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DREAMers No Longer of One Mind on Immigration Reform

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigrants / Immigration Reform / Latinos / Media / Politics / Radio / WNYC

Originally published on June 27, 2014 on WNYC. June is an exciting month for graduating high school seniors. But for the thousands of young immigrants who lack legal status, graduation day can be a moment of great uncertainty. Undocumented youth have been on the front lines of the struggle for immigrant rights. They call themselves DREAMers to evoke both the proposed federal DREAM Act and a hope that they, too, can achieve the American Dream. […]

Podcast: DREAMers No More—What is Happening to Young, Undocumented Immigrant Activists?

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigrants / Immigration News / Immigration Reform / Latinos

Listen to the podcast. Originally published on Feet in 2 Worlds on May 7, 2014. The DREAMer movement is in flux. Once monolithic, political activism by young, undocumented immigrants has become fragmented, with some activists abandoning the fight for comprehensive immigration reform, and others focused on local efforts to support undocumented immigrants. Many have stopped calling themselves DREAMers. In New York, where an estimated 90,000 youth would be eligible for relief under the DREAM Act, some young activists […]

Tongue Tied: Some Dishes from Back Home Can Leave You Speechless

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Cocina Criolla / Feet in Two Worlds / Food / Puerto Rico
Lengua Estofada (Photo: Maria Watts)

By Von Diaz Originally published on Food in Two Worlds on May 2, 2013. Tongue? Seriously? It’s hard to think about cooking an entire beef tongue no matter how trendy it may be to “use the whole animal.” When I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area I discovered tacos de lengua at Taqueria Cancun in the Mission District. I ate them at least once a week, enjoying their texture – delightfully spongy yet crisped around […]

Fear of Frying: A Puerto Rican Cook Confronts Her Culinary Legacy

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Cocina Criolla / Feet in Two Worlds / Food / Puerto Rico
Making surillitos can be a group project. (Photo: Maria Watts)

By Von Diaz Originally published on Food in Two Worlds on April 18, 2013. I don’t fry. I don’t own a splatter guard, even though I could get one at any dollar store. I cook with olive oil and butter – coconut oil if I’m feeling fancy. But I don’t fry. I’m a Puerto Rican who can’t dance salsa and loves vegetables. Despite these ethnic shortcomings, I feel deeply connected to Puerto Rican culture, and […]

Undocumented Youth to Walk from NYC to Albany to Lobby for NYS DREAM Act

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigration News
NYS DREAM Act

By Von Diaz Originally posted on Feet in Two Worlds on April 9, 2012. New York – A small group of undocumented young people and their supporters are expected to leave New York City on foot today, and begin a trek to Albany to promote the New York DREAM Act. The 150 mile march to the state capitol is the latest effort by DREAM Act supporters to pressure N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republicans in […]

I am UndocuQueer – A Young, Undocumented, Gay Artist Advocates for the DREAM Act

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigration News / LGBT
An image from Julio Salgado's 'I am UndocuQueer' series.

By Von Diaz Originally posted on Feet in Two Worlds on February 13, 2012. Being young and undocumented can lead to complex and sometimes awkward situations. As DREAMer Angy Rivera explains in one of her videos, dating is a constant challenge when you can’t get into clubs that require a photo ID, or get to a date because you’re not allowed to drive a car. The DreamersAdrift collective has taken these themes and translated them […]

2011 – A Year of Activism for the DREAM Act and Undocumented Immigrant Youth

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigration News
A press conference in favor of the DREAM Act in California. (Photo: Antonio Villaraigosa/flickr)

By Von Diaz Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on December 27, 2011 2011 may be best remembered for a new type of political activism. Movements including the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street were built on a combination of street protests and social media. The year also saw an outpouring of activism and support for undocumented immigrant youth, especially those who would benefit from the DREAM Act—a proposed federal law that would create […]

Food in Two Worlds Podcast – Mexican Chef Zarela Martinez

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Feet in Two Worlds / Food
Zarela Martinez

My most recent podcast for the new immigrant food series Food in Two Worlds. Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on December 8, 2011. Food in Two Worlds Podcast: How Zarela Martinez Brought Mexican Cuisine to New York In this Food in Two Worlds podcast episode, Von Diaz tells the story of Chef Zarela Martinez and her pivotal role in bringing sophisticated Mexican cuisine to New York.  Also Mariana Suarez, co-founder of Gourmet Latino discusses the challenges facing today’s Latino […]

Gay Immigrant Couple’s Future Remains Uncertain After Judge Postpones Deportation Hearing

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigration News / LGBT
Monica Alcota (right) and Cristina Ojeda, who married last year in Connecticut, hope that DOMA will be repealed so that Ojeda can sponsor Alcota for a green card and she can remain in the United States. (Photo: Maria Watts)

By Von Diaz Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on April 4, 2011. President Obama’s decision to challenge the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) came as a shock to gay rights activists and conservative lawmakers alike.  The full implications of this decision remain unclear, however, and gay immigrants have been on an emotional roller coaster as rights are granted one week and denied the next. Obama directed the Department of Justice […]