janna: December 2007 Archives

Walk In Their Shoes

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Follow the ill-fated journey of a group of Mexican migrants with this interactive map developed by UC Davis digital design students Derek Huntzinger and Nathan Couch.  Based on Luis Alberto Urrea's book The Devil's Highway: A True Story, this map guides you along the route which has come to represent, more and more, the path most traveled, as migrants are pushed into more dangerous desert crossings by tighter border security. This story has never been more relevant than now, as migrants continue to die in unprecedented numbers in their attempt to reach el norte. 

Sunday Skim

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For those of us who are busy with the season's festivities, here is a sampling from the pro-migrant blogosphere and other happenings from the past week to enjoy:

December 12 marked the day of La Virgen de Guadalupe.  Even if you missed the awesome Mañanitas on Univision that night, which included many beautiful musical requests for Her protection of migrants, you can still see a slideshow and video of the festivities from Antigua, Guatemala.

The Gringa in San Miguel has been following an evolving documentary about the immigration debate in Virginia, with a series of videos guaranteed to warm you up, via a boost in your blood pressure.

For a Guatemalan migrant's take on immigration issues in Canada, check out El Toronteco.

La Bloga featured an update of the proposed border fence, and how our government is trampling the rights of our indigenous people.

Luis Alberto Urrea posted his exclamation-evoking Immigration Monday, with its weekly arsenal of information to help better equip us pro-migrant warriors.

Latina Lista called for an end to raids as ICE has been spreading la mala onda all week, from the insultingly named Operation Tamale, to stooping to a new low in the capture of families in Oklahoma.

Nezua offered some food for thought as we approach the season of consumerism and consumption.  If that motivates you to make a change for the better, Man Eegee has made some excellent suggestions for giving to help offset some of the suffering of migrants.  

House of Nezua

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Nuestro amigo Nezua is shrugging his shoulders, stepping outta his skin, and chillin out in a funky new space.  Go check out his new pad where creativity flows like wine, love rules, and la lucha takes a back seat to tranquilidad for a while. 

Cause and Effect

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Speaking of yesterday's debate, and the consequences of dangerous questions, today on Democracy Now! Amy Goodman is speaking with Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center about the increase in hate crimes against latinos.

On the bright side, New York is trying to make it easier and safer for immigrants to report crimes.

Gracias a Nezua y Tomás.
My favorite quote from today's NPR/Iowa Public Radio Democratic debate.  Senators Hillary Clinton (NY), Barack Obama (IL), Christopher Dodd (CT), Joseph Biden (DE), former Senators Mike Gravel (AK) and John Edwards (NC), and Representative Dennis Kucinich (OH) answered questions about Iran, China, and immigration.  If you missed it, check back for streaming and downloadable audio later this evening after 6 p.m. EST.

Due to the format of the debate, with each speaker introduced before he or she spoke, it was sometimes unclear who was speaking.  As I listened, I was also working, so once in a while a statement caught my attention, only to leave me frustrated as they moved on at the end of the statement without thanking the speaker by name.  This was, unfortunately, the case with the above quote.  Therefore, the candidate who made that statement will have to remain a mystery until I re-listen to the debate in the quiet of my home this evening, or until one of our readers posts the answer in comments.

UPDATE: I was ready to bet the farm that it was Kucinich who said this, but as it turns out, it was Joe Biden

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