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Panelist included: Saul Verduzco, an undocumented graduate student; Secundino Cristobal, member of Comite Cesar Chavez; Leticia Bayona, student at University of California Santa Cruz; and Patty Diaz, Executive Director of Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN).
...Leticia Bayona said she had always wanted to do something, but really realized Òhow unfair things wereÓ when she interned with SIREN while she was a student at Evergreen Valley College.
reminded the audience that this isn't just an immigrant issue.In closing she
added, ÒThey chip away at immigrants rights because it is the easiest, but then they are chipping away at our civil liberties; it does affect us all.Ó
I was glad that these folks had a chance to tell their story and I know that conversations like this have an impact and need to reach a wider audience, especially when my friend who attended was inspired to register to vote.He's
27 and a Latino US citizen who never bothered to vote before.
The play was conducted right after the moving panel discussion.