April 2009 Archives

MAY DAY Marches - Where will you be? at Standing FIRM.  Get out and march!! 

Ask Your Congressperson to Support the DREAM Act! at Change.org.

DREAMers who plan to enlist: Beware at Dream Act Texas.

Weekly Immigration Wire: Swine Flu Infecting Immigration Debate at The Unapologetic Mexican.

AT PLAY TODAY in our immigration debate are warring philosophies of who a "people" are and what we owe each other for simply belonging to the same human family. On one side, frothing, fearful punditry stoke division and hostility. On the other, fearless activists champion for our better natures.

May 1st is this Friday and it's time to get out and march for immigrant rights. Groups around the country are gearing up to show their support for migrants and to protest against detention and discrimination. Find your local march and get involved.  Go to www.anewdayforimmigration.org for events in your area.

What does May Day mean in 2009? at Smart Borders.

As May Day 2009 fast approaches, it is important to look back at the original celebration and what it did and did not do. On May 1, 2006, millions of immigrant workers left their jobs for an hour or a whole day to bring home the message that they are an integral part of American society. In cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston, Tucson, and Portland, May 1 was an important day of immigrant empowerment and a powerful symbol of solidarity. However, that same year, the immigration legislation failed to pass Congress and the Secure Fence Act was enacted.

May 1st: Time To rePresente at Para Justicia y Libertad.

While have been trying to keep up with the dizzying array of events unfolding around us on t, but we have allowed the activities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fly bellow the radar. Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that the "Pentagon and Homeland Security Department are developing contingency plans to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border." On the latest nativist front, immigrants are being blamed for the swine flu.

VIDEO: Congress, can you hear me now? at Standing FIRM.

Immigrant Children in Legal Limbo at Immigrants In The USA blog. This post links to the New York times article featuring Prerna of No Borders and Binaries. Also read Report Challenges Negative Image of Immigrant Elders.

Unbelievable Breaking News: Kick in the Head Trial Jury Pool is ALL White And an Alternate was the Driver's Ed Teacher of One of the Defendants! at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American. Check out this sick comment posted beneath the story

I think it is terrible that he died, BUT, There should be NO CHARGES since the man was an illegal immigrant
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DREAM Act: The College Board Wants Help for Undocumented Students at Standing FIRM.

The College Board, known mostly for the ubiquitous SAT exam, has publicly called for federal legislation to give more opportunities to undocumented students seeking to pay in-state tuition. Basically, the College Board is saying that the DREAM Act is, in fact, a good idea.

CNN and the DREAM Act at American Wetback.

When I first saw Made in L.A. last year after it won an Emmy, it hit a soft spot in me to say the least. When my father first came to this country way back in the '90s to pave the way for the rest of the family to make it over, he worked in one of those garment factories. I remember those days because of where we lived, how we lived and my father telling us later on, in his drunken ramblings, how much he hated that work when he was doing it. Yet, he did it and put up with it because that was what he needed to do in order to get the job done, so to speak.

Pulitzers & Unlikely Cooperation at Smart Borders.

Dream Act Texas also gives us a fitting name for a post along with great information in Deporting a DREAMer is like burning a book.

In a symbolic sense, deporting a DREAMer is like burning a book, - because a book symbolizes knowledge and learning and work.

Moron of the Week: Sheriff Joe Arpaio at No Borders and Binaries.

A whopping 2,700 lawsuits have been filed against him, including numerous allegations of civil rights violations. And he is finally getting the attention he deserves though it is probably not the attention that he wants.

Fight Ahead for In-State Tuition for DREAMers in New Jersey at Dream Act Texas.

It is amazing how people don't seem to hear when told that immigrants pay taxes -

One America: Pro-Migrant SanctuarySphere

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From Latina Lista: Part I DREAM Act Series: Undocumented student tells her side of the story / Part II DREAM Act Series: Legislators need a crash course on the DREAM Act / Part III DREAM Act Series: How soon will it pass?

Dream Killer Dems- A Lesson for EVERYBODY at Nuestra Voice.

I had the opportunity to interview Colorado State Senator Morgan Carroll last Friday on my radio show that airs on AM 760 Colorado's Progressive Talk. The Senator is one of the Dream Killer Five. That is Morgan is one of the five Democrats that choose to kill a bill that would have given undocumented students the ability to pay in state tuition in Colorado.

Borderline Cops--The Daily Show at People Migrate. Quote from a border watcher in this video after Aasif Mandvi asks where to plug in the Nintendo gun so he can shoot anyone seen crossing the border - "there's no gratification like popping them right off."

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I found something amazing at my school, a pamphlet explaining what AB 540 is. How sweet is this ? I'm still working on finding out how this came about, but word around the grape vine is that this was made to help clear things up when students are enrolling or asking for help when talking staff in the admissions office. Not all of them are up to speed with what AB 540 and sometimes end up confusing students who came to them confused to begin with. There are also some counselors who aren't familiar with it either and again, the wrong information is given out. As far as I know, East Los Angeles College is the only college taking HUGE steps in going out of it's way in trying to educate students about what being AB 540 means and what options we have as students. I just hope others follow suit and we can spread the word. I'm still surprised by how many still don't know about it and how it can help them. I feel like a preacher when I talk about it to others. Like I just helped them find hope you know.

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