Under current policies, people who are deported are often referred to as “illegals” or even criminals, but deportees can also be called Los Olvidados – The Forgotten. Both those who are removed from the community and those who are left behind become The Forgotten unless the rest of the community acknowledges these disappearances. Deportations are a daily occurrence throughout Santa Barbara County. Attention to this issue within the UCSB community has recently increased as student Cindy Reyna, a former KCSB News reporter and college senior, is currently being threatened with deportation. Cindy has already received significant support, as evidenced by the thousands of signatures gathered quickly on a petition on her behalf. Cindy Reyna is not only one of the many undocumented community members living in Santa Barbara but also one of the many undocumented students attending UCSB.
During “Los Olvidados,” a panel of experts will make statements and KCSB will also incorporate recorded testimonials by individuals who have been impacted by implementation of these policies. After these initial presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of our panel, to be comprised of the following special guests: Isabel Garcia, an Immigration Rights Attorney from Tucson AZ; Arnold S. Jaffe, a Santa Barbara Immigration Attorney; Nayra Pacheco, a member of the UCSB IDEAS organization (“Improving Dreams Equality Access and Success”); and Noemi Duran, a member of the organizing committee for California Opportunity and Prosperity Act (COPA).KCSB welcomes the general public to participate in “Los Olvidados,” part of a series of radio programs and public events commemorating KCSB’s 50th Anniversary. Simultaneous Spanish translation will be provided, and the meeting will be recorded and broadcast later. This free event kicks off with a 630pm reception featuring the art of Alyssa Guerra Brown; the meeting begins at 7pm with an introduction by KCSB’s Associate News Director Elizabeth Gutierrez, will be moderated by KCSB News Director Monica Lopez, and co-facilitated by KCSB Assistant Engineer Christina Min.
This event is part of a series of radio programs and public events commemorating KCSB’s 50th anniversary throughout the 2011-2012 school year. The meeting will be recorded and broadcast at a later date.
KCSB thanks La Casa de la Raza for co-presenting “Los Olvidados.” La Casa de la Raza is at 601 E. Montecito St. near downtown Santa Barbara. KCSB intends to continue its quarterly series of Town Hall events on different topics of interest to our community, with the goal of later or live broadcast.