As harrowing footage of the protest of Milo Yiannopoulos’s cancelled event at UC Berkeley have filled up my social media feed, reactions arguing that protest plays into his hands— many of them peddled by self-identifying liberals—abound in equal measure. I write the following as a “response to the responses” of sorts. Before I give a critique […]
NOTE: I presented the following as a talk given at Columbia University as part of the “I am an Undocumented Immigrant: Let’s Talk About It!” held on April 25, 2016. My name is Joel Sati, and I am an immigrant from Kenya. I came to this country at the age of nine, in 2002. I lived in Georgia […]
NOTE: This was published in The Odyssey on Feb 8, 2016. Since I no longer write for the publication, the piece was removed from the site. I republish it here. In the season of campaigns and candidates are on the hunt – in pursuit of funding to fuel the daily work of campaigning and for […]
Immigration activism – like everything else – happens in the context of state violence, and it is naïve to think that getting legal status will shield us from the violence Black bodies, PoC bodies, and LGBTQ bodies are systematically subjected to.
To the detriment of the immigration reform debate, the African/Caribbean voice is silent. This is not to take away from the summer of 2012 when my Kenyan-born self came out as undocumented during a Maryland DREAM act rally in front of Baltimore’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office and marched for the same cause later […]