Refugees Today, Dreamers Tomorrow, Great Scholars Someday?


I am off again to the Border for a week. First I will go to the rally tomorrow at Karnes City, Texas, to protest continuing family detentions, when they had almost stopped a year ago.

What is going on? Are we regressing? Cristina Parker from grassrootsleadership discusses on democracynow how the private prison industry is banking on locking up immigrant families in Karnes County, TX. These people are laughing all the way to the bank, poor women & children from Central America are suffering, and we are either being denied the truth of what is really going on, told outright lies, or just ignore basic truths and common sense. 

Sounds like many other familiar tales we’ve been told…

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First Anniversary of Letter to Pope Francis: Next One Coming!

A year ago I wrote to Pope Francis because the pain of Margaret Mary Vojtko’s death reminded adjunct faculty how fragile our educational system is, and how Higher Education was failing. 

It is one year later, and that system has only gotten worse. 

Pope Francis did not answer my call, but I have not lost hope. I will write him again. 

In the meantime, however, I am again sharing this letter of a year ago as a reminder, so that you read what I wrote — and we remember. 

We need to reclaim education. 

But this year, there will be many more of us included in our plea. 

Letter to Pope Francis about Mary Margaret Vojtko’s death as a Duquesne U adjunct


On October 7th, I sent Pope Francis a letter asking for help. Given what has happened with Margaret Mary Vojtko, and the way Catholic institutions like Duquesne are behaving, I thought it fitting he should know what is happening with contingent faculty here in the US. If anyone gives me hope in redemption —to do or say something not only about humankind but about ALL education and how it is failing not only faculty but students— it may be Pope Francis. So it is fitting he know what is going on in his universities. I don’t know that he will get this, but I thought writing in his home language might appeal to him. 

We do not have to be Catholic to believe in Social Justice. 

Helping with the Refugee Crisis at the Border: A Photo Essay

On Friday, August 10th, the day after the Murrieta rally in Austin, my husband Andrés and I went to help the church of Cristo Rey pack up donations for the refugees. We joined a group from the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, spending six hours on our feet, sorting and moving clothes and a few toys, so that we could pack up a truck they were renting to take to McAllen, Texas.

It was over 100 degrees all day, but luckily, we were not outside that long. I kept thinking about the refugees as they walked and walked in the heat.


The truck was filled top to bottom with donated clothes. So was our Ford Expedition behind it. 

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Jack Longmate: Goals of COCAL & the Program4Change

I am a great believer in the Program for Change, which is presently being used effectively at Vancouver Community College. All adjunct faculty can implement this program in as little or as long a time as needed to achieve equality. Hence, I am presenting Frank Cosco & Jack Longmate’s program, with an excellent exposé written by Jack Longmate.

This is not just theoretical. It is tried and true. Please read & share widely! And if you want equality at your university, do more than share: implement!

Thank you to Vanessa Vaile from Precarious Faculty for her technical assistance, always! 
Ana M. Fores Tamayo, Adjunct Justice

Originally posted to adj-l, September 1, 2014

Thanks to Joe Berry and Helena Worthen for their report about COCAL, “COCAL - A Tri-National Contingent Workforce Self-Organizes to Abolish Contingency" at the Academe blog.

First, I’m delighted to read the words “abolish contingency" that appear in both the title of their report and prominently in the text, "The goal: To abolish contingency itself.”  I hope this speaks for all those attending COCAL and the organizational groups supporting and in liaison with COCAL.  I hope we can all accept this as the goal; it does imply good things and a clear direction for the movement.

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Murrieta Nasties battle Besos, Not Borders

Although this seems a bit backward —starting with our Austin visit before getting back to writing about McAllen (my first piece of the series) it does make sense because, if we had never gone to Austin, we would never have ended up in McAllen. And there we witnessed one of the best examples of people working together, piecing together shards in whatever way they could, in order to help families and children in need.

If you know anything about what is going on with immigration these days, however —with the divisive factions between those who oppose anything brown with those who want to welcome good people, as their own parents, grandparents, or great grandparents were welcomed once— it has become a very heated debate.

So, with the anti-immigration folks from Murrieta stinking up the facts nationally, they have capsulized the bigotry of many.

Even the news does not really know how to report such blatant hatred for children. But just as these people have received their undue publicity —which is what they want, a moment in history— we on the other side decided to call them out, to have them answer their own hypocrisy.


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The Government’s Ultimate labor exploitation


              Artesia Migrants’ Detention Center © Sharita Gruberg

This is the ultimate labor exploitation, & it’s all legit, by the government! NOW tell me that immigrants are not being used and abused? My hair stands on end reading these stories! 

So I am sharing important tidbits of this specific article with you, which I had shared previously on Adjunct Justice, but Vanessa Vaile from @PrecariousFac reminded me of it.
You can check out & read the entire article if you want: Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap Labor. And please do not miss the video that comes with it: it’s especially telling.


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McAllen’s Sacred Heart Leads Efforts Helping Refugee Families


            Sacred Heart in McAllen, a few blocks from the bus station

"To see you naked is to recall the Earth" Federico García Lorca

As adjunct activists, we need to remember our collective truth — our nakedness with all its biting candor yet its accurate honesty — and realize that on this earth, we are all in this together: adjunct, dreamer, undocumented — children & parents alike — workers, labor & all unions. 

If we do not stand together as one, what will happen? Wasn’t it Ben Franklin who said “we must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately”? 

I guess no one thought to stand by Lorca, who was executed today, on August 19th, 78 years ago, by nationalist forces under Franco in Spain. Lorca wrote what he believed. His works were banned, yet he continued writing. 

I am not sure whether our truths are liked or not, but frankly, I do not care. 

Like Lorca — like all those who seek out truth — I write about what I see as injustices to be righted. As such, I will be writing a series of blog posts about my experiences on the border these past couple of weeks, and how the people there — the little heroes who are never talked about or praised — are fighting an unjust system and helping real people in need. 

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