UN Speaker with Autism Encourages Dreamers to “Take a Day Off”

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Autism advocate Jesse Saperstein challenges DACA decision

Jesse Saperstein

The economic consequence of this daylong strike will hopefully shock Congress (and even our president) with a heavy dose of common sense to reverse this draconian legislation.

A 35-year-old autism advocate is sending a powerful request to the 800,000 Dreamers. Stay home from work on Monday, October 2nd! Jesse Saperstein is asking for all Dreamers and those who identify as illegal immigrants to give notice that they will not be babysitting, providing healthcare services, fixing cars, or performing their regular contributions on October 2nd as long as it will not endanger their employment. “The economic consequence of this daylong strike will hopefully shock Congress (and even our president) with a heavy dose of common sense to reverse this draconian legislation,” says Jesse. He is also asking for the support of the news media and entertainment industry to mobilize behind this plan and remind us that the presidency is more powerful than one individual.

Jesse is disturbed by the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). He is not an immigrant or the child of immigrants, but like many people on the autism spectrum, he is distressed by changes in routine. Jesse therefore empathizes with those who may be forced away from everything they have known and cherished for years. Some Dreamers in Texas, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, have had their souls destroyed twice in less than two weeks by losing their house and now potentially the nation they consider “home!” “We are looking not toward America’s future but an unnecessary, man-made nightmare for Dreamers and our economic infrastructure,” warns Jesse.

Despite living with one of the mildest forms of autism, the obstacles for Jesse Saperstein have been anything but benign. His realities with Asperger’s syndrome used to include societal fear, near-constant bullying, and chronic unemployment. He now juggles several responsibilities at a human service agency and lives independently in Albany. He has also published two books with Penguin Group (USA) and addressed the United Nations advocating for more autism-related initiatives in April, 2014. While Jesse’s former realities are mostly in the past, he has never forgotten what it used to feel like and finally has a chance to keep a promise that was made a long time ago. After his suffering finally stopped, he would use that newfound peace to fight for others who are oppressed and desperately need our collective voices!

For more information, visit: http://www.jessesaperstein.com.

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