To who may find themselves behind this screen in the coming terms, you’re in for a (possibly) life-changing experience. I am a History Major here at UCSD, and this class has become one of my favorites due to the hands-on experience it brings as a historian and community organizer. I worked with Detainee Allies, an organization that connects to, and provides resources to their detained friends. Regardless of your major, this class has something to offer for everyone. Hopefully this class is better structured and organized when you take it, because it was still new when I took it, so sometimes things were all overRead More →

Group: Thomas Konrad, Saul Miranda-Cardenas, RJ Garcia, Axuni Martinez Detainee Allies started in June 2018 in San Diego as a group of concerned friends and neighbors sitting around a table in the Del Cerro neighborhood. They were all upset how bad people were being treated, and nothing was being done to help. Some of them have never done anything like this before; some of them are long-time community volunteers, or activists. With their combined knowledge, they understood how limited they were in ways of helping. It came down to one simple way they could help, which was donating money. Unfortunately, they do not have moreRead More →

A collection of letters written by Venezuelan detained migrants covering the topics of their life in Venezuela, conflict, their detained experience, and their collaboration with Detainee Allies. These letters were written by six people whose identities are kept anonymous, known only by their initials: E. L., S. G., A. R., M. W., and M. R. These writers come from diverse backgrounds, but share similar experiences throughout their journey, fleeing from many called the worst humanitarian, economic, and political crisis in Venezuela. Due to the sensitivity of their detained situation, not much is known of them other than what is written. With rising corruption and resistanceRead More →

Short term or long term, any contribution towards a form of resistance sparks change, although it may not always be sudden. Although my classmates and I have only been with Detainee Allies this term, and the original organizers are in it for the long run, the experience and sharing of stories is something which has impacted my learning experience, both on and off the academic environment. Newsletters, letter reading and writing, and building connections are some of the few aspects which Detainee Allies does throughout the current humanitarian crisis at the border. Our class group and I have contributed to the newsletter and going toRead More →

A collection of letters written by Venezuelan detained migrants covering the topics of their life in Venezuela, conflict, their detained experience, and their collaboration with Detainee Allies. These letters were written by six people whose identities are kept anonymous, known only by their initials: E. L., S. G., A. R., M. W., and M. R. With rising corruption and resistance throughout Venezuela caused by various political and economic factors, these letters portray the injustices they fled, only to be met by another at the US-MX border. Many recall what is considered the ‘worst humanitarian crisis in the history of Venezuela,’ telling of physical abuse, foodRead More →

The further I dive into the work that Detainee Allies does, I realize how much time, energy, and passion go into humanitarian projects such as theirs. It began as letter writing but has since evolved into a greater organization consisting of newsletters, informative videos, community organizing, and hosting numerous fundraisers to donate to migrants. Also, projects like these that expose the harsh reality of detained migrants in the united states, along with their stories of life back home can take really impact one emotionally. Reading of one’s abuse and denial of medical treatment make me wish that there was more I could do. At timesRead More →

Tall murals, vibrant colors, and revolutionary imagery; all of this under a concrete jungle that is the Coronado Bridge. History comes together in many forms, and Chicano Park is the artistic expression and connection of years of struggle in Logan. When I came here for the first time, I was in awe of how the tall highway pillars were turned into murals, reclaiming land and culture through a living, evolving, ceremonial park.Read More →

First learning about Detainee Allies and the work they do was eye-opening, but working closely with the founders/organizers of, is a whole new experience. During the presentation of Detainee Allies on day one, it was pretty emotional regarding the work that they do, and the experience of detained friends. I read a few articles and followed a few social media pages that do similar work, but meeting the people who do the work behinds the scenes opens up the reality of organizing, combating injustice. They currently have two grad student interns at SDSU, and they are the students our group will be working with. DetailsRead More →