in San Francisco who breaks government protocol while trying to isolate the virus.
So, if you are germaphobic to begin with, you might want to wait to see this movie in the comfort, safety, and cleanliness of your own home, but do see it, because we all might need to use the information contained in it.
And stay to the end to see what happened on Day 1.
Contagion is deadly entertainment.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”