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Día de los Muertos, 2013

*english below*

El primero sin ti.

Han pasado meses, los días van volando desde que te fuiste.  De un lado es posible, y a veces hasta fácil seguir sin sentir, sin reconocerlo.  Tu ausencia la siento de vez en cuando, como una brisa, tan suave que a veces ni siquiera me doy cuenta hasta que me pasa por la cara, el pelo.  Sin prisa, pero definitivo.  Me lleva la brisa a esa herida que nunca se cura, a un vacío.  Aun cuando no podemos seguir, el tiempo nos lleva cargando.

Y así llego a este cementerio y se que es hora, Viejo.

Con el rastrillo en la mano, a sacudir esta tierra enojona que al ser quebrantada cubre todo de nuevo.  El cemento de tu sepulcro esta seco, el diseño del mosaico ya hecho.  Todo para este Día de los Muertos.  Día de homenaje para los que ya no están, noche cuando la memoria baila con la realidad.   Read more

Winning Immigration Reform or Winning Elections?

Op-ed originally published on October 23, 2013 – Fox News Latino

Perhaps never before has there been such a broad coalition and well-formed consensus on the need for inclusion of those who are undocumented in our country. Years of struggle, sacrifice, and unprecedented organizing have built momentum to force immigration onto the national agenda and Congress’ docket. Yet, even though legalization is inevitable, the outcome of its legislation is still and uncertain.

As frustration builds with the delay in Congress, more eyes are being cast to the President to take action on the issue. But pressure on the executive branch to use its authority is not a shift away from legislation or, as some have critiqued, a ‘giving up’ on it. First and foremost it is an overdue alleviation of unnecessary suffering. Secondly, it’s exactly the tactic needed to propel any legislation forward.

To pit campaigns for legislative reform and administrative relief against one another is a false choice. Successful social movements throughout history have always been defined by multiple forces, pushing on multiple fronts. Read more