Queer AAPI Writer, Associate and Researcher

Prerna Lal Prerna Lal created a historic national network of undocumented youth to organize for the DREAM Act and fight against deportations. A social media strategist, her pioneering use of online communications to stop deportations has become standard among organizations across the country. She is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, and is currently working on her next entrepreneurial venture, while advising on movement strategy and tactics.

22 April 2014 ~ 1 Comment

The Lies Behind Deportation Statistics

Democrat apologists are coming out of the woodwork to defend the Obama Administration’s deportation record. After all, once you deport 2 million people, expand immigration enforcement, and preside over the largest immigration detention complex in the world, there is nothing stopping even the conservative National Council of La Raza from calling you ‘Deporter-in-Chief.’ The esteemed […]

22 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

“That Awkward Moment When You Run Away from Your Home Country Due to Discrimination For Being Queer, To Be Locked Up in the Land of the Free…”

Full text: “That awkward moment when you run away from your home country due to discrimination for being queer…Only to be locked up in the land of the free with a lot of machista, and sexist, homophobic, transphobic ICE officers.” – Alejandro Aldana Yesterday, I received this bittersweet postcard from my dear friend, Alex Aldana, […]

21 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations to the White House

Growing pressure on the Administration from immigration activists has  led the President to announce yet another review of deportation policies with the aim to make them “more humane.” Following the announcement, there was a mad rush to get “administrative action” memos to the White House from various groups, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the National […]

20 April 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Keynote Speech at Hampshire College: “Crimmigration – We Are All Criminals”

For a primer background, see “But We Are Criminals: Countering the Anti-Racial Justice Framework of Immigration Reform” I received a call from my friend Farzana yesterday. Farzana has been in the country since she was 5 years old. She is 35 now. She’s from Pakistan but she has basically lived here for most of her […]

10 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Cutest Immigration Video You’ll Ever See

Yes, that’s an Upworthy-style title. You got me. But this is seriously worth 15 seconds of your time. Post by (DRM) Dream Action Coalition. Immigrant families from across the country are gathered at the White House right now, hunger-striking and demanding the President to stop deporting their loved ones. He sent ICE to their doorsteps, […]

07 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

What To Do When “Fans” Cross The Line?

I’ve had a few “fans” — right-wing extremists and some immigration reform advocates — target my home in California. Last week, someone by the name of “Mauricio Carvallan” posted some of my home addresses online hurling false accusations of “document fraud” and “harboring illegal aliens” along with anti-gay, and anti-Muslim signs. Then, on Saturday night, […]

21 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

While President Obama Takes 90 Days To “Review” Deportations, Here Are Some Deportations To Stop

While the President sits with his hands tied behind his back even as he deports people in record numbers, and Congress remains as ineffective as ever, here are some cases of deportations that need your immediate attention: Ana Cañenguez & her four sons face deportation to El Salvador, where they fear for their lives. Alfredo Reyes, an […]

18 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

#Not1More Blue Ribbon Commission to the White House

There has been big movement on the Not 1 More Deportation campaign front in the past few weeks. Key politicians have called on the White House to curtail deportations. The New York Times writes that President Obama is feeling the heat for his 2 million deportations. Janet Murgia jumped into the fray last week by calling the President […]

17 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Asian Americans and Affirmative Action

Affirmative action is now the latest wedge issue in California to keep ethnic minorities from seeing our common interests. In California, a bill to revive affirmative action is dead. Mainstream media reports convey that opposition from insurgent Asian Americans groups killed the measure at the last minute. If this is true, then there is much work to be […]

11 March 2014 ~ 3 Comments

2014 Windcall Residency for Transformative Organizing

I’ve received great news – I’ve been awarded a 2014 Windcall Residency in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state to pursue resilient, healing and transformative organizing! As you may know, the Windcall Residency Program is a nationally recognized and pioneering leadership renewal program. It is one of the most powerful programs that many of its […]