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Eliseo Medina, Who Reshaped Labor and Immigrant Rights Movements, Retires from SEIU

October 4, 2013

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By Randy Shaw  Beyond Chron Monday (Sept 30) was Eliseo Medina’s last day as the Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU International. Medina is retiring from his job, though not from immigrant rights activism, after nearly fifty years working for social change. Medina helped expand Latino union membership, and increased Latino voting and political empowerment. He secured SEIU […]

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‘El Hielo’: Music Video Inspires Immigrant Rights Activists, Goes Viral

May 3, 2013

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By Valeria Fernández New America Media Two immigrant mothers stood outside the downtown Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office holding a sign that read, “They have a Dream.” The women stood in silence — they shouted no slogans and sang no chants. They didn’t need to. The lyrics to a song being performed live right […]

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¿Llenaremos Las Carceles de Arizona?

November 16, 2012

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Commentary: By Adam Gettinger-Brizuela MA, CATC-IV “Let us not fear going to jail. If the officials threaten to arrest us for standing up for our rights, we must answer by saying that we are willing and prepared to fill up the jails of the South.” The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., February, 1960 I’m […]

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Latino Policy Coalition Seeks Presidential Executive Order To Reunite Children Separated From Detained/Deported Immigrant Parents

June 8, 2012

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BUSINESS WIRE — The Latino Policy Coalition (LPC) has requested that President Barack Obama issue an Executive Order that puts an end to the shattering of Latino families; and begins the process of reuniting American citizen children with their undocumented immigrant parents. According to the Shattered Families Report in 2011, over 48,000 mothers and fathers […]

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A la espera del fallo de la Corte Suprema

June 3, 2012

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Por Rafael Prieto Zartha Se acabó mayo y quienes están interesados en el tema migratorio esperan con ansia cuál será el veredicto de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, en junio, acerca de la ley SB 1070 de Arizona, que permite los arrestos por sospechas de no tener papeles y criminaliza a los indocumentados. ¿Decidirá la […]

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The Saga of Immigrant Youth — the gap between feeling American and becoming American on paper

May 18, 2012

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By Gaby Pacheco LatinaLista Next month, the country’s educational community celebrates the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Plyler vs. Doe. In Plyer vs. Doe, the high court ruled in June 1982 that it was against the law to prohibit primary and secondary education to an undocumented student. Although the decision […]

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Time to Demand Change

April 13, 2012

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Commentary: By Carmen Miranda The City of Escondido has demonstrated once again how NOT to run a city government. With the evidence presented by the ACLU and documentary filmmaker John Carlos Frey that Escondido has been profiting on the backs of immigrants and the poor with towed vehicles from driver license checkpoints, City Manager Clay […]

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Alabama’s HB 56 Forces Women to Make an Impossible Choice

March 30, 2012

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By Elena Shore New America Media Fourteen-year-old Jocelyn wants to be the first person in her family to graduate. But now she may have to do it without the one person who most wanted to be there: her mom. When Alabama enacted the nation’s toughest immigration law, HB 56, her mother was faced with an […]

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Day Laborers See “A Better Life” at Their National Assembly

March 2, 2012

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By Mark R. Day When director Michael Weitz showed up recently at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, he couldn’t have picked a better audience for his new film, “A Better Life”. In attendance were more than 200 members of the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON) gathered for a weeklong national assembly. The […]

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Immigrant Workers Score Wins

March 2, 2012

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Frontera NorteSur Despite an adverse economic and political landscape, immigrant and low-income workers celebrated victories this past week. In California, labor and community activists announced the winning of two new union contracts for car washers, or carwasheros, as they are called locally. The agreements with the Vermont Car Wash and Nava’s Car Wash in the […]

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A Smile That Hopefully Some Day Will be for Everyone

February 17, 2012

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Commentary: By Ernie McCray Oh, Governor Brewer, I look at a photo of you flashing such a sunny smile and I can’t help but think of a song Maya Angelou sings: When it looked like the sun wouldn’t shine anymore, God Put a rainbow in the clouds. With that smile of yours you could surely […]

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Obama’s State of the Union: Eleven Sentences Too Short

January 27, 2012

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Perspective: By Raul Rodriguez New America Media  BERKELEY— As President Obama delivered his third State of the Union Address, the 11 sentences he dedicated to addressing my current immigration status did little to instill in me any more optimism than did similar statements from the last State of the Union… or the one before that. […]

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Talk About Class Warfare! Why Conservatives Want to Tax Poor American Children of Immigrants

January 27, 2012

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 By Marshall Fitz and Sarah Jane Glynn By next month Congress must extend the 2012 payroll tax cut to help boost our nation’s economic recovery. In 2011 this tax cut resulted in 122 million American households boosting their take-home-pay worth to the total tune of $120 billion. The extension and expansion of the payroll tax […]

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Oaxaca’s New Government Calls for Migrant Rights

January 13, 2012

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Former Bracero at the International Day of the Migrant Celebration in Oaxaca

Story and Photographs by David Bacon OAXACA, MEXICO — The Oaxacan Institute for Attention to Migrants, and its director Rufino Dominguez, called for a new era of respect for the rights of migrants, in commorating the International Day of the Migrant in the Palacio del Gobierno, Oaxaca’s state capitol building. Representing the newly-elected state government, […]

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Groups Protest Citizen Detentions

December 23, 2011

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By Kent Paterson Frontera NorteSur  Pro-immigrant and civil liberties groups are stepping up the pressure against US Immigration and Customs Enforce-ment’s (ICE) Secure Communities program. Designed to remove immigrant lawbreakers from the United States, Secure Communities enlists local law enforcement agencies in a cooperative relationship with ICE in order to identify, hold and deport foreign […]

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18th Annual Posada Sin Frontiers

December 16, 2011

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 A Celebration Peace and Goodwill By Vivian Marlene Dunbar Sat. Dec. 10 20ll — People of two nations came joined together, at the border, to celebrate the Annual Posada Sin Frontiers. This event marked the 18thyear of people gathering at Friendship Park to share in this traditional holiday. This year’s them is ‘The Star Still […]

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Oklahoma latest state recognizing anti-immigrant law was bad business

December 16, 2011

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Commentary: By Marisa Treviño LatinaLista    Much news has been made overAlabama’s tough immigration policy, HB 56, and how it has adversely affected the state’s agriculture economy by driving the immigrant labor out of the state.    Rather than scrap the law or make changes that could help the farmers, politicians would rather have officials […]

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