Considering the fact that
elections are coming up next week and that I recently changed my major to
Political Sciences/International Studies, I've been thinking a lot about how
politics influence life so much that we don't even notice anymore.
One of the things that have made
me think about it lately is the fact that many of my friends are becoming more
interested in the outcomes of the elections because they will be affected by
them. Specifically, some of my friends, who unfortunately don't have the documentation
to live and work legally in this country, have been greatly affected by the
fact that they have to pay higher tuition (out of state tuition) even if they
live within the county and graduated from MCPS high schools, which puts a
burden on their pockets and lives.
The election ballot in Maryland
is going to contain a series of referendums that relate to certain aspects of
the daily life of people living in this state. Among those questions, there is
Question 4, which has been more commonly referred as the Dream Act Referendum.
This referendum, in case of
getting enough votes, will allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition
at MC and other Maryland colleges and universities making their lives a lot
easier and college education more affordable.
The Montgomery College's Board of
Trustees actually voted to support the DREAM act back on September, and the
college has had many activities to support the referendum.
For example, the Latin Student
Union at the TPSS campus set up a table for the past four weeks in which members
of the club approached students and urged them to vote and support the question
Yesterday, the LSU hosted a
performance at the Cultural Arts Center, in which Salvadorian poet, actor, and
activist Quique Aviles and Musician Manuel Sanchez narrate the story of a
DREAMer who came to the US as a teenager and had to struggle to finish high
school and attend college. The monologue was based on a real story, and it was
a very enjoyable performance that actually made the audience realize of the
struggles that young undocumented people have to suffer because they are
lacking the legal documentation to succeed in this country. One of my best
friends, Karina Velasco, addressed and explained to the audience what the DREAM
Act was and how it would help people just like her. I’m so proud of her because
she has been one of the people who had done a lot for this cause at the
college. I really admire her courage to fight for something that will be part
of history, and she’s one of the reasons why I feel so passionate about getting
people to vote in favor of this referendum. (Love you Karina!!! <3)
So, I’m using this blog entry, in
the name of my friends and other students who would be benefited by this law,
to ask you that if you’re qualified to vote during these elections, please vote
yes to the Maryland In State Tuition Referendum (QUESTION 4)
It’s a very important issue and a big part of
the student body in MC will actually be impacted by the outcomes of this
See you next week!