Jul 272011

By Maria-Karen Lopez

As a resident of the Commonwealth and vice-president of the Kentucky Dream Coalition, I am concerned about our immigrant community’s advocacy and collective action concerning anti-immigrant laws. Considering that Lexington’s increase in immigrant population ranks third nationally, it is important to remember the Commonwealth’s values for all our residents, including our immigrant community: “Together we stand, divided we fall.”

Last year in Kentucky, Senator John Schickel’s SB 6 was passed out of the Senate in early January, following Arizona’s SB 1070 anti-immigrant legislation. However, we saw that such policy was not in the best economic interest for our Commonwealth. According to the fiscal-impact statement, the law was estimated to cost the state $89 million per year. The bill was not passed in the House Local Government Committee and is considered dead — for now. Continue reading »

May 202010

By Michael Dean Benton

In the spirit of the civil rights champion Cesar Chavez a group of students and staff at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) organized a Hunger Strike to bring attention to the bipartisan Dream Act 2010 that is currently before Congress.

In April 2010, during a United We Dream meeting in North Carolina at which 80 people from 20 different states participated, Erin Howard, Roy Roman and Alexis Meza, who were representing Kentucky’s Dream Coalition, overheard participants from another state discussing their past accomplishments. Their discussion mentioned a hunger strike and how it influenced their state representatives to sit down with them to talk about the Dream Act. Continue reading »