"Brothers and Sisters, you must come out! Come out to your parents, come out to your friends, if indeed they are your friends, come out to your neighbors, come out to your fellow workers. Once and for all, let's break down the myth and destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake, for their sake. For the sake of all the youngsters who've been scared." - Harvey Milk
The day is almost here. On March 10th, undocumented youth all over this country will finally come out the shadows and lay claim to their own futures launching us into our week of action, the National Coming out of the Shadows week (March 15th to the 21st). No longer will we let ourselves be intimidated, scared and ashamed. We have worked long and hard, we have risen to meet every challenge and we have made this country a better place for all. And yet, we are relegated to live in fear. So let us come out and end this fear.
Yes, we are undocumented. We do not have those nine magic numbers. We are without papers. But we are not and have never been without identities, without dreams, without hope for the future. The time is NOW to claim our identities, our country, our rights, and our dreams.
And it begins with YOU. It is your time to come out as an undocumented youth. But you are not alone. Hundreds of thousands of promising young people, just like yourself, are making the decision to come out with you. Together, we are coming out of the shadows, leaving behind the fear and the broken promise of the American Dream. We are empowering ourselves to seek a better future, a future in which we are respected, in which our families live with dignity, in which our American Dream is possible.
We know that coming out as undocumented is a terrifying thought for many of us. But we also know that the experience is empowering and liberating for each of us, as well as for all of us as a community. We have created a guide to coming out to help you work through your fears and come up with coming out plan that is right for you. You can find that guide here. Additionally, you can contact us for help in planning your coming out. We are here to support each other through this process!
We have prepared a guide to help you get going, in addition to different levels of coming out, check it out here: Coming out, A How to Guide.
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I pray for the youth for this very reason. Will you pray with me?
Dear heavenly Father, I know You are looking lovingly on Your children who are lost, please be with the children of the world, healing their internal wounds and bring them closer to You and Your love. Let them grow to know that they don't need to label themselves with identities of this world but to only know Your Son, our Savior. Father, please break down these tricks of the enemy and let them not touch the children, protect them even from the thoughts that try to creep into their minds. Lord, my nephews and nieces belong to You. The children in the daycare I work at and the children my mom takes care of are known to You. The students in the schools who are being indoctrinated are created by You and You know them all inside and out, their hearts and their weaknesses, their strengths and their trials. Please bring the right influences into their lives to help them see there is another Way and that He is the only way to freedom and true independence. We can feel free to be ourselves only as we grow in relationship with You. God, You have helped me to keep in my heart, "And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." and You have brought me through my childhood, even now on the eve of my twenty-first birthday, so please also be the ever-present help that they will call on and be saved.