Unai Montes-Irueste

unai-montes-irueste-175Unai 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.

Homeless Blood

Police Shoot Homeless Man

*+-Unai Montes-Irueste: Intentions are irrelevant. Outcomes are all that matter for those already sleeping on the streets, already locked behind bars; already living in places where hard work and education afford one the privilege to perpetuate the Horatio Alger “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” lie.

The America I Know and Love

immigrant family

*+-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

undocumented youth

*+-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

the west wing

*+-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

immigraants

*+-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.

Olympians, Immigrants, and World Affairs

olympians

*+-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.