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Immigrant Advocates Take Action Following Deportation Raids in the South

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  • The first week of the new year brought hope and cheer for some. But for many Southern immigrant communities, it brought fear.
  • Stop the deportation raids against Central American refugees.

Allie Yee, The Institute for Southern Studies

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/southdeportationraids.jpg?itok=_bvgiqWw Last May, protestors in Dilley, Texas called for justice for Central American families seeking asylum. Over the weekend, raids targeting these families were conducted in Texas and other Southern states. United Methodist Women via Flickr

January 7, 2016 | The first week of the new year brought hope and cheer for some. But for many Southern immigrant communities, it brought fear.

News of the Department of Homeland Security's plans to conduct immigrant deportation raids at the outset of 2016 circulated just before the Christmas holiday, and the first raids got underway this past weekend. They are part of the Obama administration's efforts to stem a wave of women and children who have arrived in the U.S. since 2014, many fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and other Latin American countries. Officials said the raids target those whose asylum claims have been denied and who now face deportation orders.

Allie Yee, Member, Institute for Southern Studies

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Stop the deportation raids against Central American refugees, Presente

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Dear President Obama, I’m writing to demand that you immediately stop the waves of deportation raids targeting children and families who fled violence, primarily from Central America.

  • http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.png Join us in demanding that President Obama immediately stop these and other deportation raids.
  • Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador largely responsible for some of the highest murder rates in the world

 

Stop the deportation raids against Central American refugees

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  • Dear President Obama, I’m writing to demand that you immediately stop the waves of deportation raids targeting children and families who fled violence, primarily from Central America.
  • http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.png Join us in demanding that President Obama immediately stop these and other deportation raids.
  • Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador largely responsible for some of the highest murder rates in the world.

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.presente.org/images/stopdeportations.jpgThe Obama administration has launched a new wave of deportation raids targeting children and families who fled violence in Central America.

Since 2014, at least dozens have been killed and more targeted each day shortly after being deported by President Obama's administration.

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Presente is the largest national Latino online organization advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.

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Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador largely responsible for some of the highest murder rates in the world, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Concerns over the safety of justice advocates have heightened since the arrests. The former military men arrested today have close ties to Guatemala’s organized crime networks. 
  • Bloodshed in El Salvador
  • Part 1: 18 Former Guatemalan Military Officers Arrested for Crimes Against Humanity
  • Part 2: El Salvador is on pace to become the hemisphere’s most deadly nation.

 

American Presidential Candidates Are Now Openly Promising to Commit War Crimes

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Would Donald Trump approve waterboarding? “You bet your ass” he would.

 

Rebecca Gordon, the Nation

 

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January 7, 2016 | They’re back!

From the look of the presidential campaign, war crimes are back on the American agenda. We really shouldn’t be surprised, because American officials got away with it last time—and, in the case of the drone wars, continue to get away with it today. Still, there’s nothing like the heady combination of a “populist” Republican race for the presidency and national hysteria over terrorism to make Americans want to reach for those “enhanced interrogation techniques.” That, as critics have long argued, is what usually happens if war crimes aren’t prosecuted.

Rebecca Gordon is the author of Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States (Oxford University Press). She teaches in the philosophy department at the University of San Francisco. She has also spent several decades working in a variety of national and international movements for peace and justice, and is a member of the War Times/Tiempo de Guerras collective. 

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Pennsylvania Court Says Denying Ex-Offenders Jobs Is Unconstitutional

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Nancy Redd, HuffPost Live 

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12/31/2015 | A Pennsylvania court unanimously struck down a law that barred employment for life from nearly 200,000 people with criminal records in the state.

New York Times bestselling author & mom of two Nancy Redd is one of the founding hosts of HuffPost Live. Nancy is an NAACP Image Award nominee, a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award, and the winner of a National Parenting Publications Award.

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Policing Homeless People: A Day in the Quality of Life at the Manhattan Institute

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  • "While NYC cops are harassing homeless people, a right-wing 'think tank', Manhattan Institute, promotes criminalizing people for being poor. This is a problem in every major city in the country--including Minneapolis. Being homeless and/or mentally ill makes one as vulnerable to police abuses as does being African-American." --Lydia Howell
  • People of privilege lamenitng that state law and the Constitution handcuff what could be done about homelessness.

Josmar Trujillo, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Last week I rolled up to 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan for a “Quality of Life Panel” hosted by the Manhattan Institute, one of the city’s most influential conservative think thanks. As a policing activist and writer in  New York City very much focused on the Broken Windows theory—which says punishing low-level “quality-of-life” offenses deters serious crime—the event caught my eye.

The panel, held November 19, was the centerpiece of “Quality of Life Week,” a discussion touching on the city’s handling of homelessness and the perceived signs of returning “disorder.” The discussion was one of many facilitated by The Beat, the Manhattan Institute’s social media-oriented “daily email blast that cuts through the clutter…drawing from the work of the Manhattan Institute’s scholars.”

Josmar Trujillo is a former columnist for Extra! who writes at the Huffington Post, Newsday and amNY. He is also an organizer with the Coalition to End Broken Windows and New Yorkers Against Bratton.

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How the Government Made Me a Dissident

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Nothing helps you appreciate our constitutional rights like being robbed of them.

John Kiriakou, Other Words

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I sometimes say the government turned me into a dissident — after I spent 14 years at the CIA and two more at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

I only say it half-jokingly. While I’m proud of winning this year’s PEN Center’s First Amendment award, I never intended to make a career out of being at odds with the government.

OtherWords columnist John Kiriakou is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and the winner of the 2015 PEN Center USA First Amendment award. 

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  • John Lewis  is a congressman from Georgia. He was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was a leader of the Selma-to-Montgomery march for voting rights in 1965 and is the last surviving speaker from the historic March on Washington. This is his review of the new book, Give Us the Ballot, The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America By Ari Berman; Farrar Straus and Giroux. 372 pp. $28
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What is the Human Right to Health and Health Care?

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  • Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns now exist in several U.S. states, inspired by the example of Vermont, which in 2011 became the first state to pass a law for a universal, publicly financed health care system.
  • Single Payer and the Revolving Door

National Economic & Social Rights Initiative

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The human right to health means that everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, which includes access to all medical services, sanitation, adequate food, decent housing, healthy working conditions, and a clean environment.

  • The human right to health guarantees a system of health protection for all.
  • Everyone has the right to the health care they need, and to living conditions that enable us to be healthy, such as adequate food, housing, and a healthy environment.
  • Health care must be provided as a public good for all, financed publicly and equitably.

In partnership with communities, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) works to build a broad movement for economic and social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity.

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  • Another benefit of a single payer national health insurance system is that it gets rid of the obscenity of the revolving door between the health insurance industry and the government payer.
  • When the Catholic Church owns your doctor

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