I Have A Dream

October 12, 2011 6:00 am

"There are two types of laws: there are just laws and there are unjust laws...What is the difference between the two?...An unjust law is a man-made code that is out of harmony with the moral law...Paul Tillich has said that sin is separation. Isn't segregation an existential expression of man's tragic separation, an expression of his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfulness?" 

– Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

After meeting with officials yesterday Rabby, Nousher and I visited memorials. Photographs don't do the new Martin Luther King Memorial justice. It was awe inspiring. The memorial speaks to the three American themes that I hold most dear -democracy, justice and hope.

The memorial brings one of Dr. King's quotes to life - "Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope." Two granite rocks represent the mountain and from them the greater than life statue of Dr. King emerges. It is absolutely magnificent.

When we arrived it was sunset and the sky cast a pink tinge on the white stone. When we left it was dark and the two water walls where 14 of Dr. King's uplifting quotes are inscribed glowed with light.

This quote (below) that is inscribed on the right side of the statue should be a call to all humanity to rise up. If you are going to rally around a cause, make it a cause that will improve lives, not destroy them. If you are going to put energy into making a change, make it be a change that will advance people and contribute to the better good.

There are two curving walls that have inscribed on them some of Dr. King's most famous words of wisdom. View these walls at night. The letters jump off of the granite to pierce the darkness. If every American put the words of Dr. King into action we would have a united, prosperous nation. 

This is a beautiful tribute and a gorgeous monument.  I am happy I got to view it for the first time with two people who appreciate the values of democracy, justice and hope.

To the foreign workers, I say listen to the words of Dr. King. Listen to Dr. King speak eloquently about the American Dream here in his own voice. Never give up hope. Everyone deserves to hope for a better future for themselves and their families. Don't let people put you down because you believe in what is right and you hold hope. Pursue justice always, whether it is collecting unpaid wages or fighting to stay in a place that you contributed years of your life to building. 

I believe that the principles of our nation should be more than words on paper. There are many who believe that there should be no exceptions to pursuing these values. There are people in power who do not believe the American values and principles should be cast aside to meet racist agendas, to allow one group to maintain political power over another, to maintain two tiered-societies,  to feed the rich and starve the poor, or to create communities where the largest segment of the population is denied of rights, freedoms and franchisement. That is not my country, that is not America. There are people who know that you have been wronged and who want to make it right. Listen to Dr. King's words and be inspired: Click here.

I have a dream that someday in the United States of America foreign workers will be regarded as future citizens rather than as disposable commodities.


Anonymous said...

now this time all cnmi workers must be unite to support your best for your family and ms.wendy and mr.rabby .who is really working hard for you...please dont be selfish and greedy for your self to have CW-1 status..this status have no right/justice....you have to move back home one by one....why are you guys not understand to stay united...dont be fear justice with you always once you united...you must believe in jesus christ x-mas on the way...his spirit with you to help on this matter...dont give up...lets stop work together by 27th november....until we dont get justice.....amen..

Anonymous said...

ms.wendy and mr.rabby,
i request you to please reach to UN-united nation also international (CNN,FOX,aljejeera)etc...media to show this CNMI unhumanity on USA soil.its so bad....lets pull out this news to world level so world can see.. the fact of CNMI/US corrupted rule maker..this rule doesnt have justice...where is the JUSTICE? we are all here is not illegal we have right to ask them on what basis they are making ue illegal.. we came here legally...we supported to CNMI economy from such a long time....please ask to UN if they have any solution for this un humanity ...they have no right to send back all legal workers...most are here from such a long time.. they lost them home/land back home...CNMI is them home.. what they should do? may be suicide ?? no choice for them..why CNMI dont follow them law to send them back by every year...its not workers fault....them fault to keep them for 5 or 10/15/20 years.so USA must provide greencard.because CNMI didnt follow commonwealth laws for all alien workers.they abuse/discriminate/corrupt alien workers/related laws....IS THIS IN COVENENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN cnmi AND FEDERAL ?? IS IT HUMANITY TO GIVE PAIN INNOCENT WORKERS WHO CONTRIBUTE LOT TO THIS CNMI.please guys be a humanbeing.lets help,,

Kelvin Rodeo said...

Wendy, is there a way I can contact you through email? There is much that I would like to discuss with you.

Wendy Doromal said...

Hi Kelvin -

The email is doromal@earthlink.net.

Anonymous said...

I have that same dream. Thank you mom Wendy for helping us always.

Anonymous said...

I respect you as a person of conscience, but you are giving false hope to many desperate people. These people, instead of making preparations to leave if they have no legal status after Nov 27, will make no preparations in the belief that "something will work out." Then they will be blindsided when the inevitable happens.

I know you want them all to get status. I do too. But USCIS has issued its guidelines and there is not going to be a radical change to what has been laid out. If Kilili's bill passes, there will be some additional help for some people, but that's it.

Everyone, if you don't have an employer getting CW for you, or you cannot get an H visa, green card or parole in place before Nov 28, you need to start preparing to leave NOW so that you can avoid deportation and keep the ability to come back (MAYBE) later on.

Is that fair? No. Is it the reality? Yes.

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 8:16 It is not your place to tell me what my message is, or should be. Feel free to deliver your message. I will send my message to the workers upon my return after my meetings are done.

Anonymous said...


please tell us what to pack. we own nothing. we have no ticket money. we have no place to go. so maybe uscis can make a new q and a saying what to do if employer doesn't pay you and you have no US kid. who pays our ticket? who gets the money our bosses owe us and never pay? we want answers.

Anonymous said...

Who will pay? Probably the same people who will pay the CNMI government pensions after three years.

Whole elements of CNMI society are in abject denial.

A practical thing one should do is get a Philippine passport for U.S. citizen children whose parents are RP citizens. Those without children in the CNMI have saved on that score.

Anonymous said...

Wendy, you are giving false hope to people you know are desperate. I think what you are doing is wrong.

I'm not absolving the CNMI or US governments for putting these people in this position. I know it will break up families. I know people who are owed wages will lose that money forever. I'm truly sorry. If I had the power, I would do things differently. But I don't, and neither do you.

As for "my place," I call it like I see it and I don't apologize for it. I sympathize with these people. They are victims of truly rotten politics. But many of them see you as more than the private citizen you are... you are their advocate. You owe them the truth, whether it was your desired outcome or not.


the teacher said...

The NMI will soon see an influx of FAS citizens (that will soon be eligible for food stamps) that will make employment for current guest workers tougher and tougher forever. FAS persons and young citizens will be eventually be our future labor base, although young citizens will face low wages for a long time.

I don’t expect anyone other than criminals to be deported though, don’t expect any improved status, don’t expect the economy to improve in the near future, and workers here will have a similar status to what they always had, the status quo as usual. Non-payment issues will remain the same or worsen on supply/demand alone. Corruption, the biggest hindrance for new investment, will worsen on supply/demand as well. Alien owned businesses will enter into verbal employment contracts which workers will agree to for a CW permit and workers will pay their own fees to get one. Long time workers are willing to pay CW fees because the new SNAP program will allow them to receive food stamps, making the scheme profitable for both the worker, because food stamps in Saipan is better off than the entire third world, and the business owner who will have ridiculously cheap labor from the most obedient work force anywhere. Small business employers will start withholding pay and workers will not mention it for fear of losing their CW card.

The food stamp situation promises to get real interesting. Joining the US will mean a lot more money because thousands of long time residents will qualify that can’t now. Local citizens that currently draw will face more scrutiny and many CNMI government employees that currently receive benefit will be ineligible, and when local citizens see aliens receiving food stamps that they can’t get, angry won’t be the word for it. And how will the NMI pay the required contribution? How can they contract more debt, even if it is a worthwhile program, when the NMI retirement obligations aren’t met?

USCIS has stabilized the place with clear rules which they have broadcast far and wide to employers, workers, advocates, and any potential investor interested enough to listen or read it. But stabilizing ineptitude and ineffectiveness will NOT WORK, we have too many economic problems that are getting worse! We are near a national emergency in power, water, unemployment, education, health care, and every area, and that is before the retirement collapses and everyone loses health care and a stipend to live on.

Wendy Doromal said...

8:16 It is not your place as a mere anonymous commenter to suggest what I should or should not do or say. You are not my employer, my friend, or anything to me but an anonymous commenter. I replied to you and all who have the "false hope" comment in my latest post.