• Austin: Fandango y nueva familia


    No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice had the opportunity to convivir with the Workers' Defense Project while in Austin.

    La jornada por la justicia sin papeles y sin miedo tenía la oportunidad convivir con el proyecto de defensa laboral en Austin.

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  • In Jail in Drag

    On November 18, 2011 I was driving home after an HIV benefit in New Mexico, when I was pulled over by a police officer for not having a car plate light. I was dressed in drag, wearing jeans, high heels, a wig, and a cute shirt. I was also wearing contacts, which made my eyes irritated, and the police officer asked me if I had been drinking. He gave me a sobriety test, which I passed, with heels on and everything. But I had been drinking a little that night, although he was going to let me go, a second officer pulled up, and they decided to take me in.

    I was thrown into the jail, in drag. The people who were detained were playful, whistled, and even friendly (I even knew some of them), but the harshest looks I got were from the police officers.

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  • Bio: Angel Alvarez

    Bio: Angel Alvarez

    Angel Alvarez is 23-years-old, a self-identified undocu-queer, and currently lives in Phoenix, AZ.  He has been in the United States since he was one year old.  He has been involved in his community for many years, and is currently a part of Puente Human Rights Movement, 3rdSpace (a collective of queer migrants and people of color working on social justice issues in Phoenix), and the Association for Joterias Arts, Activism, and Scholarship. In 2010, he moved to New Mexico to go to college and get away from SB1070 and Arizona’s climate of hate; he was detained in NM and put in ICE custody.  He is currently fighting deportation, after recently being released from immigrant detention.  After this experience made him realize that Arizona had spread throughout the country, he returned to Phoenix to organize and defend his family and community.   He says, “I have experienced family separation and I don’t want anyone else to ever go through that.  That’s why I’m on the bus.”

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