Entries by JoseTorres-Tama

Hard Living in the Big Easy: Latino Immigrants & the Recovery of Post-Katrina New Orleans

September 1, 2013 3:17 PM by Jose Torres-Tama

Jose Torres-TamaAt no other time since my arrival in 1968 have I been witness to such blatant defamation of immigrants as I am seeing today, and the passing of Arizona’s SB 1070 by the Republican Governor Brewer in 2010 has spawned other copycat anti-immigrant laws in states like Georgia (May 2011), Alabama (June 2011), and South Carolina (June 2011).

I call these states the New Confederacy of the South passing Juan Crow laws that redirect their previous vitriol and racial poison towards African Americans towards brown Latinos today.

Basically, people ...

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Because the Dream Knows More than You: Chronicles from a Bilingual Citizen of the Hemispheric Americas

August 30, 2013 11:48 AM by Jose Torres-Tama

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Dedicatoria al inmigrante/
Ode to the immigrant

El emigrante cruza por varias razones, por necesidad económica,
The immigrant crosses for various reasons, for economical necessity, 
por el sueño de otra vida mejor, por evitar percusión política,
for the dream of a better life, to avoid political persecution,
por libertad social y religiosa, porque el acto de cruzar es un poema físico
for social and religious freedoms, because the act of crossing is a physical poem,
y un grito rebelde y un ejercicio mítico porque a veces hay que cruzar simplemente ...

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