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On ABC 15

Here’s a recent interview in reaction to a poll by ASU’s Morrison Institute of Public Policy, which shows that the majority of Arizonan’s support legalization of undocumented immigrants. Pearce’s Recall and this poll give me hope that the local climate about immigration is beginning to change . But of course, we need the courage and cooperativeness of State and Federal legislators to work on DREAM Act and immigration reform.

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/state/are-arizonans-softening-their-stance-on-immigration

Here’s a link to the poll

http://morrisoninstitute.asu.edu/media/news-events/mi-poll-arizonans-favor-both-immigration-enforcement-and-pathway-to-citizenship

Univision

Click on the link below to see the interview with Univision, in which they talk about my situation, which is similar to many DREAM Act students here in AZ. They also highlight the last major donation given by Jack Harris and Gaby Pacheco!

http://univisionarizona.univision.com/mes-de-la-hispanidad/mes-de-la-hispanidad-videos/video/2011-08-09/joven-indocumentado-lucha-para-obtener

Speeding Up for the Last 20

Only 20 more days until the start of the doctoral program. There is still much ground to walk and little time is left. This moment feels like the last few laps of a demanding yet invigorating race, the race to raise the funds I need to start the doc program this fall. What do you do when the finish line is just around the corner? If you don’t think the race is worth it than you slow down and give up. But when the  race signifies nothing less than a brighter future and the realization of the dream to help others, then you speed up. This moment, last few laps, is the point in the race when you give your all.

What am I doing? I’m looking into every possibility that could help me pick up the pace. I am applying to a couple of scholarships that are due at the end of the month, the problem is that most scholarships are given to undergrads as the assumption is that doctoral students have funding. I would receive funding from my program or apply to a fellowship, grant, or loan, but my immigration status gets in the way. So, I’m reaching out to as many people as I can. I have to speed up because I have been given the opportunity to run in this race, and if I don’t finish, there might not be another chance.

 I am sincerely thankful to have the chance to study in one of the best programs in psychology in the country I love and call home. I can become a psychologist that will eventually help many others, but I need the funds to start the program on August 18. The truth is, I’m not fast enough to get there by August 18th, not without your strength. Can you help me pick up the pace by making a donation to my education fund today?

Please share widely with all your Facebook, Twitter, and Email contacts.

Thank you!

One Big Step at a Time

Switching Focus to Immediate Goal of $12,500 to start the doctoral program in the fall. Overall goal still $25,000 for both semester during first year. 

$25,000 is no small number, perhaps too large of a number to work toward is such a short amount of time. The fundraiser webpage and blog have been up for a little over a month. With the help of great friends and supporters the fundraiser had a great start and has been running very well. Now, it is important to acknowledge that goals have to be realistic and coherent in terms of the time window. To fund-raise $25k by August, which is when I start the doctoral program, might be too idealistic a goal, unless a miracle happens.

For this reason, I am splitting my fundraising goal. Let’s focus on the immediate goal of $12,50o which is the amount needed for school in the fall. Then we can focus on fundraising the other $12.5k before the start of the spring semester.

This new focus puts us at 28% from our new goal. We get closer everyday.

What do you think about this? Can you help me get to $12,500 by the start of the fall semester in mid August? 

Every donation counts, whether it is $10 or $1000. Let’s keep walking together!!

TO DONATE: http://www.gofundme.com/germansdream

Spread the word: Share this blog and http://www.gofundme.com/germansdream with your Facebook, twitter, and email contacts.

Harry Potter, Me, and You!

Potter fans, our magic hour is here! I have one ticket for the Harry Potter 7 Part 2 Special show on July 14th , at 6:30pm. This screening is before the movie even comes out!!

Event starts at 3pm, including games and an HP costume contest, oh yeah! I’m dressing it up.

This special show of the movie is part of a fundraiser for the National MS Society. I bought the ticket at a value of $20 and it was for my girlfriend. She can’t come because of her work schedule, so I decided to open up this special spot to my dear friends and supporters.

For us HP fans, this week marks the end of an era. Many of us grew up with Harry Potter, and this final installment has deep meaning for us nerds.

I am auctioning the ticket starting at $25. You can bid any amount, anything over $20 goes toward my education fundraiser for school in the fall.

So, let’s go to the movies and watch the epic finale!

Contact me directly for bids at germancadenas@gmail.com or (480)238-0749

Potter and I.. 

In 8th grade, my nickname was Harry because I would bring the HP books to school and read them during recess and lunch. That’s how into the Harry Potter books I was. I even believed in magic for a while.

In the last book of the Potter series, Harry and company are forced to hide in a house in the middle of the city for months. They do not leave those premises under any circumstances due to the fear of being caught by the Dark Lord’s army. Harry must stay focused on his mission and sustain long periods of isolation, take on challenges beyond his years, and arm himself with courage to face forces that appear invincible.

There are so many similarities to the “adventure” one embarks on as a DREAM Act student and Harry’s. Our Dark Lord is a broken immigration system, with forces that grow every day and spread everywhere, putting in jeopardy the future of our closest friends and family. Our Order of the Phoenix is a group of few advocates and fewer senators who stand up for what’s right and try their best to protect us. Many of us are forced into isolation in order to avoid risks. Many others choose, like Harry, to risk it all and face the unknown with nothing but courage and that magical resilience inside of us.

I may not be able to cast a Spectro Patronum at abusive law enforcers who, like Dementors , suck the happiness of many communities in Phoenix. I wish I could choose to fly on a broom instead of an airplane so that I wouldn’t be carefully inspected and questioned at the security checkpoints. And I would want to get in a wand duel with one lawmaker or two who, like Death Eaters, have caused chaos in my community. But I do believe in the magic of making things happen. Our imagination can sometimes be a window to the future, and our actions are the magical forces that make what we imagine come true. I imagined myself studying for a doctoral degree and eventually becoming a psychologist. Can I make magic happen? Not without your help!

http://www.gofundme.com/germansdream

En Hispana

Prensa Hispana, “Arizona’s #1 Hispanic Newspaper” published an article about my story that came out in Today’s edition.

The Piece is on section 2A of the paper!

You can read it at the links below

First page http://www.prensahispanaaz.com/paginas_PDF/pageA01.pdf

Article http://www.prensahispanaaz.com/paginas_PDF/pageA02.pdf

You can also access a word document version at this link

Prensa Hispana

Muchas gracias Prensa Hispana! I appreciate the support of mi gente in AZ!!!