Pro-Migrant Sanctuarysphere: June 2009 Archives

I'm a little late to this, but I wanted to write a short tribute to the former Tennessean columnist, Tim Chavez.  I'm sad to say that I never met Tim Chavez in person, 'but I followed his blogging closely over at Political Salsa.  Hearing of his death truly saddened me.  I didn't know his struggle with cancer was that serious. 

What saddened me the most about Tim's death is that the world lost one of the few truly pro-migrant bloggers that I know of.  Pro-migrant blogging is more of a struggle than people realize.  You're constantly hammered by both nativists with their hate, and allies that want you to get in line.  Tim Chavez was one of the few bloggers I knew that wasn't afraid to do what was unpopular to advocate for migrants, the mark of a true pro-migrant blogger.

Some of Tim's most excellent work was done breaking the news of a pregnant mother in Tennessee who was shackled in handcuffs while she was giving birth, drawing attention to the inhumanity of ICE's 287g program, which Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security still has yet to do anything about.  I'll let Tim explain how outrageous this was in his own words:

Weekly Immigration Wire: Climate of Anti-Immigrant Hate Yields Violence at The Unapologetic Mexican. A reaction to fear, whether real or imagined, perpetuates that fear within the conscious of the community.

Some 'neighborhood watch': Forde's Minuteman spinoff outfit was about 'starting a revolution against the government' at Orcinus.

Remember how all those right-wing pundits proclaimed the Minutemen as being just like a neighborhood watch? Michelle Malkin called it "the mother of all neighborhood watches." Lou Dobbs labeled it "this country's biggest neighborhood watch program". Bill O'Reilly declared: "Talking Points applauds the Minutemen. They are in the great tradition of neighborhood watch groups."

Welcome to Washington D.C. - Counting Down to the National DREAM Graduation at No Borders and Binaries.

Brisenia Flores: The Beautiful Latino Child the Minutemen Murdered! at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.

This story make me so sad and angry. This is the heart of hatred. It is the apex of all the vitriol spewed by anti-migrants and hateful people everywhere.

Read more on this heinous tragedy - Minuteman Leader Charged in Vicious Hate Crime Murder of Latino Father and his 9 yr old Daughter!

Flores por Brisenia at The Sanctuary.

at No Borders and Binaries. Prerna is planning to start a 511 mile bike ride to raise money for law school. If you can help here out and keep up with her progress as she makes this journey.

Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform launch new interactive website at People Migrate.

Watch the video The Time is NOW - The RI4A Summit at Standing FIRM and check out their many posts on the RI4A conference in Washington.

Also check out Nezua at NAM Expo: First Day in Atlanta at The Unapologetic Mexican. Nezua is there to accept an award being give to The Sanctuary.

Looks like some of the nasties are backing off of Sotomayor. Check out at Sotomayor Update Anti-BVBL.

Also at Anti-BVBL Tom Tancredo's Aide Charged with Hate Crime. Seems that hateful people make good company.

First congratulations are in order to Matthew over at Smart Borders. Read First Day as a Migrant Farmworker Advocate.

Today was my first day as a Migrant Farmworker Advocate with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS). I drove through Dakota, Goodhue, and Olmsted counties, talking with local business owners, city hall personnel, librarians, thrift-store managers, laundromat workers, gas-station attendants, post-office employees, restaurant owners, nursery entrepreneurs, and garden gurus.

...and now back to our regularly scheduled coverage of a new strange world where white men are minorities and Hispanic woman are racists..."

Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor Called Racist by the Racists at Feathered Bastard.

You know it's taken a turn for the surreal when an obnoxious lout like William Gheen is calling you a racist. Gheen is a nasty piece of work, the founder of the extremist nativist Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, which is headquartered in Raleigh, NC, burial place of Senator Jesse Helms and the Republican Party's Southern strategy.

FOX HATE CHANNEL: O'Reilly, Hannity and Savage Contribute to Murder & Violence by the Extreme Right Wing! at Immigration Talk With A Mexican American.

The Latino KKK at Culture Kitchen.

Getting Sunshine vs. getting dark skinned at Dream Act Texas.