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  1. Bitter Scribe
    Bitter Scribe December 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm |

    Damn. Just damn.

    Of all the fucked up, utterly dysfunctional fiascos of American policy, immigration is the worst. We keep immigration quotas absurdly low out of a combination of sheer racism and the need to create an underclass of terrified workers who won’t complain about wages or working conditions.

    Now the system is finally breaking down, but do we create something humane and reasonable in its place? Fuck no. We give racists, and demagogues who pander to them, free rein to terrorize helpless people even further.

    Anne Galinsky, I never heard of you, but I salute you. And I intend to see your film ASAP.

  2. je
    je December 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm |

    Awesome. I watched that Atlanta sit-in on the streaming video. It was the most amazing act of bravery I’d witnessed in my lifetime. These kids were and are putting their lives on the line every day, and literally. Not just their lives, but their futures, and the hopes and dreams of their parents, to fight for justice and recognition of their plight. I don’t understand why more people aren’t talking about this outside of certain circles. (Well…) I’m just so thrilled to see some recognition of this movement, which honored and looked to the lessons and experiences of former civil rights movements. Over the past year and a half, I’ve learned more than ever about the difference between being an advocate and being an ally. These kids are doing it FOR THEMSELVES and the advocates are taking a back seat, learning what it means to be an ally. Excellent work; your film Papers was such an important part of the process. I agree that seeing your own story reflected back at you can be such a powerful motivator. I’m so glad that you all rose to the challenge to allow that story to be told and HEARD.

  3. Bitter Scribe
    Bitter Scribe December 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm |

    The one encouraging thing I see in this situation is the growing political power of Latinos and its implications for policy decisions on immigration. Politicians (some of them, anyway) may not give a shit about doing the right thing, but they sure as hell care about losing elections. That jackass Pete Wilson already put California solidly in the lap of the Democrats by supporting that astonishingly cruel and misguided attempt to keep children of illegal immigrants out of school. A few more states like that, and you might see a significant softening of Republican rhetoric about immigration.

  4. Marksman2010
    Marksman2010 December 31, 2011 at 6:56 pm |

    That trailer has a professional feel to it. The sound was great, the picture was clear, and it was obvious that someone who cared put this film together. Outstanding work.

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