At Netroots Nation, DREAMer Felipe Matos had his own chat with Dan Pfeiffer

Both John and I were on Netroots Nation panels with Felipe Matos. He’s one of the DREAM students who walked from Miami to Washington DC last year on the Trail of Dreams. He’s a rock star — and he’s gay. His partner, Juan Rodriguez, did that long walk with him last year.

At Netroots Nation, Felipe had a conversation with Dan Pfeiffer about the DREAM Act — and Obama’s ability to use his executive authority to prevent deportations of DREAMers. (The White House answer sounds like “We have to defend DOMA. It’s the law.”– Until, of course, they didn’t have to defend DOMA. And, they don’t have to deport DREAMers.)

Felipe is fearless.

Here’s a photo of Juan, Felipe and me at Netroots Nation (and big thanks to Joan McCarter for taking the picture):


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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