By CAROLINA VALDIVIA
In addition to blogs by undocumented youth organizations, there aren’t many current online blogs I know of written by individual undocumented youth, but from the ones I know of the following are my absolute favorites for various reasons. Be sure to check them out and let me know of any similar blogs you have come across and follow.
1) Prerna Lal at http://prernalal.com/
I came across Prerna’s blog a couple of years ago and have been following her posts ever since. Prerna is an undocumented law school graduate, blogger, long time activist for immigrant rights, and co-founder of DreamActivist. Prerna is always up to date on the latest immigration news and policies. She also writes about racism, new media, traveling, nationalism, education, and more. As if her broad coverage of topics isn’t enough to get you interested in her blog, she also keeps it real. In all of her posts, she’s not afraid to speak her mind and share her knowledge. I find myself smiling, learning, and reflecting every time I read one of her posts. Her blog is definitely worth checking out!
2) Juan Escalante at http://www.juansaaa.com/
I got the opportunity to chat with Juan earlier this year about online activism for undocumented immigrant rights. Juan’s blog provides you with a variety of posts with information on scholarships, how to get involved, immigration news, and updates on his own life as an undocumented immigrant. He is without a doubt a dedicated activist that is always very humble and open about sharing his knowledge on politics, social media, pursuing college, immigration, and more.
3) El Random Hero at http://www.justarandomhero.blogspot.com/
Last, but not least, El Random Hero has also been a long time activist for immigrant rights. Having recently come across his blog, I have found myself catching up with his posts that are always very insightful to his life as an undocumented immigrant living in the LA area. In addition to blogging about being undocumented, and now more recently dacamented, El Random Hero writes about access to higher education for undocumented students, activism, immigration reform, and much more. In particular, I love El Random Hero’s touch of reflection on each one of his posts. In each post, he’s not ashamed or afraid to speak the truth, make connections of his life experiences and broader issues, and share his feelings with all of his readers..
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