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Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act

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  • The DREAM Act was specifically cited in the Department of Defense's FY2010-12 Strategic Plan<> to help the military "shape and maintain a mission-ready All Volunteer Force."
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  • Stop the Militarization of the DREAM Act!
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  • US eyes more troops for Afghanistan
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The Progress Report, Think Progress

This week (Sep 12-18), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that he will move a defense authorization bill next week that includes the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, along with a measure that begins the process of repealing the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) policy. The DREAM Act is an immigration bill that would put undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. as children on a path to citizenship through completion of higher education or military service.

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While the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to include the DADT measure earlier this year, Reid has promised to attach the DREAM Act provisions to the defense measure and has scheduled a vote on proceeding to the bill for next week. Meanwhile, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) -- which, while consistently supportive of the DREAM Act, has long argued that it must be part of a comprehensive immigration bill -- announced its support. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who plans on introducing comprehensive legislation in October, stated on Wednesday that he backs a vote on the DREAM act without amendments "so we can know who stands with those students." That night, at the gala dinner for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, President Obama promised to help win passage of the DREAM Act and assured Latinos that he was not walking away from immigration reform.

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Stop the Militarization of the DREAM Act! Comite Anti-Militarizacion (CAMI), in Change.org
Comite Anti-Militarizacion (CAMI) supports higher education for all students both documented and undocumented; however, we denounce the military component of the DREAM ACT. Unfortunately, this deadly component is strategically excluded from the debate by many Democrats and organizations who support the DREAM ACT.

US eyes more troops for Afghanistan, PressTV, in Citizens for Legitimate Government

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  • The mission comes in addition to the 30,000 extra troops sent by US President Barack Obama to bolster the unpopular war.
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  • "Hope-and-Change," A Hoax
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The 'Great Wall of America' and the Threat From Within

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  • The irony remains: The land of the free that the wall was built to protect — the literal "homeland," soil so infused with sacred legend it was deemed by the makers of the Constitution more important than blood in determining citizenship — is threatened from within. And the wall that is supposed to proscribe the beginning of America becomes the place where America ends.
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  • Great empires expand beyond their own borders. Empires in decline build walls.
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Richard Rodriguez, New America Media

Between cynicism and hypocrisy lies the 2,000-mile U.S.- Mexico border. America is raising a wall in the desert to separate Mexican drug exporters from American drug consumers, to separate Latin American peasants who will work for low wages from the Americans who would hire them.

The Great Wall of America, straddling less than half the length of the border, descends into canyons and across the desert floor. For the Mexican, it represents a high hurdle. For the American, it is an attempt to stop the Roadrunner's progress with an Acme Border Sealing Kit.

In some places the wall is made of tennis-court-style cyclone fencing or dark mesh of the sort used for barbeque grills in public parks. In other places the wall is a palisade of 20-foot-tall bars that make a cage of both sides. The most emphatic segments are constructed of graffiti-ready slabs of steel.

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The Emmys: As White As Ever

Up to and including this year, there have been only 53 non-white actors nominated for Emmys out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top four acting categories for drama and comedy.

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Regina King, Huffington Post

Since the Emmy ceremony, I have been going back and forth about whether or not I should compose this letter. I try hard in my daily life not to engage in uncomfortable situations regarding race. But sometimes it's very difficult to find other reasons that better explain why certain events play out the way they do. It is impossible for me to ignore the published statistics regarding the number of people of color mentioned, celebrated or honored in the history of the televised Emmys. Up to and including this year, there have been only 53 non-white actors nominated for Emmys out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top four acting categories for drama and comedy.

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I've worked in television nearly all of my professional life, and that statistic is quite sobering to me. And to add injury to my already sensitive nerve endings a picture of Rutina Wesley from True Blood, who attended this year's Emmys, had a caption that read: "Regina King enters the 62nd Emmys." No, I wasn't there. Mistakes happen, right? Well after a few "mistakes" of how people of color are portrayed in the Hollywood media, I decided it was important to say something about how things go down in Hollywood.

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Working twice as hard to get half as far: Race-based employment gap in Minnesota

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  • The Twin Cities metro area has the biggest disparity in black-white unemployment rates of any major metropolitan area in the country.
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  • What is going on here?
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  • Racism in Minnesota (and Beyond)
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Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet | MN

The Twin Cities metro area has the biggest disparity in black-white unemployment rates of any major metropolitan area in the country. What is going on here?

That's the question addressed by Dr. Algernon Austin, author of the Economic Policy Issues brief that presented the research on national disparities in unemployment by race. He spoke at a "leadership session" organized by the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability at in St. Paul on September 1.

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Austin sliced, diced and dissected the numbers from a dozen studies, and came up with three reasons for the disparity.

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Racism in Minnesota (and Beyond), Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes

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  • We cannot conquer "the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism" until we "shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society." -- Martin Luther King
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  • A new legal caste system?
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Glenn Beck is NOT Martin Luther King Jr.!

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  • Please watch the video and sign their pledge to stand with Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision and against Beck and Palin's hate.
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  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Denounced By Civil Rights Leaders
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  • It is important for all of us to stand together with one voice against hate and intolerance.
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Don Hazen, AlterNet

Dear Reader,

Glenn Beck is NOT Martin Luther King Jr.! August 28th is an important day in American history.  On this date Martin Luther King Jr. promoted a just, equal, diverse and compassionate country in his "I Have a Dream Speech" at the Lincoln Memorial.

This year, on the same date, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin will hold a rally at the Lincoln Memorial.  The racist and hate-filled tenor of Beck, Palin and the Tea Party movement is in direct contrast to the noble vision of Dr. King. We cannot sit idly by and let King's vision and legacy be hijacked for political purposes.

Our friends Robert Greenwald and the team at Brave New Foundation have produced a new video and pledge encouraging everyone to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s struggle for a just and equal America.

Please watch the video and sign their pledge to stand with Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision and against Beck's hate.

It is important for all of us to stand together with one voice against hate and intolerance.

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Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Denounced By Civil Rights Leaders, DeNeen Brown, Washington Post | DC

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  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally To Face Countermarches From Civil Rights Activists, Al Sharpton
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  • Guns, Divisive Rhetoric to "Honor" Lincoln and King?
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