[Coco] Diego Barizo

Mark Marlette mark at cloud9tech.com
Tue Apr 3 22:41:14 EDT 2007


I had this same conversation with Boisy.

He risked it all. He was happy at the fest. He spoke with passion.

I am honored to have met him and hope to do so again someday. I had 
no idea of his situation at the time.

Coming to the US, dodging everything that has been thrown at him, 
looking over your shoulder constantly wears on a person. He still had a smile.

I tip my hat to you Diego, my friend.


At 4/3/2007 09:22 PM, you wrote:

>On Tue, Apr 03, 2007 at 08:36:53PM -0500, Roger Taylor wrote:
> > At 09:50 PM 4/2/2007, you wrote:
> > >Send a note, that anyone and everyone near his present location, 
> that can
> > >go
> > >to his hearing before the judge, needs to go.
> > >
> > >Someone should also  be calling and emailing senators/congressmen in that
> > >area.
> >
> > >Also, his  boss/friends where he lives should also try to be 
> present at his
> > >hearing, so  the judge sees he is a member of the community in good
> > >standing,
> > >with many  friends and acquaintances.
> >
> >
> > I don't think any of that matters in these cases, Mary.
> >
> > I had no idea he was a illegal.  The country is probably 2% the same
> > so why they pick on the good guys is beyond me, but the law is not
> > something you can take your friends down to the courtroom to change.
>Back in the dark ages while I was going to school I got to know a few people
>that tried to over stay their student's visa. When they got caught and were
>up for their deportation hearing a few of us went as "character" witnesses.
>It didn't help a bit then and these days with the sensitivity towards illegal
>aliens I'll bet that things have only gotten worse over the years.
>There are a few areas that we can help however. The first is helping him deal
>with his possessions here in the US and helping him get them back 
>The other area is if/when he tries to come back to the US. Having 
>references may
>help. In any case I knew of Diego by reputation and when I met him 
>at the fest I
>found him to be a very likable person.
>We should keep in mind that he knew what the risk was when he came 
>to the fest and
>yet he felt that it was important enough to take that risk to go. As 
>impressed as I
>was by/with him at the fest the thought that going to the fest was 
>important enough
>to him to risk everything over makes him more impressive in my mind. 
>How many of us
>have ever risked all for anything?
>I'm sure I'm going to get more then my fair share of hate mail for 
>saying this but
>since it looks like there's going to be a "last cocofest" again next 
>year I would like
>everyone to give a little more of themselves and make an extra 
>effort to not only go
>to the 2008 "last cocofest" but to help make it the best fest ever. 
>I remember that
>everytime I saw Diego during the fest on sunday I noticed that he 
>was smiling almost
>ear to ear. He was having a great time.
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