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    Over the past several years Latinos across America have united in an effort to bring reform to this Nation’s immigration policies and for good cause. For in addition to these laws being arbitrary and unfair, nearly every Latino in this Country has a family member or friend who is here undocumented. Thus we know personally the hardships our people endure as a result of being denied the basic freedoms and righs upon which this great country was founded. Unalienable rights which the founding fathers, who themselves were immigrants or derived from immigrants, believed were not only guaranteed to all men who breathed, buer were “endowed uon them “by their creator.”
    However, we know this not to be the case in this day and age for those who are here undocumented. thus our brothers and sisters who are here “illegally” are not protected from unlawful searches, seizures, or detention. They do not have the right to bear arms to protect themselves; Nor can they voice concerns about injustices that plague them, their families, or communites, cause they have no right to vote–thus no voice. They can not obtain public housing assistance though their family may have no place to live; Food stamps are not an option, even though their kids are starving. Our brothers and sisters are also ineligible for educational assistance, despite risking their lives to better their lives and that of their family.
    It is hard to imagine how an individual could live under such circumstances when he or she is deprived rights or assistance which are considered not only necessary for the betterment of oneself, but also for survival. Thus it is easy to understand why Latinos across America have formed organizations, initiated rallies, and have brought our people together to change this Nation’s Immigration policies.
    However, I would like to shed light on another animal that is just as devastating to the progression or our race: “The War On Drugs.” I know at first glance it might be difficult to make the comparison on how drug laws are affecting Hispanics as bad as Immigration laws, but the similarities are there. For example, like an individual; who is here illegally, a person convicted of a simple felony possession of marijuana is unable to obtain or reside in public housing: This person can work, but we will often be discriminated against once the “felony” box is checked on his application: There will be certain employment and professional licenses he will never be able to qualify for: Laws prohibit them from applying for food stramps: Thier driver’s license can be suspended: They also lose the right to serve on a jury and in most states the right to vote” And just as an individual who is in this counrty undocumented can be deported, a person on probation or parole can be hauled back to prison for no more than being late to a probation meeting (though the state prohibits him from having a driver’s license to get there): for not having a job (though no none would hire him cause he is an ex-felon): being untruthful where he lives (because he is to ashamed to admit he is homeless).
    When the subject of crime and incarceration comes up a majority will state that the individual who broke the law “Had a choice”—they chose to get in trouble—“NOw let them deal with the consequences.” Which admittedly they are right. But what if I told you decades ago criminal laws were contructed in a manner that incarcerated more minorities. That federal and state health, food, and educational programs were amended to exclude these new waves of felons—m,ajority of which were expected to be Latinos and African-Americans. What if I could further prove that our people were being systematically targeted throughout this country by law enforcement. That studies demonstrate 80% of the nearly 550,000 pedestrians stopped and frisked by the NYPD were Latinos and African Americans: IN Illinois Latinos accounted for 30% of the drivers pulled over and searched though we represented less than 3% of the drivers on the road: ANd a study on the New Jersy Turnpike found that despite Latinos and African-Americans accounting for ony 21% of the drivers on that highway they comprised 80% of those pulled over and searched.
    And theres more. What if I could prove that in cases where a Latino and White person were arrested for the same felony the Latino would more likely receive a felony conviction and imprisonment, while his White conter-part’s charge would be reduced to a lesser crime with no jail time: And that although drug use and distribution is an rampant on college campuses as it is inour neighborhoods, you will never see SWAT teams donned in ski-masks, armed with assault rifles kicking down campus doors with battle rams as they do in our barrios.
    Well its true! And not only has it has been fully documented by federal judges, college professors, and civil rights groups, but this racial injustice has been going on for nearly three decades. Our people who have fell victim to our justice system now have scarcely more rights and, arguably less respect than a freed slave or a black person during the height of Jim Crow and segregation. Leaving the felon to be legally discriminated against—to be the new “Whipping boy,” the “new n#gg@%”, as Michelle Alexander states.
    But what i think you will find more astonishing is there have been no sentencing reform organizations initiated by Latinos. All the focus by Latinos seems to be on immigration reform and there is great respect for their commitment. But ask yourself this question: How much of a difference will reformed immigration laws benefit our people as a whole if another beast known as “The War On Drugs” or better yet “The War On Minorities”–that is, and has been for decades, systematically targeting our people who were born and raised in this country and stripping them or their rights at a pace much more rapidly than our undocumented brothers and sisters are receiving them?
    Whether it is unfair immigration policies or racially biased drug laws Latinos and their neighborhoods are being decimated. The truth of the matter is in our neighborhoods a great percentage of our people have a drug conviction, been to prison, currently in prison, on their way to prison, or are here undocumented or have been deported. As a result, many of our people in the community can’t vote or are not present to vote. Leaving local and state politicians to have no concerns as to what is transpiring in our neighborhoods. In addition many people can’t find stable or adequate employment because either they have no papers or are on paper (probation/parole). But most devastating is the fact that generation upon generation of our children are brought into this world without one or both of their parents to raise them because either they have been deported or are imprisoned.

    The outcome? Hispanics are becoming the leading race in this country when it comes to high school drop outs, teenage pregnancy, unemployment and povety. Yet despite these alarming realities our people have become boastful from th enews that in years to come Hispanics will no longer be the minority in this county, but the majority. But to see what the future holds for our people if we do not ocme together and stnd up for all our brothers and sisters, and not just the undocumented ones, you need to only drive through our barrios which are riddled with crime, broken homes, and poverty or walk through our prison system that is filled with Latinos, majority which are addicted to drugs and/or gang related.
    It was believed the Mayan Calendar predicted the end of all civilization. We now know this prediction to be wrong. However, a case could be made that if Latinos don’t awaken as to what is going on with our people and come together and seek change for all, the Mayans may not have been foretelling the end of all civilization, but only the demise of Hispanics in the United States.

    Jason Hernandez
    Co-Founder of Crack Open The Door (,
    And First Hispanic To Receive Clemency By The President Of
    The United States Barack Obama (life without parole plus
    reduced to twenty years).

  2. Hi,

    Terra here from Snack Bar. Rae Wilson spoke to us briefly last week about donating lunches for your summer program. She had mentioned a couple of dates, some of which are next week, which probably wont work for us. However, we may be able to help out donating lunches later in August. I need some more information about logistics. How many people? What kinds of lunch options are you guys expecting? Please contact me, so that I can see if this is something that we can do. Your organization looks really amazing, so we would love to support the cause! If it doesn’t work out for us to donate lunches, we are always up for donating gift cards for a fundraiser.


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