Reviews and Blog Posts: immigrants

Plaza Voices: Libros Prohibidos

Last week marked the close of the 33rd annual Banned Books Week, a nationwide celebration of our freedom to read. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. 311 challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom last year, not including the many other unreported ones.

Plaza Voices: Immigrant Bazaar - "Far from home...homemade goods"

Naghem S., a Plaza staff member, writes:

On Saturday September 19, 2015, the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library hosted the Immigrant Bazaar. Merchants from all walks of life showcased their beautiful homemade goods. Along with tasty food and a gorgeous late summer day, this event is one to be remembered for days to come. Sitting under tents and enjoying the energetic environment, vendors supplied customers with an extensive variety of food, art, clothing, jewelry, and film.

Plaza Voices: Celebrating Citizenship Day!

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 654,949 people were welcomed as citizens in 2014. On September 17th, Citizenship Day will commemorate this milestone for new Americans. Becoming a citizen in the United States is often a joyous experience for new immigrants who spend years studying for the naturalization test.

Plaza Voices: LGBT Immigrants

American/Pride Flag

As of 2013, there were an estimated 267,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., in addition to approximately 637,000 documented LGBT immigrants, according to a report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

Plaza Voices: Plaza and Services to New Immigrants

Plaza participants working on a project.

Each week the Plaza Voices blog brings you information and news about the immigrant experience. But what is Plaza?

Like a traditional town plaza, or central square, Plaza programs are a place to connect with others, share important resources, and enjoy new experiences.

Plaza Voices: Second Generation

Cover of Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation

Of the many reasons people leave their home countries to start lives in a new place, "opportunity" has to be one of the most common.

The first generation makes the leap, leaving friends, family, and history behind. What happens to their children, the ones born here? What opportunities do they embrace, and what do they value?

Plaza Voices: Stories from Angel Island

Cover of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, available from DPL

This year marks the 105th anniversary of the opening of Angel Island, an immigration station near San Francisco that is sometimes called the Ellis Island of the West. However, Angel Island primarily acted as a detention center for immigrants, especially those of Asian descent.

Plaza Voices: Important Update on Driver's Licenses and IDs under SB-251

Car key

Senate Bill 13-251, The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, authorizes driver's licenses, instruction permits, or identification cards to be issued to individuals who are either unable to demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S., or can demonstrate only temporary lawful presence.

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

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In October I posted a book review for The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less. This documentary was just as eye-opening for me, presenting shocking and tragic statistics along with personal stories regarding how poverty, discrimination, unemployment, lack of support, and exploitation affects...

A cup of water under my bed : a memoir

by Daisy Hernández

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A memoir exploring the intersections of culture, language, class, sexuality, and religion. Hernandez grew up in New Jersey with immigrant parents--her mother from Columbia, her father from Cuba. She learned both Spanish and English and helped her parents navigate the world, including filling out her father's unemployment applications when factory...

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