Educate Yourself: on DACA and the DREAM act

In my younger days I *tried* to help efforts to pass initiatives that would benefit undocumented immigrants and people of color. In my time I learned that the best efforts to organize the undocumented community came from directly affected people themselves. However, many non-profits and well-meaning activists who are paid for their work tend not to be undocumented or directly affected by the issues at hand.

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Unsolicited advice: stuff you should think about if you want to work in the non-profit sector

Today is #GivingTuesday and it brought back both positive and negative memories of my stint in the non-profit industry. I’ve known many in the non-profit sector since college. Some friends who worked in non-profits are still successful and even moved up the career ladder through this work. Others totally burned out (me!), and others are still vying to get into this sector as a career. There plenty of advice columns about this, but since there are few women of color who write about stuff, here are my two cents.

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It’s expensive to be a geek

Now that I’m older and can afford a few things here and there, I indulge in Netflix, where I can catch up on nerdy shows, and I was once gifted an entrance to Comic-Con in Buenos Aires.

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Jobs from hell: that time I tried to be a child actor

I was a total geek during most of my school years. Even though I tried to hide it, I really tried to do my best in school even when I was doodling or didn’t understand what the teacher’s said. I was a horrible math student and I’ve tried to get better at doing basic math in my head as an adult. Because I always liked music, I chose to be in band class in the 6th grade. I wanted to play the saxophone and was assigned the flute.

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Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile, and Mendoza Argentina: How to Exceed Your Own Expectations

Last year, a friend of mine in Buenos Aires had about US$100 in Chilean pesos she couldn’t use. Knowing that I wanted to get to Chile someday, I bought them from her. I bought a ticket to Santiago, Chile earlier this year while in Mexico City (long story here). I left on 18th October with few plans and almost no expectations. A friend of mine that I met at the School of Authentic Journalism offered to host me while in Santiago and was kind enough to make me feel like home.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is actually a Latino…. or so I used to think

Growing up with a very religious single mom I wasn’t allowed to see a lot of things on TV. We didn’t have cable, so already there were very little questionable TV shows in the early 90s, and since there was only one TV in our small illegally* converted garage apartment the only thing that would be on after 6, 7, or 8 pm when my mom got home from work was Univision or Telemundo. My mother always paid attention to the news, as any undocumented immigrant would. Univision was our fucking lawyer when I grew up and I was an eight or nine year old kid who knew the cops were after me because I’m brown.

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My no-fail guide to surviving sexual harassment anytime, anywhere [satire]

I’m a lucky woman to have lived in ‘Murica, Mexico, and Argentina. I plan to travel the entire world somehow despite the fact that my bank account is telling me dreams are far too expensive. Here’s what I’ve learned about avoiding sexual harassment in the public and private sphere of my life (so, everything…). Do these things, and you’ll see how sexual harassment will go from a constant anxiety-inducing threat to a former constant anxiety-inducing threat.

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Everything about film is tough for women of color

Ever since I was a teenager I wanted to be a film director, but I had no idea how to even begin. I grew up in Huntington Park, CA and film and acting careers aren’t something we were told we could aspire to. My school had a drama club, and I had a lot of friends that were into movies, but in the early 2000s we didn’t have the tools we have today (cheaper cameras with decent resolution, cheaper editing software, and social media to self-distribute).

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