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Juan I and Juan II: A tale of two gay immigrants in the Otay Mesa Detention Center

Juan I and Juan II: A tale of two gay immigrants.

(Author’s note: the names of the immigrants described here have been changed to protect their safety.)

I met Juan I and Juan II while they were detained in Otay Mesa Detention Center, a San Diego immigration prison. Both are 20 years old, both are gay. Juan I is from Venezuela. Juan II began his journey north in El Salvador.

It’s time for Pride again!

Today, over 1,000 Pride events happen all over the world with each one taking on a distinctly local flavor. 

In 1969 the Stonewall Riots against legal police brutality towards our community inspired organizers in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego to hold “Christopher Street Liberation Day" marches or "Gay-ins" in 1970: the origins of Pride events as we know them today.

Why reparations from 1619 to now?

A year before the Mayflower arrived in 1620, the first group of enslaved Africans depicted as “20 and odd Negroes” arrived sometime during the final week of August to the Virginia colony of Jamestown. The fact that the exact date cannot be pinpointed assists in obfuscating the origins of slavery in the United States.

Accessing Pride

My mother is a retired teacher who oversaw the department for students who were blind and low vision.

First reporting cycle shows Stephen Whitburn leading the pack in Council District 3

First reporting cycle shows Stephen Whitburn leading the pack in Council District 3.

SAN DIEGO, CA -- In the race for San Diego City Council District 3, Stephen Whitburn reports the strongest total cash contributions for the first reporting period from January 1 - June 30, 2019.

The fundraising report filed with the San Diego City Clerk’s office shows Whitburn’s total exceeding $60,000.

Watching these exhausting debates closely

Watching these exhausting debates closely.

Did you watch Tuesday night’s Democratic debate? The race to the White House for Democrats is an exhausting one, and I’m simply watching the battle on television. 

The topic of President Trump’s xenophobia and racism will dominate these debates.

Reflections on visiting a transgender woman at Otay Mesa Detention Center

Reflections on visiting a transgender woman at Otay Mesa Detention Center.

I always have plenty of time to think when I’m visiting at Otay Mesa Detention Center because getting through processing is time-consuming. I’ll spare you all the really boring details, but sitting in a room for 1 to 2 hours without a cell phone is a lesson in patience.