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#WeAllGrow presents La Historia Uncovered created by Julissa Arce

WeAllGrow presents La Historia Uncovered with Julissa Arce event details

La Historia Uncovered is a series of thought-provoking conversations led by bestselling author Julissa Arce with guest authors & journalists that will inspire listeners and strengthen knowledge of the deep roots and history of the Latinx community in the United States.

Uncover the lesser-known history of the Latinx community in America during Latinx Heritage Month in this series presented by #WeAllGrow Latina Network. 

Julissa will be in conversation with Ed Morales, author of Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Ricodiscussing the colonial history of the US in Puerto Rico and the revelations about that relationship brought about by Hurricane Maria.

For more information and registration, visit the WeAllGrow website.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA 9001
Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568588995
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Published: Bold Type Books - September 10th, 2019

A crucial, clear-eyed accounting of Puerto Rico's 122 years as a colony of the US.


Since its acquisition by the US in 1898, Puerto Rico has served as a testing ground for the most aggressive and exploitative US economic, political, and social policies. The devastation that ensued finally grew impossible to ignore in 2017, in the wake of Hurricane María, as the physical destruction compounded the infrastructure collapse and trauma inflicted by the debt crisis. In Fantasy Island, Ed Morales traces how, over the years, Puerto Rico has served as a colonial satellite, a Cold War Caribbean showcase, a dumping ground for US manufactured goods, and a corporate tax shelter. He also shows how it has become a blank canvas for mercenary experiments in disaster capitalism on the frontlines of climate change, hamstrung by internal political corruption and the US federal government's prioritization of outside financial interests.


Taking readers from San Juan to New York City and back to his family's home in the Luquillo Mountains, Morales shows us the machinations of financial and political interests in both the US and Puerto Rico, and the resistance efforts of Puerto Rican artists and activists. Through it all, he emphasizes that the only way to stop Puerto Rico from being bled is to let Puerto Ricans take control of their own destiny, going beyond the statehood-commonwealth-independence debate to complete decolonization.

Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316481700
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

A remarkable true story from social justice advocate and national bestselling author Julissa Arce about her journey to belong in America while growing up undocumented in Texas.

Born in the picturesque town of Taxco, Mexico, Julissa Arce was left behind for months at a time with her two sisters, a nanny, and her grandma while her parents worked tirelessly in America in hopes of building a home and providing a better life for their children. That is, until her parents brought Julissa to Texas to live with them. From then on, Julissa secretly lived as an undocumented immigrant, went on to become a scholarship winner and an honors college graduate, and climbed the ladder to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs.

This moving, at times heartbreaking, but always inspiring story will show young readers that anything is possible. Julissa's story provides a deep look into the little-understood world of a new generation of undocumented immigrants in the United States today--kids who live next door, sit next to you in class, or may even be one of your best friends.

My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455540266
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Published: Center Street - September 19th, 2017

A National Bestseller!

What does an undocumented immigrant look like? What kind of family must she come from? How could she get into this country? What is the true price she must pay to remain in the United States?

JULISSA ARCE knows firsthand that the most common, preconceived answers to those questions are sometimes far too simple-and often just plain wrong.

On the surface, Arce's story reads like a how-to manual for achieving the American dream: growing up in an apartment on the outskirts of San Antonio, she worked tirelessly, achieved academic excellence, and landed a coveted job on Wall Street, complete with a six-figure salary. The level of professional and financial success that she achieved was the very definition of the American dream. But in this brave new memoir, Arce digs deep to reveal the physical, financial, and emotional costs of the stunning secret that she, like many other high-achieving, successful individuals in the United States, had been forced to keep not only from her bosses, but even from her closest friends.

From the time she was brought to this country by her hardworking parents as a child, Arce-the scholarship winner, the honors college graduate, the young woman who climbed the ladder to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs-had secretly lived as an undocumented immigrant. In this surprising, at times heart-wrenching, but always inspirational personal story of struggle, grief, and ultimate redemption, Arce takes readers deep into the little-understood world of a generation of undocumented immigrants in the United States today- people who live next door, sit in your classrooms, work in the same office, and may very well be your boss. By opening up about the story of her successes, her heartbreaks, and her long-fought journey to emerge from the shadows and become an American citizen, Arce shows us the true cost of achieving the American dream-from the perspective of a woman who had to scale unseen and unimaginable walls to get there.

Alguien como yo: La lucha de una niña por alcanzar el sueño americano Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593081532
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Published: Vintage Espanol - April 7th, 2020

Entre las sombras del Sueño Americano: Mi historia real de cómo siendo una inmigrante indocumentada llegué a ser una ejecutiva de Wall Street Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455597192
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Published: Center Street - November 29th, 2016