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Unions Can Protect Workers From Deportation. This Coalition of 3.5 Million Is Showing How.

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Teamsters, Working Families United, National TPS Alliance, LA County Federation of Labor, CARECEN, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) gathered together for a rally'nin Wilmington on Wednesday, October. 3, 2018. This marked the end of a 3-day strike by truckers and warehouse workers. (Photo by Brittany Murray/Digital First Media/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images) 

  • “We don’t ask that the government help take care of us. Just give us residency so we can continue to work hard with our families and move forward.” -- Cesar Rodriguez, the port driver and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holder from Los Angeles
  • Related: The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions.

Heather Gies, In These Times

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http://inthesetimes.com/images/2011/headers/BlogHed_working.gifThursday, Oct 18, 2018 | After more than two decades living, working, and building a family in the United States, Cesar Rodriguez feels his life is in limbo. The driver for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach from El Salvador is one of more than 300,000 immigrants at risk of losing their temporary legal status in the U.S. after the Trump administration scrapped the program for a handful of countries.

“I’m a trucker, and I make my living with my license. Without my license, I lose my job,” Rodriguez told In These Times. “If I lose my job, I would lose everything—even my family, because I wouldn’t have a way to support them.”

Heather Gies <http://inthesetimes.com/community/profile/322906> is a freelance journalist who writes about human rights, resource conflicts and politics in Latin America. She is also an editor at Upside Down World.

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The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions. Nathan Pippenger, Democracy

  • https://3yaxqw1hoybz1qcak31ysc9f-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/FemaleTradeUnion-704x481.jpgThe Nation summarizes an important new finding: Americans of the mid-twentieth century had unions to thank for their booming, egalitarian economy.
  • Related: New Study Confirms That American Workers Are Getting Ripped Off.

 




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More Signs of How Deep the Poison of Traumatizing People Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA

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  • Part 1: This Was Another Sign of How Deep the Poison of Trumpism Has Sunk In
  • The president spent the night in Minnesota demonizing undocumented immigrants as violent criminals—and lying.
  • Part 2: Traumatizing Children Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA
  • How do I expel the bodily pain of witnessing the caging of children of color in a way that motivates people to action?

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Part 1: This Was Another Sign of How Deep the Poison of Trumpism Has Sunk In

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The president spent the night in Minnesota demonizing undocumented immigrants as violent criminals—and lying.

Jack Holmes, Esquire

Jun 21, 2018 | e rarely seem to ask anymore why the President of the United States is continually holding campaign rallies when his next election is more than two years away. It's just another fact of our dangerously surreal new existence: the creeping presence of the Leader and his Movement in all things, and the public demonstrations of that presence. (History, of course, tells us that it's always a good sign when the leader of a strongman regime in a fragile democracy is continually holding rallies.) The results on Wednesday night in Duluth, Minnesota, were predictable.

Donald Trump, American president, spent a great deal of time complaining. He complained about media coverage of this and other rallies, where apparently newspapers and TV networks don't give him enough credit for how many fans he has. He complained about media coverage of the current state of the economy, which often correctly paints it as a continuation of sustained economic gains under his predecessor. He complained that his opponents are described as "elites" when he is "smarter" and "richer" and has "a better apartment." He complained about the media, period, and earned a chant in response from his Huge Number of Fans, You Wouldn't Believe How Many Fans.


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Part 2: Traumatizing Children Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA


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How do I expel the bodily pain of witnessing the caging of children of color in a way that motivates people to action without feeling as though I am offering my very self up for consumption?

AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez, Brown Eyed Amazon / Patheos

June 20, 2018 |There is this cyclical injustice where trauma is inflicted, the traumatized lay their wounds bare attempting to awaken the abuser to what they have done, the abuser momentarily awakens but subsequently forgets, and trauma is inflicted once more. Again and again… like clockwork. The collective pain of the brown community cannot and should not ever serve as a catalyst for white enlightenment.
 
My value as a woman of color is not determined by my ability to sanitize my experiences for a white audience.

I know these things to be true yet I have to work regularly not to internalize the narrative that says that pain is necessary for my very identity and worth to be defined. That narrative has eclipsed my ability to find a voice today.

AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez <> is an IndoLatinx mujerista working to create and agitate her way through the latin diaspora. She is a faith organizer, consultant, public speaker, writer, and visual artist.

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Help enlighten others. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

 

Understanding the Immigrant Experience

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  • Part 1: 12 Excellent Books to Understand the Refugee Experience
  • Twelve books touching on the refugee experience to offer you more insight and understanding.
  • Part 2: Public holds false views on immigration.
  • Americans and Europeans largely buy into right-wing stereotypes about immigrants. The reality is much less frightening.
  • Part 3: Refuting the Most Common Arguments Against Immigration
  • I … address these stereotypes and expunge … these untrue arguments used against immigration.

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Part 1: 12 Excellent Books to Understand the Refugee Experience

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Twelve books touching on the refugee experience to offer you more insight and understanding.

Keith Rice, Signature

http://assets.signature-reads.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/refugee-city-of-thorns.jpg February 6, 2017 | The global community is currently in the midst of a refugee crisis unlike anything seen since WWII. The Syrian Civil War has displaced millions, forcing nearly five million civilians to flee the war-torn country and leaving millions more adrift within its border. The United States has generally been at the forefront of refugee resettlement. However, as with so many issues since the inauguration of Donald Trump, our nation’s refugee program has been thrown into disarray. The president’s executive order halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for ninety days while also halting refugee resettlement for 120 days and refugees from Syria indefinitely is largely a solution seeking a problem. Since the Refugee Act of 1980 created the current system of Refugee vetting, no refugee has been implicated in a single fatal terrorist attack.

The refugee experience is a well-documented and often heartbreaking one. Given the ongoing crisis and the prevalence of refugees as part of an ongoing national conversation – and the need for more compassion and empathy than ever – we’ve pulled together twelve books touching on the refugee experience to offer you more insight and understanding.

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Part 2: Public holds false views on immigration.

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  • Why people believe Donald Trump’s immigration lies — and why it’s time to fight back with truth
  • Americans and Europeans largely buy into right-wing stereotypes about immigrants. Reality is much less frightening.

Amanda Marcotte, Salon

A big part of Donald Trump's strategy to whip up racist hysteria against immigrants is straight-up lying. Last weekend, for instance, Trump breathlessly declared on Twitter that he has "watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13," a lie so ridiculously over the top it would be funny if so many people didn't believe it. Unfortunately, Trump knows his constant stream of tall tales about immigrant gangs controlling American cities will gain traction, no matter how often they're debunked in the media. Research indicates that the public is drastically misinformed about the nature of immigration in the 21st century, making many Americans easy marks for Trump's propaganda.

This week, a new workingpaperfrom Harvard economists was published in the National Bureau of Economic Research that illustrates how dire the situation really is. The researchers surveyed people in six countries — Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the U.S. — and found that native-born people in all six nations had ideas about immigration that were drastically out of step with statistical realities and often much closer to negative stereotypes propagated by the right.

Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon. Her new book, "Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set On Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself," is out now.

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Part 3: Refuting the Most Common Arguments Against Immigration

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Andy Gill, Patheos

Since 1996 the federal government has reportedly deported “at least 1000 people per day.” Personally, I had no idea until I watched this video that ICE has a quota of 400,000 deportations they’re required to meet annually.

Here’s the thing: I’m not saying that immigration is a black and white issue. What I am saying is that we need to be careful to not unnecessarily become self-defeatingly inhumane.

Andy Gill has studied theology for two years in Princeton and graduating from Eastern University stepped into pastoral ministry in southern California. His passion is to communicate on topics such as the pursuit of justice, equality, and how that interacts with one’s faith and theology.Currently he resides in Philadelphia and works with youth. He has been featured on sites such as Relevant  Magazine, Red Letter Christians, ThoughtCatalog, and others.

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Two Things We Can Do to Help Reunite Families

  • I believe history will look back on this moment of how we treat immigrants in our country as a test of faith for which we will all be accountable and which will shape the meaning of faith and the response of a new generation in our future. It is time to act — and to start by reuniting separated migrant children from their families.


Jim Wallis, Sojourners

 

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.presente.org/images/stopdeportations.jpg 7-05-2018 | This past weekend, we saw an incredible outpouring of support for immigrants and asylum seekers to the U.S., with rallies and marches occurring across the country in response to the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy at the border and the consequent separation of thousands of children from their families. More than 700 rallies took place nationwide, as hundreds of thousands of protesters came together to urge the administration to reunite children with their parents and to go much further to protect vulnerable families. Sojourners convened a candlelight prayer vigil on Friday night at the Capitol, before the Saturday march, and called for such vigils across the country. These protests and vigils demonstrate the unity in moral outrage and faith responses since the administration enacted its zero-tolerance policies, and offered a reminder of the need for continued advocacy in the days to come — with a special focus on the separated children and the urgent need to reunite them with their mothers and fathers.

When the administration first announced the details of its enforcement of zero tolerance, voices from both sides of the political aisle decried the inhumane policy that needlessly separated more than 2,300 children from their parents, in especially brutal conditions and often without warning. In a statement issued by the Reclaiming Jesus church elders, we called this “an unbiblical sacrilege that is cruelly contrary to the love of Jesus Christ” and “a terror to families and an infliction of evil on children.” As Christianity Today wrote, “believers of all stripes were united on this one point of public policy. When Jim Wallis and Franklin Graham, and nearly everyone in between, condemn the administration’s policy, it’s practically a miracle. And for this, we should be grateful.”
... And now, we find ourselves on the other side of these marches, the news cycle moving to other important issues that nonetheless distract from the plight of these families. Even though we have spoken out, we now must also do something, not allowing ourselves to be complacent in the fact that we raised our voice.
 
Jim Wallis is president of Sojourners. His new audible spoken-word series, Jim Wallis In Conversation, is available now, as is his book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. 

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"Criminal Aliens" Vs. The West's Crimes Against Humanity, James Thindwa, Portside

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There is not enough space to catalogue all the crimes committed collectively by western countries that now feel besieged by migrants of color.
Related: Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S.
DirtyWars  in Central America.
 

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"Criminal Aliens" Vs. The West's Crimes Against Humanity

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Thousands of people walk down Harbor Drive during the Families Belong Together rally and march in San Diego., Hayne Palmour IV/U-T

  • There is not enough space to catalogue all the crimes committed collectively by western countries that now feel besieged by migrants of color.
  • Related: Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S.DirtyWars  in Central America.

James Thindwa, Portside

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July 4, 2018 | tragic consequence of Donald Trump’s fixation with crimes committed by individual undocumented immigrants is that it overshadows crimes against humanity committed by the United States and its western allies. It is also deepening western denial about its long history of criminality against black and brown people in the Global South and the world over. When Bill O’Reilly challenged him about why he indulges murderous autocrats Donald Trump, in a rare moment candor by an American president pushed back: “What, you think our country is so innocent?” But he went further, “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers.” But to hear Trump talk about immigration, white westerners are the victims of invasion and criminality by “illegal” immigrants. This newfound victimology is in sharp contrast to the reality of who has benefited most from the long history of western criminal invasion and economic subjugation that goes back to the Transatlantic slave trade. 
 
It is not clear what examples Trump had in mind, but I would like to offer a
shortcatalogue of western criminal culpability. How about: The aforementioned enslavement of 20 million Africans; the near extermination of Native Americans; violent colonial invasions and economic domination of the black and brown world; U.S. sanctioned bloody coups against democratically elected regimes in Chile, Iran and Congo, among others; the 2014 American-endorsed coup in Honduras; the invasion of Iraq under false pretense and the resulting in the death of nearly a million people; and the invasion of Libya and killing of Muammar Qaddafi. To be sure the crimes listed here were committed against individuals—witness Nelson Mandela’s long incarceration, the murders of Chile’s Salvador Allende, Congo’s Patrice Lumumba and Qaddafi, and the massacre of civilians by government forces in South Africa (Sharpeville and Soweto) other repressive regimes backed by the U.S.—but fundamentally, they were crimes against humanity, a term born out of the Nuremberg Trials. 

James Thindwa is a community organizer in the Chicago, Illinois, area. He heads Chicago Jobs with Justice, where he organizes for workers rights.

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Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. Dirty Wars  in Central America. Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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  • In our special broadcast from the U.S.-Mexico border, we speak to human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury, who has lived here in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for over 40 years and has been active in the response to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband’s murder and torture. Now she continues to work with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
  • Related: Column - Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate

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