Archives for the month of: September, 2010

My favorite all-immigrant band, Gogol Bordello, has an awesome new video I want to share with y’all.  Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher), from the band’s latest album, Transcontinental Hustle, is an awesome portrayal of immigrant life and resistance, based on the band members’ own experiences with immigration:

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A woman at a rally holds a sign that says "Support Higher Education"

Photo credit: Think Progress

The buzz around the DREAM Act right now is heating up.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced last week that he would offer DREAM as an amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill, and that it would come to a vote soon.  The DREAM Act, first introduced in 2001, would allow undocumented youth who came to the United States before the age of 16 a path to U.S. citizenship through through completion of either two years of education or military service.  A key part of this is that this bill would give young people a conditional permanent residency for a few years while they complete these requirements, and during this time they would be eligible for federal financial aid to complete school, which is currently a huge barrier for most undocumented youth who want to continue with school:  if you’re not a legal permanent resident or a U.S. citizen, unless you’ve got the money to pay tuition, you’re out of luck.  And this what immigrant youth advocating for the DREAM Act have been fighting for – just a chance to be able to make it in the country most of them feel is their home. Read the rest of this entry »

Silhouette of a person carrying a bag and some large birds - vultures.  They are on hills of garbabe, in a dump.

Photo credit: New York Times

I was enjoying an afternoon in the park and reading the New York Times on Sunday when I came across this doozy of an article.  The article is about a relatively small group of indigenous people in Venezuela who are living near and scavenging from a dump outside of a Ciudad Guagyana, and it’s so full of consdescending, racist bullshit that I just could not ignore it.  Let’s start with the following: Read the rest of this entry »

Just wanted to let y’all know that we now have a lovely Facebook page, on which you can “like” Justice Con Platanos and follow all the latest! I’ll also be twittering from @veroconplatanos.

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Red sign that says "Emergency" with an arrow on it, and some tree branches next to it.

Photo credit: SEIU

Hey everyone! Glad to be back. I’ve been out for a few of days because I’m recovering from surgery, and the road to where I am today in terms of my health has been a bit bumpy.  Bumpy in ways that reveal the cracks in our health care system, and the systematic denial of quality care to marginalized groups of people.  Let me tell you all about it. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been out for a bit, and on Monday I’ll put up a post explaining the nature of my absence, but because it is September 11th I wanted to make sure that I included a shout out to show my solidarity with the folks at the Park 51 community center in the financial district.  The proposed community center, incorrectly dubbed “the ground zero mosque” has been stirring up quite a storm among the racists and xenophobes of this country. Read the rest of this entry »

So apparently there is this huge douchebag* who wants to get rid of ladies’ nights, because he feels that having to pay full price for drinks when women do not infringes on his civil rights.

Is that so, Mr. Roy Den Hollander (no, seriously, click on that, it’s a fucking doozy)?  In addition to playing for you the TINIEST of violins, let me say that I strangely find myself in the position of agreeing with you on thinking that this is sexist.  Just not for the same reasons as you. Read the rest of this entry »

Picture of a rally against Arizona's SB1070.  There is a person holding a sign that says "sb1070: guilty of being brown" and a person in a pink hat holding an american flag.

Photo credit: Huffington Post

There’s a great article over at Tikkun Daily by my dear friend Josh Healey, in which he talks about how the current immigration fight against SB1070 in Arizona and the rest of the country is just the tip of the iceberg.  He asks us to look at why folks are immigrating:

Let’s be clear: NAFTA is currently the single greatest cause of migration to the United States. NAFTA, which eliminated most trade and investment barriers between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, was pitched to the peoples of all three nations as an instrument to improve the economic fortunes of all the parties involved. Instead, the agreement (like others the U.S. has signed with countries in the Global South over the last two decades) has been a bonanza for corporations and a disaster for everyone else. With no more tariffs, U.S.-subsidized corn flooded Mexico with impossibly cheap prices, destroying the livelihood of over two million Mexican farmers, many of whom have since migrated to the States.

Josh continues to talk about a North American Union leading to open borders – it’s a great piece, and I recommend you go over and read the whole thing.  The mainstream dialogue about immigration doesn’t include too many people talking about its root causes, and it is an absolutely critical conversation.  We need to call out the unjust policies that make some countries rich while making others poor, and the mass displacement it’s causing globally. Read the rest of this entry »