Netroots Nation 2011: Immigration reform through a queer lens

Netroots Nation Minneapolis: June 2011This video comes from a session during the LGBT pre-conference focused on immigration. We had the chance to hear from DREAM activists, some of the bravest, most innovative folks I know. These young people put their own safety on the line, coming out as undocumented to put a personal face to this issue. These activists need to be supported by organizers and leadership across movements, especially since law enforcement has been working to deport DREAMers, and so we can actually see the DREAM Act pass.

When you have some time, check out this video of Tania Unzueta, Reyna Wences, Juan Rodriguez and Felipe Matos talking about intersections between coming out as undocumented and queer. Thanks to Carlos A. Quiroz for the video.

(I apologize for the lack of transcript for this long video.)

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Development.

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