Dare to Dream: Immigrant students gather at Macalester

On March 1, Macalester’s Adelante! student group organized the Dare to Dream Committee and successfully put together the first Dare to Dream Conference for undocumented students. In partnership with Navigate MN, over 40 students and their families took part in the comprehensive event that included financial aid and MN Dream Act presentations, introduction to college life in a four-year institution, information for families and parents in Spanish, relevant mock-up classes, campus tours, and a student panel with undocu/DACAmented students from different institutions in the state of Minnesota. Continue Reading

Dia de Muertos: An inclusive celebration of life

Colorful decorated sugar skulls with the names of family members, friends, and even pop culture icons; papel picado, craft decorative paper, depicting traditional sceneries demonstrating different levels of skill; photographs of abuelitos, abuelitas, relatives, friends of all ages, children, or dearly beloved popular culture stars that have passed away; candles, veladoras, la Virgen de Guadalupe, images of saints, foods and flowers, many flowers. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | Organizers, immigrants explain October 5 march in Minneapolis

Hundreds are expected for the National March for Dignity and Respect in Minneapolis on Saturday, October 5. The City of Minneapolis permits are approved. It will start at noon from the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, and will finish at the Hennepin County Government Center with speakers from labor groups, faith organizations, immigrant communities and allies. The forecast predicts 60 percent chance of precipitation and organizers are asking attendees to plan accordingly. Organizers are excited and hopeful.FULL DISCLOSURE: Emilia Gonzalez Avalos is one of the organizers of the march.Emulating actions across the nation, the March for Dignity and Respect aims to continue the pressure on the House of Representatives to pass a comprehensive immigration reform. Continue Reading