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63 UIC Faculty & Admin Sign-On Letter To Support Lulu, DREAM 9

63 UIC Faculty & Admin Sign-On Letter To Support Lulu, DREAM 9

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To: President Barack ObamaJohn Morton, Director, Immigration & Customs EnforcementPeter Vincent, Principal Legal Advisor, Immigration & Customs EnforcementToday 9 young people are languishing in a detention center in Arizona becausethey dared to demand a more just and inclusive policy of citizenship in the UnitedStates. It is the same demand that young people in the Civil Rights Movementmade 50 years ago when they pressed southern leaders to include African Americans in the rights and obligations of citizenship. The arguments for exclusion and discrimination, then and now, dehumanize and denigrate thosebeing excluded. In 1960 the flawed arguments were that Blacks should not vote
because they were not “educated” enough, not “respectable” enough, or simplynot “American” enough. Today, young people who may have spent a few months
or a few years in their birth country but who have grown up, gone to school, and
worked in the United States for 15 or 20 years, are deemed “outsiders.” This may
be the law but it is also wrong and unjust. For this reason, we stand with theDream 9 who have been jailed because of their struggle on behalf of humanrights and citizenship rights for immigrants. As University of Illinois at Chicago Professors and Administrators, we areinvested in the lives and well being
of young people. It is our life’s work. We offer 
them intellectual guidance in the classroom but they mean more to us than that.They are the ones whose skills, values, and actions will determine the future of this country and the world. So, we are deeply troubled when idealistic andprincipled young people are punished for acting on behalf of social justice. Weare even more upset and outraged when those young people are our ownstudents. Lulu Martinez is a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Likeall of our students, she is talented and hard working, and deserves a brightfuture. She is also a young person who stands on the courage of her convictions.
We respect her for that. In courses on women’s rights, Latino history, and the
Civil Rights Movement, Lulu read about the individuals who many politicians payhomage to today: Martin Luther King Jr., Jane Addams, and Cesar Chavez. So,how is it that we praise King, Addams and Chavez and we incarcerate Martinez?The youth leaders of the immigrant rights movement are acting in a venerabletradition. They are serving as the conscience of a nation, reminding us of thedangers of exclusive and elitist definitions of who belongs and who does not.Lulu Martinez is an exemplary student and young leader. She was born inMexico and came to the United States at age of three. In addition to extensivevolunteer work in community based organizations such as the GeorgiaUndocumented Youth Alliance, and the Immigrant Youth Justice League, twograssroots advocacy groups, Lulu has also worked as a radio producer,workshop leader, and outreach coordinator since 2009. She has lent her effortsto the cause of immigration rights but also to campaigns for women, LGBTQpeople and low-wage workers. Her leadership, activism and community service
 
have earned her a number of honors and recognitions, including: The AmigasLatinas Scholarship Award for contributions to LGBTQ communities; The Davis
Putter Award for youth leadership; and the Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30 Award
fo
r young people contributing to LGBT communities in Chicago. Lulu’s young life
has been one of sacrifice for community, reflection and commitment to justice,and courage in difficult situations. She is a beloved daughter, valued student andtrusted friend. We want her back in Chicago.Most responsible adults are worried about the future, about what lessons we areteaching, and about the legacy we are leaving for the next generation. We havefar too many of our young people trapped in the criminal and juvenile justicesystem. We need them in our classrooms and in leadership roles in our communities and institutions. It does not make any sense to continue detainingand deporting the future of our country, especially at a time when there isoverwhelming consensus across country that our immigration system is brokenand unjust. For all of these reasons we demand the release of Lulu Martinez andher fellow activists.We demand the immediate release of the Dream 9.
Barbara Ransby
, Professor,
History 
and
Gender 
& Women’s Studies
 
Sixty-Three Additional Faculty and Administrative Staff Signed-On to This Letter:
Luz Acosta
, Research Program Coordinator,
Inter-University Program for LatinoResearch
Aixa Alfonso
, Associate Professor,
Biological Sciences
 
Salome Aguilera Skvirsky
, Assistant Professor,
Latin American & LatinoStudies
 
Jennifer Ashton
, Associate Professor,
English
 
Xochitl Bada
, Associate Professor,
Latin American & Latino Studies
 
Natasha Barnes
, Associate Professor,
English
and
 African American Studies
 
Michelle Boyd
, Associate Professor,
 African American Studies
 
Christopher Boyer 
, Associate Professor,
History 
and
Latin American & LatinoStudies
Jennie Brier 
, Associate Professor and Director,
Gender &
Women’s Studies
 
Simone Judith Buechler 
, Assistant Professor,
Latin American & Latino Studies
 
Rosa Cabrera
, Director,
Rafael Cintron-Ortiz Latino Cultural Center 
 
Mark Canuel
, Professor,
English
 
Megan Carney
, Director,
Gender and Sexuality Center 
 
Mark Chiang
, Associate Professor,
 Asian American Studies and English
 
Theresa Christenson-Caballero
, Assistant Director,
Graduate Student Outreach and Development 
,
Graduate College
 
 
Ralph Cintron
, Associate Professor,
English
and
Latin American & LatinoStudies
Andy Clarno
, Assistant Professor,
Sociology 
and
 African American Studies
 
Sharon Collins
, Associate Professor,
Sociology 
 
Jonathan Daly
, Professor,
History 
 
Claire Decoteau
, Assistant Professor,
Sociology 
 
Madhu Dubey
, Professor,
English
and
 African American Studies
 
John D’
Emilio
, Professor,
History 
and
Gender & Women’s Studies
 
Nilda Flores-Gonzalez
, Associate Professor,
Sociology 
and
Latin American &Latino Studies
Leon Fink
, Distinguished Professor,
History 
 
Lunaire Ford
, Executive Director,
Graduate Diversity and Outreach Initiatives
,
Graduate College
 
Lisa Frohmann
, Associate Professor and Interim Department Head,
Criminology, Law and Justice
 
Rebecca E. Gordon
,
Women’s Leadership and Resource Center 
 
Anna Guevarra
, Associate Professor and Director,
 Asian American Studies
 
Elena Gutierrez
, Associate Professor,
Gender & Women’s Studies
and
Latin American & Latino Studies
Eric (Rico) Gutstein
, Professor,
Curriculum and Development 
,
College of Education
John Hagedorn
, Professor,
Criminology, Law and Justice
 
Sara Hall
, Associate Professor,
Germanic Studies
 
Helen Heran Jun
, Associate Professor,
English
and
 African American Studies
 
Melissa Hernandez
, Academic Advisor 
, Office of Student Affair 
,
College of Medicine
Michele Kelley
, Associate Professor,
Community Health Sciences
,
School of Public Health
Cedric Johnson
, Associate Professor,
 African American Studies
and
Political Science
Lisa Lee
, Associate Professor,
 Art History 
; Director,
School of Art & Design
and
 Art History 
 
Pauline Lipman
, Professor,
Educational Policy Studies
,
College of Education
 
Patrisia Masias
, Visiting Scholar,
Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy 
Alicia K. Matthews
, Associate Professor,
College of Nursing 
 
Ellen McClure
, Associate Professor and Department Head,
French and Francophone Studies
Walter Benn Michaels
, Professor and Department Head,
English
 
Zitlali Morales
, Assistant Professor,
College of Education
Teresa Helena Moreno
, Assistant Director, African American Studies
Norma Claire Moruzzi
, Associate Professor,
Political Science
and
Gender &
Women’s
Studies
; Director,
International Studies
 
Sekile Nzinga-Johnson
, Assistant Professor,
Gender & Women’s Studies
 
Irma Olmedo
, Associate Professor, Emerita,
College of Education
 

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