As a real-life superhero, she’s just the thing to boost the morale of embattled DREAM Act advocates. Backed by the North Carolina DREAM Team, one Luchadora DREAMer is using her sporting celebrity as a springboard for a national debate on a just policy solution for undocumented students.
It’s her biggest fight yet, reports Jorge Rivas at Colorlines:
Alicia Torres Don is a luchadora who fights in the wrestling ring but she’s also fighting a daily struggle to keep her mother alive. And that’s just the beginning of her story.
The short film “The Fighter” by Josh David follows Don and illustrates the complexities of the lives that many DREAMers face outside of their organizing efforts.
In the ring she is known as La Aguila Dorada, or the Golden Eagle, a luchadora character Don says she developed around her fight for justice and what is right. However, outside the ring she is best known for another fight: for the rights of undocumented youth that she says are living in a state of fear and uncertainty inside the U.S.
“La Aguila Dorada” is a member of the N.C. Dream Team. (Colorlines.com has reported on their actions previously.)
“When I’m down and getting beat, I’m not thinking that I’m down — I’m thinking how the hell do I get out of this,” Don says in the video.
“The more involved and the more active you become, the more you realize that you’re not going to be able to do it forever — you get burned out, honestly and all of it is a result of my status and how hard it is to be an undocumented immigrant in the United States,” Don goes on to say.
Paul Cuadros at Huffington Post reports on the campaign that brings these masked rebels onto the political stage:
Members of the North Carolina Dream Team are used to taking on fearsome foes, whether demonstrating for the DREAM Act, the federal legislation that would allow students without papers to attend college and get legal, or organizing campaigns to keep undocumented youth from being deported. Now female members are donning masks to get in the ring and literally grapple with their opponents to help raise support for their cause.
“I think people’s minds have been opened more,” says Victoria Bouloubasis, a member of the NC Dream Team and a luchadora herself. “A lot of people care but they have never been politically aware or engaged.”
Here’s a video of a Durham, NC match by Brandon Hoe:
And some iron-pumping agit-prop: