Author Archives: Elliot Margolies

Build Bridges Not Walls

I met Alberto on the 12th of December in the central park of Xela, Guatemala. He is a “Guatemalteco” (a term used to describe someone from Guatemala) and he is around thirty years old. Like many others that day he was celebrating the “Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe”, a day which celebrates the belief that man encountered the Virgin ... Read More »

Pregnant and Hopeful (Mexico)

With my ripped blue jeans, and a white shirt, I touched my belly knowing that I was pregnant. At that moment I knew I had to leave Mexico for my child. I kept on saying in my head, “lo tengo que hacer por mi hijo” I have to do it for my son. Born in 1981, I grew up in ... Read More »

Navy Family Finds California Hospitable (Cayman Islands)

I was born in 1943 in Louisiana. I lived in a small yet prosperous neighborhood of mostly black families, one or two Mexican families. No white people. Similarly to all the scary stories that were told to the white people about us blacks, we heard many stories about the white people that made us on edge. One chant they used ... Read More »

Never Give Up (Mexico)

Estoy orgulloso de lo que soy y de lo que me he convertido. Estoy orgulloso de mi esposo y mis 4 hijos. I am proud of who I am and what I’ve become. I am proud of my Husband and my 4 children that I deeply love. I was born in Michoacan, Mexico on July 31, 1988. I was the ... Read More »

Ever’s Story

Ever is a teacher who was one of our featured storytellers at the “Walk of DREAMers” event. He shares personal stories of what it is like to grow up undocumented – facing loss and disappointment while determining to to keep his dreams alive. After two major setbacks, Ever opens a new door that gives him freedom and hope. Read More »

For My Daughters

As I was to begin this journey, all I could think about was getting to my daughters and being able to hold them in my arms. I also wanted to see those same little girls grow old and follow the future that I hoped they get to have when I move to Los Estados Unidos, where dreams come true. It ... Read More »

Loyal to my Royal Soil (Tonga)

I came from nothing, running from cops handcuffing. I had to make it out so my family could stop suffering. This was the moment I knew I had to search for a better life, a better future, and I found that in America. My name is Siaosi (George) Kuli Vanisi and I grew up on an island in the south ... Read More »

Big Dream From a Little Village

Having a big dream is hard for anyone especially when you are living in a poor hopeless place and where you would have to end up leaving your family and the place you were born. Living in Haiti was hard. It was scary. It was very dangerous. Anyone can die or get robbed or get hurt by the environment in ... Read More »

Refugee From Civil War in El Salvador

Martin Baro – one of the clergy killed by soldiers at the University 1989 The university was surrounded by soldiers. We saw them take out the priests. Then shot them and we saw their blood stain the floor . Everything in their head was leaking out and their eyes still open. They were still breathing. I haven’t been able to ... Read More »

Myriam – “Walk of DREAMers”

Myriam was one of our featured storytellers at the “Walk of DREAMers” event in April 2017. She’s a high school student in Redwood City and an active member of the Dream Club there. She wonders about a classmate from the Republican Club who gives her pause. Read More »

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