The physicians of Los Angeles + USC Medical Center weren't inside for their normal rounds on Nov. 14. They were outside on the front steps, holding a rally in support of undocumented children and families, who make up a large part of their patients.
As a high school sophomore and DACA recipient, the connections Danny Rodas made through his mentorship program were invaluable to helping him understand the challenges he would face paying for college.
Since September 2017, when President Donald Trump started dismantling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), some 690,000 young adults across the country have been living in a state of flux from news cycle to news cycle.
Mauricio Lopez-Marquez hadn’t wanted to be carted from Mexico City to Santa Fe when he was an undocumented 14-year-old. His parents talked about the amazing opportunity he and his brother Gustavo would have.
The parents who gathered on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall on a recent balmy Sunday morning came from different boroughs and ranged in age but all had one thing in common — all of them had buried a child who had been killed by the police.
Today I was hopeful. I was hopeful because I witnessed several NFL teams defy our current president, DJT, who a famous sports host labeled correctly a “racist and white supremacist,” and who a famous NBA star called “a bum.” DJT had, even before he was elected, ignited a national sense of urgency to resist social injustice in the so-called “mighty USA.”