Former Illegal Immigrants Voted for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Sue Salinger found this video of an Obama-supporting family in California. They're talking about their votes on a moonlit night just after casting their ballots. Erick, a 30-year-old who likes Sade and Pablo Neruda, first films his giddy mom and slightly embarrassed teenaged brother (a first-time voter). Then he turns ...

Felon Disenfranchisement

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Despite the general excitement about high voter turnout rates in this election -- even among youth -- it's good to remember that over five million Americans (as of 2004) can't vote even if they want to. Because they're convicted felons. Depending on what state they live in, they may be ...

Immigration: Minutemen v. Kindergarteners

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 17th, 2008

In California, immigration was a top concern for Republican primary voters. It's a top concern, too, for 30-year-old Naui, who documents the state's border issues tirelessly. He appears to consider himself part of the Mexica movement, which aims to reclaim North and Central America for indigenous people. In this clip ...

Miles Apart on Immigration

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 17th, 2008

On the Texas-Mexico border [Broken Piggy Bank / Flickr] Nationally, immigration takes a backseat to a bunch of other issues in this election, but in border states that may not be the case. Here are two bloggers with Texas roots who feel passionately about it. Their perspectives couldn't be much farther ...

Democrats and Hispanic Voters

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 6th, 2008

Sixty-four-year-old AHispanicVoter may be a bit hyperbolic with his numbers. He also seems to like Clinton but be angry at all "Democrats"; presumably he means every Dem but Clinton? He also meanders somewhat. Quibbles aside, his basic point is an important one. He feels the Democrats are taking Hispanic voters ...

Arizona Border Mural

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Cobalt123 photographed this mural near the corner of 16th Street and Thomas in Phoenix, Arizona -- John McCain's home city (hat tip to Sarolta Cump): [cobalt123 / Flickr] Cobalt isn't exactly sure what it means, but here's her interpretation, based on the way she sees immigration issues playing out in her community: About ...

Anti-Hispanic Racism in Virginia

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

This probutcool video was made by indy filmmakers who are documenting immigration issues in Northern Virginia. They're putting shorts up on their YouTube channel as they go, and they'll draw on the collection of footage to create a feature-length film. This clip (found by Sue Salinger) documents some anti-Hispanic racism ...

Dallas Students Evaluate Democrats

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Via co-curator Ann Raber, a largely conservative student perspective -- from the University of Dallas and the University of Texas at Dallas -- on the Democratic candiates: Sirmontag, who made the video, grew up in Dayton, OH, and currently lives in Dallas. He is a man of many hobbies, from blacksmithing ...