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"Don't want to eat this SOPA" says, in one of my favorite word plays on legislation currently before Congress, SOPA in the House and PIPA in the Senate, that would sacrifice the free internet to satisfy a few big corporations who make their living off of outdated copyright laws. Today's got to be one of the largest demonstrations the internet has ever seen against something like this, with enormous sites like Wikipedia, Reddit, and Craigslist blacking out and others like Google prominently displaying their opposition and a way to take action.

Scott Douglas, Executive Director of Greater Birmingham Ministries, nailed it on the Colbert Report, last night not only diction but also in tone, as he made his case against Alabama's HB 56, the most harmful and dangerous immigration law in the nation. Sometimes people try to go on Colbert and be funny, but it's hard to outfunny Colbert. It's better to just play it serious and let Colbert be the comedian, and Scott Douglas did that just as he said he would. More important, were his profound words which were almost always applauded by Colbert's audience.
Howie Carr is at it again, but this time he's gone overboard.  He spent most of his show on Friday joking about Hurricane Irene and bashing "illegals." At one point, he aired a pre-recorded message from one of his listeners asking "Is it illegal to shoot an illegal with my illegal gun?" or something to that effect. I heard it on my drive home on Friday, but have not been able to find the audio elsewhere.

You'd think after the 10th person was declared dead in Connecticut as a result of Hurricane Irene, a state where his show is aired, he'd show a little bit of humility, but no he was at it again in the Boston Herald over the weekend.

I have a longer piece about this that I just wrote up and am trying to publish, but I thought people should know this as soon as possible, especially as his writings gain national traction.
If there's any illustration of why journalists need to Drop The I-Word, it's breaches of journalistic responsibility like this:

Day and night, his cabs zoom past Gainesville's churches and small factories and fast-food joints. They shuttle illegal grandmothers to supermarkets, illegal mothers and children to doctor's visits, and illegal workers to jobs, many of them in the polleras, or chicken plants, that earned this city the nickname Poultry Capital of the World.
Richard Fausset - Los Angeles Times (11 August 2011)

Fausset's irresponsible scribbles bring to mind the time when Emily Bazar of USA Today referred to migrant youth as "illegal students" and then retracted it after Prerna Lal started a petition against them through The term "illegal immigrant" itself is both dehumanizing and inaccurate, but this is made all the more clear when journalists push the boundaries of that harmful terminology.

ACTION UPDATE: I just set up twitter petition asking Josh Marshall to Drop The I-Word.

Talking Points Memo (TPM) certainly isn't the same liberal blog that it used to be, but that isn't any excuse for TPM to publish trash like Benjy Sarlin's article on Texas Gov. Rick Perry's immigration stances. It's clear Sarlin knows very little about immigration policy or the politics of it as he runs from complex issue to complex issue without providing any real analysis or in some cases, just plain bad or wrong analysis. For instance, see Sarlin's writing on in-state tuition in Texas:

Once relatively uncontroversial positions by Perry have since become anathema: a bill offering in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants, which passed with near-unanimous margins in Texas, now faces major protests in Maryland.

"There's no justification for it," Mark Krikorian, executive director of the hawkish Center for Immigration Studies, told TPM when asked about the Texas law. "It sends one more signal that being an illegal alien really isn't that bad and that illegal immigrants can be integrated into the institutions of our society."

Many credit the Texas bill with inspiring the federal DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for similar children. Republican lawmakers have blocked the legislation in the Senate amid fierce opposition from conservative activists. Perry has come out against the national DREAM Act, but continues to defend his support for in-state tuition.

"To punish these young Texans for their parents' actions is not what America has always been about," he told the New Hampshire Union Leader last month.
Benjy Sarlin - Talking Points Memo (9 August 2011)
First the substance. Who are the "many" that credit Texas with inspiring the federal DREAM Act? Texas was the first state to pass in-state tuition in 2001, the same year that the federal DREAM Act was first introduced by none other than U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Aug. 1, 2001. I can't find the exact date when in-state tuition passed in Texas, but even with the most lenient time line 8 months is a short time to inspire a federal DREAM Act.
I'm doing a lot of radio these days, I guess. Today, I'm kind of cheating. I'm in the Detroit area with family and a friend of my father's and mother's from college, Gary Baker, hosts this radio show called Internet Advisor.

I've actually been on it, once before, when I was just a kid. Either way, I just thought I'd let folks know in case they have time and want to listen. I'll be on with my father which I think will be interesting.

Hilarious Fox & Friends comic through Daily Kos from August Pollak. Fox & Friends is easily one of the most nativist television shows on the air. Recently, I thought they finally aired a more neutral segment on Jose Antonio Vargas only to find out later that they followed up the segment by holding up Vargas as the perfect case for E-[Sc]arify. Media Matters has been doing an excellent job of chronicling their nativism.
Centro Presente through the National Association of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) Somos/We Are Initiative is asking Boston's local NPR Affiliate, WBUR to Drop The I-Word. Here's an email I just received:

Send an email to Dave Shaw WBUR News Editor
or call the newsroom: (617) 353-0770

Dear Mr. Shaw,

My name is __________ I listen to WBUR radio and I support the SOMOS/WE ARE initiative promoted by NALACC and recognize that immigrants of today represent an invaluable asset for the wellbeing and progress of the United States of America.

PLEASE desist in the use of the word "illegal" in your reporting to describe undocumented immigrants, because only things and actions are illegal. Human beings are not. Thank you so much for your attention!

The nativists that make up the editorial board of the Boston Herald have spoken. Predictably, the shock jocks at FM 96.9 Boston Talks and AM 680 WRKO will follow. Surprisingly FOX 25 in Boston was relatively balanced, though I won't be surprised if the quote they got out of Mayor Menino gets blown out of proportion. Of course, Jessica Vaughan and Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies have also been out in full force against Menino, but I will not link to them because of their association with and refusal to stand against their founder, white supremacist John Tanton.

I'm sure this pattern gets repeated all across the U.S. on a variety of local issues. Unfortunately for those of us trying to build the pro-migrant movement at the local level these nativists echo chambers have been built up over decades, and it will take some time for us to counter them listener for listener, eyeball for eyeball. In the meantime we just have to be targetted, intentional, and efficient at what we do.
Following the revelations of Maria Sacchetti's article in the Sunday Globe, columnist Adrian Walker is standing with the growing chorus of voices asking Boston to terminate it's S-Comm program now. If you haven't signed my petition, yet, please do so.

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