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#CloseTheCamps July 20th, 2019 — Ft. Sill

The action at Fort Sill in Lawton, on July 20th, was incredibly important to our community. We took a stand against the dehumanization of our people and the people who seek to see our community as disposable labor, already deported — discarded — only to be replaced by another, indistinguishable in their eyes. …


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Born in Mexico but raised in Oklahoma, Angelica Villalobos is a lead organizer for Dream Action Oklahoma where she works to provide support and lend a helping hand to other Oklahomans struggling on the margins, in our schools, and throughout the community –documented or otherwise. She works to strengthen communities by providing presentations across the state to ensure immigrants and their families know their rights in addition to partnering with other organizations that share common goals and missions. She has previously served as Deportation Defense Coordinator and Advocacy and Outreach Director for DAOK.

In the six years that she has been with DAOK, Angelica has expressed her support of DACA on multiple national interviews with CNN and FOX News. There, she speaks of her fear of deportation and her journey as an activist. As a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient, Angelica understands the transformative power that DACA has. Not knowing she was even undocumented until the age of 18, Angelica lived with a sense of shame and hid in the shadows. In 2012 through DACA she stood up to be counted and has remained standing ever since. In addition to helping immigrants through DAOK, Angelica has received the DOJ (Department of Justice) Accreditation through the Immigration Center at Western Oaks Church of the Nazarene where she helps prepare applications for clients and advises them on available immigration benefits. …


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Can you imagine? Can you imagine being undocumented without being aware of your immigration status, not knowing English, and the many other hardships that come with starting your life over in a new place and making it your new home? Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Guillermo Martinez is DACAmented. He came to the United States, along with his two siblings, when he was about 14 years old.

For Guillermo, making friends and communicating with them was the hardest part of growing up, aside from passing classes and learning a new language. In those days his only concern was making sure his parents could communicate with others, whether they were grocery shopping, paying the bills, or eating out, he was his parents’ voice. …

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