kyledeb: June 2008 Archives
Now, thanks to the blogging of Tony Herrera, I just heard that Zapeta was able to get all but $5,000 of his money back. It is rare when we get a victory like this. Read Tony's post and savor it.
I wish I could be writing this post praising Deval Patrick for expending political capital on what he himself has said is a matter of "simple justice":
"It makes good sense for us economically, and for me it's just a matter of simple justice," Patrick said during a lunch with reporters yesterday. "We don't say to these kids they can't go to state colleges and universities; they can go. What we say to them is that they have to pay a different rate from the kid who sat across the aisle from them all through middle school and high school."But then I read the fine print of The Patrick Administration Education Agenda, and though I still have questions, I'm fairly sure, at least using the language in the report, that the newspapers were wrong.Lindsey Parietti - Daily News Transcript (25 June 2008)
The following video from We Can Stop the Hate, expresses in clearer terms than anything else I've seen, how leading organizations in the anti-migrant movement have very close ties to hate and white supremacy.
Even Numbers USA, the organization that tries the hardest to separate race from their discussion of immigration, has ties to white supremacy. The executive director of Numbers USA, Roy Beck, for a time was the Washington editor of the Social Contract Press, and organization that is proud to publish the racist book, Camp of the Saints. Here's the video:
Please Digg the video.
Personal Note: I'm sorry my posting as of late has been mostly videos. Symsess, with his amazing dedication, though, has been holding down the fort for us.
The cries for Guantanamo to shut down have grown louder and louder, while Guantanamo like conditions are being replicated within the U.S.'s borders. Is this the sort of country the U.S. aspires to be?
William Gheen, President of ALIPAC, truly is the leader of a national movement. A movement of two dozen people that is.
It was May of 2008 when ALIPAC announced the launch of a North Carolina "campaign to thwart illegal aliens and their supporters". Soon after they bullied a local Charlotte newspaper columnist, Mary Schulken, for writing an article entitled "This Tide of Meanness has to Stop". All of it building up to a big rally to pressure North Carolina legislators to support a horrific "attrition through enforcement" agenda. Here's how the rally went:
Watching this speech by Tim Wise cleansed my soul. People that can articulate oppression like Time Wise are a treasure. You have to watch the whole thing, but I especially liked his articulation of how white people, or those that buy into whiteness, are tricked into blaming migrants. I'll quote it below.
BBC: New EU Plan for Immigrants
BBC: Global Refugee Total Rises Again
CS Monitor: Iraqi Interpreters: Hope Rises to go to U.S.
CS Monitor: South Africa's President Calls Attack on Immigrants Shameful
Sombrero tip to The Latin Americanist for this article from the Dallas Morning News:
CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico – With gasoline prices hovering near $4 per gallon, Texans along the U.S.-Mexico border have discovered a cheaper alternative: Mexico.As nativists continue to falsely claim that "illegal aliens are stealing from U.S. taxpayers", it looks as if U.S. citizens have found a way to steal from Mexican taxpayers. While gas prices continue to soar in the U.S., residents are crossing over to Mexico where the gas is significantly cheaper. Why is the gas cheaper?
Mexican service stations all along the border report brisk sales in recent weeks as fuel prices in Texas continue to climb.Angela Kocherga - Dallas Morning News (10 June 2008)
Picture: Gov. Deval Patrick celebrates the defeat of the proposal to ban marriage equality in Massachusetts (14 June 2007)
Katherine Patrick, the daughter of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is a courageous youth. In the last year she has come out as a lesbian to her friends and family, and last week she came out to the whole world. 18-year-old Katherine Patrick did a sit down interview with Bay Windows, "New England's largest GLBT newspaper", to make the announcement, and the news has since been written about by the Boston Herald, the Boston Globe, the Associated Press, and countless other news outlets that reach across the globe.
13-year-old Jose Andrade, from El Salvador, doesn't understand why he can't be with his mother in the United States. He says children should get to stay with their parents. It's not going to happen, according to the Loudon Times. This 13-year-old boy scout is getting deported.
The truth is most U.S. citizens probably don't understand that, "U.S. immigration law prohibits children not born in the United States from living here unless their parents are U.S. citizens". But such is the nature of a complicated and broken U.S. immigration system that migrants are frequently the victims of. It's also another of the many cases in which the legal/illegal dichotomy that nativists love so much is blown out of the water.
There were rumors late this week about nativist Lou Dobbs possibly considering running for governor in New Jersey. Though the rumors were recently shot down, our friends at America's Voice still decided to go ahead with publishing a mock campaign website for Dobbs.
DobbsforGovernor.com asks for people to submit their slogan ideas and try for a free t-shirt. I thought I'd borrow from the self avowed Minutemen supporter in this picture, and submit, "This is America and our only Lanaguage is English" (sombrero tip to Duke over at The Sanctuary who I got this picture from). I encourage others to give it a shot, too.
I hope everyone is having a good weekend. Hillary Clinton just delivered her concession speech, and I thought I'd throw aside politics for a bit, and acknowledge the barriers she has courageously worked against in her run for the Presidency.
Since the beginning of the campaign for the Democrat nomination, I tended to see Clinton as the establishment candidate. But as the inevitability of Obama locking up the nomination grew more and more pronounced, and Clinton fought on, the discrimination she was working against really came into focus for me. Despite the political connections she had as a Clinton, we all should have stood, and should continue to stand against the horrific sexism she was a victim of.
This just goes to show that discrimination against migrants, or anyone for that matter, isn't to far removed from discrimination against everyone else. Just the other day, another U.S. citizen was deported from her own country. When is the federal government going to come for you?
Minutes after word broke about a Nickelodeon TV special on children affected by Immigration raids, messages like "What part of illegal don't you understand!?!" and "Deport them all!" bombarded Web sites and blogs.From then on, the article is all down hill. It makes the pro-migrant sanctuarysphere sound defeated. It makes William Gheen sound like the commander of a million person army, while we struggle with our last dieing breaths. If people like Gheen really are winning, why do anti-migrant politicians keep losing elections? Why is it that my blogroll has so many pro-migrant blogs? Why is it that Citizen Orange comes out near the top of a google search of "attrition through enforcement"? We're starting to take the web back from nativists like Gheen, and this article doesn't do our fight justice.
Then, in an increasingly common reaction, bloggers from "pro-migrant" sites such as Citizen Orange and The Unapologetic Mexican countered by ridiculing the show's critics.Antonio Olivo - Chicago Tribune (4 June 2008)
The Sanctuary has been mentioned before, but if you're coming here via the Chicago Tribune article, please check out this pro-migrant space made up of some of the best voices on the net. The Sanctuary will be a spot free from a lot of the noise an misinformation spread by folks like Gheen at ALIPAC.
Sometimes I feel like I don't want to be part of a country that deports people like Mkoyan, but then I remember, such talk is an insult to undocumented youth that continue their fight to be recognized as humans in the only country they've ever known.
A global Ipsos poll, commissioned by Al Jazeera, says from a sampling of the most engaged citizens across 22 countries that most (55%) would "like to see Barack Obama as the next President of the United States".
Some of the gems from the video:
C&L has been giving some good pro-migrant link love lately. Keep it coming and check out the video below:
It's news that has been widely reported already. What was shocking to me though, is the long list of laws that Michael Chertoff is waiving to build the border wall:
I've got two Canadian posts coming at you this Sunday afternoon it looks like.
I just read in Guatemala's paper of record, Prensa Libre, that the International Organization for Migration has partnered up with the Guatemalan Ministry of Labor to send Guatemalans to Canada as temporary workers. Over 3,000 agricultural workers are participating in the program, now, according to the article.
The tone of the article is what struck me the most. It's titled "Immigration, without risks" and starts off with the lead:
The significance of Canada's Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission deserves a lot more attention than I'm giving it in this post. May this dark period in Canada's recent past be a lesson to all those that think forcefully integrating entire peoples into the majority culture is a good idea in the present.