Juan's Story: Undocumented but Not Un-American

At what point did we as a nation decide to pick and choose who to grant opportunity? At the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) Summit this year, I was deeply moved by one story of an undocumented youth --- a story that shines a harsh light on our nation.

Juan came to this nation as an immigrant from Colombia, believing instead that his family was visiting Disney World. Now at 18, he is told that when he graduates, he will be deported, that he will no longer exist.

Juan dreams of becoming an aerospace engineer, to work at NASA. And, because of a broken immigration system, Juan's dream becomes more fantasy than reality.
How is this fair?

Have we become so removed from our values of love and compassion that we turn a blind eye on Juan and thousands of youth like him?

I hope not.

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Does Undocumented Mean Un-American?

At what point did we as a nation decide to pick and choose who to grant opportunity? At the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) Summit this year, I was deeply moved by one story of an undocumented youth --- a story that shines a harsh light on our nation. Juan came to this nation as an immigrant from Colombia, believing instead that his family was visiting Disney World. Now at 18, he is told that when he graduates, he will be deported, that he will no longer exist. Juan dreams of becoming an aerospace engineer, to work at NASA. And, because of a broken immigration system, Juan's dream becomes more fantasy than reality. How is this fair? Have we become so removed from our values of love and compassion that we turn a blind eye on Juan and thousands of youth like him? I hope not.

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Strikes and Boycotts: a few key differences

I know a lot of people get really caught up in the "strike" stuff about Kos.  This diary isn't about that exactly, though it does connect.

It's really about just the simplicity of the terms that are being used, and why I'm bothered that so many Democrats don't seem to understand the most simple concept about the idea of a strike, what it is and what it's for.

So let's just start with the obvious: nothing that's been discussed here is a strike.  It's a boycott.  Per Wikipedia:

A boycott is the act of voluntarily abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with someone or some other organization as an expression of protest.

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Writers Strike at DailyKos

This is an open letter to the progressive blogosphere.  This is cross-posted and on the Recommended List at DailyKos.com

I've been posting at DailyKos for nearly 4 years now and started writing diaries in support of Hillary Clinton back in June of last year.  Over the past few months I've noticed that things have become progressively more abusive toward my candidate and her supporters.

I've put up with the abuse and anger because I've always believed in what our on-line community has tried to accomplish in this world.  No more.  DailyKos is not the site it once was thanks to the abusive nature of certain members of our community.  

I've decided to go on "strike" and will refrain from posting here as long as the administrators allow the more disruptive members of our community to trash Hillary Clinton and distort her record without any fear of consequence or retribution.  I will not be posting at DailyKos effective immediately.  I will not help drive up traffic or page-hits as long as my candidate - a good and fine DEMOCRAT - is attacked in such a horrid and sexist manner not only by other diarists, but by several of those posting to the front page.

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MyDD Guidelines

It sure seems like things are getting nastier in the comments here at MyDD these days, and unnecessarily so. I don't know about Todd and Jerome, but I've been having to delete comments, issue warnings and even ban members on a fairly constant basis in recent weeks. In the hopes of stemming this, or at least reducing the vitriol (because it definitely detracts from the community), I'm reposting the MyDD user guidelines.

Here are the guidelines for the MyDD community:

  • Post as many comments as you like, but only 1-2 diaries per day. No single or two-line diaries--if it's a comment, put it in a comment thread. Don't clutter the diaries with foolish commentary on MyDD itself.

  • Do not troll rate (rating as 0) another user's comment unless it is a comment that violates one of the guidelines. Abusing this privilege will result in all your ratings being erased and/or getting a warning or being banned.

  • 'Trusted users' are those users that have 'mojo' and are able to 'review hidden comments' and can rate any of those posts hidden by a '0' ranking. If a trusted user deems the post should not be hidden, they can 'rescue' the post with a '1' rating.

  • Users who are excessively bashing the Democratic Party, or being Republican trolls, will be banned.

  • Users who are spaming the site with unrelated material or the like will be banned.

  • Users who are bashing or attacking any other user on the site, including authors of diaries and frontpage postings, will be banned. Candidates and politicians are fair game (but that doesn't mean you can use inflammatory language against candidates).

  • Titles of diaries should not be inflammatory, call out other users or the site, and will be deleted if not edited out. Likewise, users who cannot write comments without excessive inflammatory language will be banned.

The administrating of MyDD is a group effort, and unfortunately we will fail to have the time to notice every case of abuse of the guidelines.

Those who are trusted users are able to rank a comment with a 0 to help moderate according to the guidelines, and users can also point out abuse within the comments. Read more about the 'trusted user guidelines' here.

For those who are just skipping over the blockquoted section above, go back and read it. And for those who are still intent on skipping it, the guidelines boil down to the simple "do unto others" golden rule maxim. If you're attacking other members of the community, you're going to be warned, at the least, and potentially banned. If you're flamethrowing, you're going to be warned or banned. If you're going through and troll-rating people just because you don't agree with them (and not because they're acting improperly), you're going to be warned and, in the most extreme situation, banned.

I think everyone can agree that we want this community to thrive as it grows. Because that's what MyDD is, above all else, a community. So please treat your fellow community members with the respect with which you would want to be treated, and I think we can all agree -- even if we disagree about other things, like our choice of presidential candidate -- that this site will be more enjoyable and useful.

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