Who Gets to Be an American?

Who Gets to Be an American?


San Miguel PEN 2020 Winter Lecture
“Hope in a Time of Darkness: The Resilience of US Immigrants Under Attack”
By Cristina Jiménez
Tue, Mar 3, 6:30pm
Bellas Artes
Hernández Macías 75, Centro
Bilingual presentation
150 pesos, people under 25 & migrants Free

By Signe Hammer

Right now, the fate of nearly a million young, educated, productive, Americans brought to the US as infants or children hangs in the balance. Since 2012, they have been protected from deportation by DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy signed by former President Obama. The current US president wants to end DACA; the Supreme Court will decide.

Join PEN on Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30pm in the second-floor auditorium of the Bellas Artes to hear United We Dream Executive Director and co-founder Cristina Jiménez discuss “Hope in a Time of Darkness: The Resilience of US Immigrants under Attack.”

United We Dream (UWD) is the largest youth-led immigrant network in the country. Cristina Jiménez was part of the UWD campaign team that spearheaded the historic victory of DACA. Under her leadership, UWD has grown to a powerful network of over 100 groups and 500,000 members.

Many of us are familiar with the term “Dreamers.” Many Dreamers are Americans by virtue of having been born in the Americas; many are North Americans, having been born in Mexico. Cristina Jiménez—community organizer, strategist, and freedom fighter—was born in Ecuador, in South America. She came to the US with her family at the age of 13 and attended high school and college in New York as an undocumented student.

Of course, it’s not just Dreamers who are under attack; current US policy affects almost all immigrants, whether from the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, or about any place aside from Europe.

Cristina has been organizing in immigrant communities for over a decade. For her work as a social justice organizer, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine and was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2017. She currently serves on the board of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, the Hazen Foundation, Make the Road, New York Action, and TheDream.US.

San Miguel PEN is a chapter of PEN International, the organization of writers that fights for freedom of expression around the world. The 150 pesos admission helps fund local activities and includes a free glass of wine with dinner afterwards at Vivali, across the street on Hernández Macías 66. Get tickets at Ticket Central in the Biblioteca or at the door. For more information, visit sanmiguelpen.com.