about immigration:(Lord these people are insane)
In 2007, comprehensive immigration reform failed to pass because proponents were out-called
(i.e., calls to the legislature) 100 to 1 by a vocal minority of opponents of the legislation. In 2009, there will be
another historic opportunity to pass this landmark legislation that will bring 12 million people out of the
shadows of this country and onto a path to citizenship. Artists and cultural organizers can play a critical role
this year on helping advance the legislation, as well as over the coming years helping bring the humanity
and personal/family stories of the issue to light. A coordinated cultural campaign was the clearest vision
articulated in this session of what this involvement might look like. One that makes room for moderate
voices, but helps people put faces to the issue, and to understand that it is their neighbor who might be
deported next, their family torn apart.
Of course, the unfortunate part is how much of the arts is already debased by amazingly ignorant artists bleating out simplistic and misinformed political positions through their work. This is one community that hardly needs organizing—or governmental coercion.