Don't Cry for Me, SF Weekly
Undocumented college grads fight for rights: SF Weekly's recent article on undocumented college students ["The Education Trap," Lauren Smiley, Feature, 7/21] seemed to say, "Why should these students even bother going to college, if they're just going to end up flipping burgers?" Focusing on the lack of job opportunities or despair over legislative solutions to their dilemma overlooks not only the intrinsic value of their education, but also the power these students gain through their education to change the current racist and nativist attitudes under which they struggle.
It doesn't surprise us that each of the students Smiley interviewed is actively working to change the laws that marginalize undocumented students. This has been true of our students at De Anza College. They realize that education is a basic human right, and their advocacy for the DREAM Act contributes to the social health of our communities. We want to live in a place where all people have the right to an education.
As your article suggests, undocumented students maintain high GPAs and are rigorously involved in civic leadership, in spite of living in a country that mistakenly calls them criminals simply because they were brought here as children by parents who wanted better for them. Their tenacity, honesty, values, and commitment to social justice set an example for us all. Don't feel sorry for them; work with them!
Program coordinator, LEAD (Latina/o Empowerment at De Anza)
Brian Murphy, president
De Anza College, San Francisco
Forrest Has His Day
Props for All Shook Down fest: Forrest Day kicks ass ("Giving It All for All Shook Down," Ian S. Port, Music, 7/28).
I'm the type of guy who, once I've seen a show, movie, or a band, for the most part I'm done with them. But with Forrest Day it's a different story. I've been to probably five or six shows now around the greater Bay Area, and I can't wait to see the band again.
I'm a superwhite dorky dude with no rhythm and I get super-embarrassed when I dance because I know I look like a complete fool, but when I go to Forrest Day shows, I can't help but get out there and shake my ass.
Few bands have the ability to make me completely embarrass myself, but Forrest Day is definitely one of those bands. I give props, because I know they're busting their asses traveling around playing shows, and I hope they hit it big because their music deserves to be heard by the masses.
Good luck to the Forrest Day band, and thanks for making me look like a complete mess in front of a ton of hot girls.
Snitch Blog Comment of the Week
In response to a blog post about Target's ties to an antigay politician: The reason Target can afford such low prices is the same reason big-box bookstores can undercut independent booksellers: It buys more than a hundredfold of a product that a mom-and-pop would be able to afford. I'd rather buy from people who are local and will spend that money locally than buy from a corporation whose profits will eventually go to buy someone's private jet and Botox sessions — or in this case, fund a homophobic group. However, I do love saving on three-packs of underwear.