About Unai Montes-Irueste

Unai Montes-Irueste has worked as a social media strategist, policy
analyst, management consultant, nonprofit executive, community
organizer, and public school teacher, seeking to elevate the capacity
of individuals, organizations, and communities to make change. As a
social-political-racial-economic justice champion, he advocates on
behalf of high quality, Pre-K through college, publicly funded,
equitable education for all.

May Day For All March — May 1

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It’s time: Relief to keep families together and justice for low wage workers are way overdue.

ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Forum: Health Care As A Right

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Immigrants and Obamacare — At the January 14th ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills forum, experts will discuss the #Health4All campaign.

Panthers & Butterflies: Fighting Deportation, Detention, and Incarceration Together

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Unai Montes-Irueste: It is not only those who are undocumented who strain their wings constantly over the course of a finite life. It is everyone who has ever been stopped because of skin color, or sentenced more harshly because of it.

The America I Know and Love

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Unai Montes-Irueste: I was born in the US. I had citizenship. But at six years old my only understanding of citizenship was that it meant potential separation from my family.

Undocumented Youth Living in the Shadows

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Unai Montes-Irueste: According to the Congressional Budget Office, if Congress were to create a reasonable pathway to citizenship for undocumented Americans this year, it would add around $1 trillion to our country’s GDP over the next decade, and reduce our deficit by an additional $1 trillion over the next two decades.

The Day After the Debate

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Regardless of whatever anyone else says, the President needs to use the last month of the campaign, and the final two debates, to explain why and how he put us on the right track. He’s got to do this, even if it means his likability takes a hit. Otherwise, Romney wins.

Drop the “I” Word

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Unai Montes-Iruest: Welcome to the one Nation, under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All, where 96 year-old, former Arizona Governor, Mexican American, Raul Hector Castro, has already been detained three times.

Soldiers, Students, Seniors and Single Moms: Why Women Are Most of 47%

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Unami Montes-Irueste: Apparently being the son of a man born into a white, Mormon-American community living in Mexico, has provided Mitt Romney with sufficient justification to don brownface for his appearance on Univision .

Romney Thinks Being Latino Is Easy? He Should Try Driving While Brown In Arizona

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Unami Montes-Irueste: Apparently being the son of a man born into a white, Mormon-American community living in Mexico, has provided Mitt Romney with sufficient justification to don brownface for his appearance on Univision .

Women & Latinos in 2012: Final Words

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Unai Montes-Irueste: In this election, Democrats and Republicans alike care deeply about the answers to these two questions: Are you a woman? Are you Latino?

Because the GOP Lacks Vision: The Case for Obama’s Reelection

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Republicans hate President Obama because the successful passage and defense of the Affordable Care Act necessarily redefines American public policy for the 21st Century.

Olympians, Immigrants, and World Affairs

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Our eagerness for stories, involving athletes from around the world, as enthusiastic viewers of the Olympic games, juxtaposes paradoxically with our intolerance for our own immigrants’ stories, even if those immigrants are athletes who win medals for the US.

Gabby Douglas and White Man’s Privilege

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Bob Costas’ backhanded compliment of Gabby Douglas’ ability to overcome “imaginary barriers,” is undeniably a statement uttered by a rich white man, blinded by his privilege.

Sally, Sherman, and Lupe

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Sally Ride, Sherman Hemsley and Lupe Ontiveros were three human beings pushed boundaries, paved paths, and deserved better than to have vital elements of their identities minimized until death.

Chicago and Aurora

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Let us not fall into the temptation of exploiting tragedy for the sake of punditry. Let us not forget to pray for patience, restraint, and compassion. And let us all have courage enough to not fall into familiar traps.

Remembering Alex Okrent

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Unai MOntes-Irueste: Alex Okrent was the awesome embodiment of the words that made Barack Obama famous in 2004.

To Be an American

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Can American democracy be true to its ideals without a nonracist and nonsexist culture and society?

Romney Fumbles Public Education Opportunity

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Romney is at a serious disadvantage when it comes to “devil in the details” discussions about education policy, especially in areas of overlap with President Obama’s policies on immigration,

Mexican Spring: Occupy Moves South

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Mexico’s youth, the leaders of the “Mexican Spring,” are not copycats, they are building on a foundation that activists laid over one year before the “Arab Spring.”

Closing the Academic Achievement Gap Without Jailing Parents

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Students are not only condemned to life sentences of educational inequity, their caregivers are jailed for breaking them out of underperforming schools.

How Romney or Obama Will Earn the Latino Vote

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Mitt Romney and President Obama are both currently engaged in a collective clamor to get the percentage of Latino voters you need in order to guarantee victory in November, especially in 12 of the 15 swing states—places like Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Virginia.

We Draw the Lines: Not So Much

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Unless these drafts are redrawn, California Latinos will be robbed of the Congressional and Legislative representation we deserve—despite the fact that these draft maps were drawn using the very same Census data that attributes 90% of California’s population growth between 2000 and 2010 to Latino youth and migrants.

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