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Confronting Citizenship's Exclusions: Boricua and unDACAment

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Storrs Campus
PR/LACC Common Room, Student Union

Confronting Citizenship's Exclusions: Boricua and unDACAmented visions

DACA (aka, "DREAMers") refers to the program of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, established by executive order of President Barack Obama in 201?, which accorded provisional higher educational access and employment rights to undocumented immigrant students and military service members who had been brought to the US as children. Here at UCONN, DACA students and Puerto Rican students now more than ever discern a common thread in their justice struggles: both migrant rights and Puerto Rican de-colonization are anti-racist mobilizations. The focus of this event will be the life testimonies and analyses offered by a panel of UCONN DREAMer and boricua students. Both the Americans who are DREAMers and the Americans who are boricuas have historically been relegated to second-tier belonging years before being scapegoated by white supremacist and nativist opinion leaders in our present political morass. A faculty moderator(s) TBA will kick off the discussion with a brief introduction to the crises now unfolding as official Washington turns its back on both the undocumented youth who had been promised belonging in the US by DACA and the island Puerto Ricans agonizing through a recovery that would be inconceivably slow and neglectful of basic rights were it to have happened anywhere else in the US.

*Refreshments Provided

Contact:

together@uconn.edu

Together (primary), el Instituto, Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center, UConn Master Calendar

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