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ICE Director John Morton Gets Very Own Satirical Twitter Account

ICE Director John Morton Gets Very Own Satirical Twitter Account

First there was the infamous @BPGlobalPR satirical Twitter feed, then came the “Mexican Mitt Romney,” now someone has created a fake account for Director of ICE John Morton. The Twitter account was launched Wednesday and currently has 51 followers.

” I don’t enjoy deporting your mom, I fucking love the Hell out of it,” reads @JohnMortonICE’s Twitter profile.

“Satire is a great way to get a message across,” the man behind @JohnMortonICE told Colorlines.com. He identified himself as someone who works closely with immigration reform groups.

“I want to draw attention to this administration’s hypocritical stance on immigration reform and remind people that our immigration system is hardwired for deportation,” said the man behind @JohnMortonICE.

“As the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton has overseen the Obama administration’s record-breaking deportation spree,” Colorlines’ immigration reporter Julianne Hing points out. “He has touted the so-called smart enforcement of Secure Communities while ignoring the calls from immigrant communities and law enforcement agencies alike who say S-Comm, and other deportation programs like it, are in fact tearing families apart and destabilizing U.S. communities instead of strengthening them.”

“We’re talking over 400,000 deportations a year, the very least we can do is mock ICE for it,” the man behind @JohnMortonICE told Colorlines.

Texas Rapper: Number One Thing A Rapper Shouldn’t Say, ‘Gay is Okay’

Texas Rapper: Number One Thing A Rapper Shouldn't Say, 'Gay is Okay'

Adair Lion is a Texas based rapper who says he “strives to be unlike what’s perceived of Latinos by the main stream media.” So far he’s definitely doing a pretty good job at separating himself from mainstream rappers with lyrics that promote equality for gays.

“It doesn’t just get better, it gets awesome, homie — what I mean is I just wanna see you blossom, homie,” Adair raps in his new single called “Ben” that’ll be part of his album “Michael & Me.”

The rapper who was born and raised in central El Paso, Texas near the border to Juarez, Mexico says the album pays homage to the late Michael Jackson.

The release of “Michael & Me” will be on June 25, 2012 which marks the third anniversary of Jackson’s death.

Colorlines.com’s Seth Freed Wessler Accepts 2012 Hillman Prize for Web Journalism

Hillman 2012 Winner Seth Freed Wessler On Tuesday, Colorlines.com’s investigative reporter Seth Freed Wessler accepted the 2012 Hillman Prize for Web Journalism at the annual Hillman Prizes ceremony at The TimesCenter in New York City. Since 1950, The Hillman Award is a journalism prize awarded annually to “journalists, writers and public figures who pursue social justice and public policy for the common good.”

Wessler was honored for his investigation “Thousands of Kids Lost From Parents in U.S Deportation System” that found at least 5,000 U.S. citizen children are in the foster care system today due to the detainment or deportation of their undocumented immigrant parents by the U.S. government.

“After reading the article by Seth Freed Wessler, I knew there was no other place that I had to be than here at this moment to introduce him,” said Danny Glover, who presented Wessler with the Hillman award.

Jennifer Pozener liveblogged the event and included Wessler’s acceptance speech on the Women in Media’s “Voices” blog.

“It’s an extraordinary honor to be here, to have that introduction… I spent a lot of time last year in small dark rooms in states ike TX, AZ, FL in the basements of immigration detention centers, and child welfare offices… in a concrete room in AZ, a soft-spoken Mexican woman told me she had not seen or spoken with her children in four months. It started with being pulled over” for speeding. Had she been a citizen, he said, she would have gotten back to her kids very quickly. Instead, the Fed severed her from her children, and severed her from the court processes that dealt with her children… cultural chauvanism says that children would be better off in foster care with strangers than with immigrants who are not citizens. Seth concludes by noting that this investigative accomplishment “would not have been possible without the remarkable vision of Applied Research Center director Rinku Sen…and without Kai Wright, Colorlines’ editor.”

(Photo: Lindsay Beyerstein)

Hey Ashton Kutcher and PopChips: Brownface is Still Racist [Video]

Hey Ashton Kutcher and PopChips: Brownface is Still Racist [Video]

More on PopChips’ new Youtube campaign here. We’re also not crazy about gay-joke Darl.

Afro Dish Sponges: Funny or Racist?

Afro Dish Sponges: Funny or Racist?

The British company Paladone released a line of dishwashing sponges based on African-Americans with Afro hairstyles. One figure is shaped like Diana Ross with a brillo pad hairstyle and another is a disco-styled sponge. Paladone said that these were designed to be fun and sales have been high. But are these funny or racist?

Report: CeCe McDonald Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Manslaughter

Report: CeCe McDonald Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Manslaughter

Reports out of Minneapolis have it that CeCe McDonald has accepted a plea deal to second degree manslaughter due to negligence in the death of Dean Schmitz. McDonald is a black transgender woman who says she was attached by Schmitz with racist and homophobic slurs. Her supporters have rallied at the court house all week, saying that her case is a stunning example of institutional biases against black and transgender communities.

Luce Guillen-Givins, a member of McDonald’s Support Committee, said that the plea deal stipulates that McDonald will spend 41 months in prison. Stay tuned for more details.

Someone Dug Up George Zimmerman’s Dormant Myspace Page

Someone Dug Up George Zimmerman's Dormant Myspace Page

The Miami Herald unearthed George Zimmerman’s old Myspace page today. On it, the man who’s now charged with second degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin reveals what life was like shortly after he moved to the Florida suburb that’s now become infamous after Zimmerman’s encounter.

On it, Zimmerman uses the alias “Joe G” and a personalized URL that reads “onlytobekingagain.” While describing his new life in Florida after having moved from Virgina, Zimmerman writes:

“I dont miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft ass wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars when they aint around (what are you provin, that you can dent a car when no ones watchin) dont make you a man in my book,” the 2005 Myspace page said. “Workin 96 hours to get a decent pay check, gettin knifes pulled on you by every mexican you run into!”

Zimmerman also celebrates some of his earlier legal victories, including one against an ex-fiancee who’s described as his “ex hoe”:

Here’s a blurb from Talking Points Memo:

“Im still free!” he wrote on Aug. 24, 2005. “The ex hoe tried her hardest, but the judge saw through it! Big Mike, reppin the Dverse security makin me look a million bucks, broke her down! Thanks to everyone for checkin up on me!”

Six days later he posted about another victory.

“2 felonies dropped to 1 misdemeanor!!!!!!!!!!! The man knows he was wrong but still got this hump, Thanks to everyone friends and fam, G baby you know your my rock!”

UC San Diego Student Forgotten After 4/20 Raid, Forced to Drink Urine

UC San Diego Student Forgotten After 4/20 Raid, Forced to Drink Urine

Daniel Chong is a 24-year-old engineering student at the University of San Diego. He was arrested during a 4/20 campus raid, in which DEA agents confiscated marijuana, mushrooms, and thousands of ecstasy pills along with weapons and ammo.

Chong admitted to authorities that he did, in fact, smoke weed, but was told that he was free to leave by authorities. Instead of actually leaving, Chong was placed in a 5 ft. by 10 ft. holding cell, where he says he was left for the next five days.

Johnny Depp’s Make-Up for New Tonto Movie is Awful

Johnny Depp's Make-Up for New Tonto Movie is Awful

And, as some bloggers have pointed out, it’s deeply problematic. The actor’s make-up is supposed to emulate Kirby Satler’s famous “I Am Crow photo.” Zunguzungu calls this latest iteration “Johnny Depp’s minstrelsy.”

Police Investigate Murder of Transgender Woman in Oakland

Police Investigate Murder of Transgender Woman in Oakland

A candlelight vigil was held last night in downtown Oakland for a transgender woman who was shot and killed in Oakland late last week. The woman has been identified as 37-year-old Brandy Martell. Jpmassar at the Daily Kos relayed this information:

A witness told ABC7 the conversation was cordial, but then.. one of the men became angry and fired into the car right where Martell was sitting.

“When you don’t provide a space in society for people who you think are the other or different, especially transgender women, especially transgender women of color, when you don’t provide spaces for them to be in a safe environment or a safe space, whether it’s socializing or services, this is what happens,” Martell’s friend Tiffany Woods told ABC7.

Police are still investigating the incident, but witnesses reported to local news sources that there was an altercation just before the shooting and that Brandy was shot by a man who had “become enraged and shot her when he realized she was trans.”

NAACP Sues Philly For Rejecting Prison Reform Ad

The NAACP thought it had a good idea: they wanted to put up an ad in Philadelphia’s International Airport that highlighted America’s prison epidemic. But the city shot down the proposal, claiming that it doesn’t promote “issue” or “advocacy” advertisements as its airport. Now the NAACP is taking the city of Brotherly Love to court.

Author Toni Morrison Wins Highest U.S. Civilian Honor

Author Toni Morrison Wins Highest U.S. Civilian Honor

Toni Morrison is set to set to receive the presidential medal of freedom later this year. The Nobel-winning author is gearing up for the release of her new book, “Home”, and is one of thirteen recipients of the prize, alongside Bob Dylan and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

“These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our nation,” President Obama said. “They’ve challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve made the world a better place. I look forward to recognizing them with this award.”

Supporters Stand in Solidarity for CeCe McDonald Murder Trial

The murder trial of CeCe McDonald is officially underway. McDonald is a black transgender woman who’s on trial for killing a man who she says physically harassed her outside of a Minneapolis-area bar. The trial officially began yesterday, but will be in full swing this morning as the woman’s supporters gather at the court house for support.

McDonald is on trial for second degree murder following the death of Dean Schmitz. But McDonald and her supporters are adamant that Schmitz’s death is a case of self-defense after the man allegedly yelled racist and homophobic slurs at McDonald. After the altercation, McDonald had to get 11 stitches to her face and there were reports that Schmitz had a swastika tattoo on his chest. Still, McDonald was interrogated by police without an attorney present and placed in solitary confinement.

Supporters say that McDonald’s case is a striking example of bias against transgender and black people in the criminal justice system. “People were very enraged about what had happened to her and the refusal of Hennepin County to recognize her right to self-defense,” Katie Burgess, executive director of Trans Youth Support Network, told Democracy Now.

South L.A.’s Community Coalition on the Civil Unrest [Video]

South L.A.'s Community Coalition on the Civil Unrest [Video]

South L.A.’s Community Coalition launched LAcivilunrest.org earlier this month with 20 commentary videos by different community leaders and activists, elected officials and residents who share their stories of the Civil Unrest erupted on South L.A. streets in 1992.

The site includes videos from L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a local news anchor, community activists, residents and academics.

Community leaders, including U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, founded Community Coalition as a non-profit organization in 1990 in response to the 1980’s crack cocaine epidemic that devastated South LA.

To watch more videos from South L.A. community members on the Civil Unrest of 1992 visit LAcivilunrest.org.

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Want To Report Airport Racial Profiling? There’s an App for That

Want To Report Airport Racial Profiling? There's an App for That

Since Sept. 11, Sikhs have been subjected to ethnic and religious profiling at the airport that the community has struggled for years to combat. Those with dark skin, or people who wear turbans have been pulled aside for extra pat downs and discriminatory questioning while trying to get through airport security. Community reports show that at some airports, a full 100 percent of Sikh travelers must go through secondary screening before they make it to their gate. Through it all, the federal government has insisted that it doesn’t engage in profiling. Now, advocates are turning to technology to help people report the profiling they experience at airports.

Today, the Sikh Coalition unveiled a mobile app called “FlyRights” to help Sikh travelers and others who are subjected to profiling at the airport to report their concerns straight to the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration.

“The TSA asserts it doesn’t profile,” the Sikh Coalition’s Director of Programs Amardeep Singh said in a statement. “This application will allow us to better assess whether that’s true. All travelers now have an easy way of speaking to their government on the issue of airport profiling.”

The Sikh Coalition says that part of the impetus for the app was the perplexingly few incidents officially reported to the government, given the community’s actual experiences. During the first half of 2011, DHS’s Office of Civil Rights received only 11 official complaints of improper TSA screenings, which the group says doesn’t comport with reality.

“Up until now, victims of racial profiling at our nation’s airports had no easy way to call attention to this unfortunate trend,” Rep. Judy Chu said in a statement. “The Sikh Coalition’s new app changes that. Travelers now have the power to fight racial profiling right at their fingertips.”

The app, out today, is available for both Android and iPhone users.

No Charges for Border Patrol Officer Who Killed Mexican Teen

No Charges for Border Patrol Officer Who Killed Mexican Teen

In June of 2010 a Border Patrol officer patrolling the El Paso-Juarez border reportedly ran into Mexico while trying to arrest border crossers, and shot and killed Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca, a 15-year-old Mexican teen. On Friday, federal prosecutors announced that they didn’t have enough evidence to file criminal charges against the officer for the killing, the AP reported.

The officer violated Border Patrol policy regarding when the use of force is allowed, the Department of Justice acknowledged. However, Border Patrol agents are “generally” allowed to use lethal force when rocks are being thrown at them, as the government alleges Huereca was doing before he was killed.

The AP reports:

The U.S. Justice Department also concluded that no federal civil rights charges could be pursued, saying that “accident, mistake, misperception, negligence and bad judgment were not sufficient to establish a federal criminal civil rights violation.”

George Zimmerman Won’t Have to Turn Over $200K He Raised in Donations

George Zimmerman Won't Have to Turn Over $200K He Raised in Donations

Proceedings at a planned hearing today in the Trayvon Martin murder case over administrative details were eclipsed by a bigger issue: $204,000 in undisclosed donations that George Zimmerman raised through his now-defunct website. A Florida judge ruled today that the self-appointed neighborhood watchman won’t immediately need to hand them over, CNN reported.

State prosecutors argued that in light of this new disclosure, which Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara said he didn’t know about until this week, Zimmerman’s bond ought to be increased. Zimmerman failed to disclose the amount at his bond hearing last week, where a judge set bail for the self-appointed neighborhood watchman at $150,000 after the Zimmermans said they could not afford the proposed $1 million bond. Zimmerman was released Sunday night after posting 10 percent of his bail.

CBS reported:

Meanwhile, according to CNN, the attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family says Zimmerman should be back in jail because during a recent bond hearing he did not report to a judge that he had $204,000.

Tuition Hikes, Budget Cuts Won’t Stop $300K Remodel of CSU Fullerton President’s Home

Tuition increases at the California State University system may be have become a regular tradition, and the statewide network may have shut off enrollment for the spring 2013 term due to the state’s seemingly unending state budget crisis. But CSU Fullerton is still going ahead with a $300,000 remodel of incoming president Mildred Garcia’s university-owned home. The money won’t come from state funding, but instead from a campus auxiliary organization.

Yet, that perk comes in addition to a contract which gave Garcia a base salary of $324,500, the maximum pay raise allowed for her transfer as outgoing president of CSU Dominguez Hills in Carson, California Watch reported. She’ll also be given free housing and an annual $12,000 car allowance.

California Watch reports:

Also in March, CSU Fullerton began work on fixing up Garcia’s future home, the historic C. Stanley Chapman house, also known as El Dorado Ranch. Located just a few miles from the downtown Fullerton campus, the two-story, eight-bedroom, 5,800-square-foot house is nestled on a 3.9-acre parcel with a tennis court. The property was last assessed at $3.4 million in 2011, property records show.

Lights Off, Lights On? Left Eye May Join TLC’s Reunion Tour With Hologram Help

Sometimes, it’s like the ’90s never left us. And now with the help of technology, they never have to. TLC is planning a reunion tour for later this year that may include Lisa “Left Eye” Loopes, the much-beloved rapper who died ten years ago this week.

TMZ reports that the remaining members of the trio, Tionne Watkins and Rozonda Thomas, better known as T-Boz and Chili, are in talks to make sure Left Eye is included in the tour, perhaps by projecting her image and including her vocals on tracks, a la Tupac’s turn at this year’s Coachella festival.

So far the tour’s booked in five cities, with hope for more. Will you be there?

First Ever Cosmo for Latinas Issue Gets Zoe Saldana Cover

zoe_latinacosmo.jpgThe inaugural issue of “Cosmopolitan for Latinas” is just days away from landing on newsstands, and Zoe Saldana, the actress with Puerto Rican and Dominican roots, will be gracing its cover.

The magazine launch, at its most basic, is a commercial acknowledgement of the new demographic realities in this country: Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S., and based on Census projections, are expected to become the largest non-white group in the country in a matter of years.

It’s also a chance to reach out to and highlight the voices of Latinas in the U.S.

It extended to Cosmo for Latinas’ cover subject choices. “We went with Saldana because, other than being stunningly beautiful and fashionable, she’s a mysterious figure, and not many know she’s Latina,” Cosmo Latina Editor Michelle Herrera Mulligan told Mamiverse. Herrera Mulligan said that she was taken with Saldana’s uniquely American journey. Saldana was born in Queens, New York, but raised in the Dominican Republic, making her exactly the kind of modern, bicultural Latina whose voices Herrera Mulligan wanted to highlight.

The magazine hits newsstands on May 1.

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