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New Storm Coming

by on August 28 2008, 11:56AM

News is beginning to swell over the hurricane projected to make landfall in the Gulf Coast on Saturday. The Times’ lede read “Tropical storm Gustav was…putting officials in Mississippi and Louisiana on high alert and sending jitters through the oil…

Topics: Katrina

Anti-Immigrants Racists Front as Environmentalists

by on July 31 2008, 9:50AM

Some of my favorite left-of-center magazines have been running a peculiar ad recently. It presents an ominous image of a bulldozer clearing away an opening in the middle of a lush green forest. The large font below the image…

Topics: Immigration

Testing the Ethical Compass

by on July 15 2008, 10:12AM

The release of video footage from an interrogation of then 16 year-old Omar Khadr, a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, gives us little new information about the detention center or the treatment of detainees. Nothing really changes in terms of…


Jena’s Divide and Conquer Politics

by on June 11 2008, 12:31PM

Jena, Louisiana, that smoldering microcosm of the nation’s persistent racism, is once again fueling the fire; one now spreading rapidly, engulfing more communities of color. Jena’s mayor, Murphy Mcmillin announced yesterday that the city’s residents could look forward to the…

Topics: Criminal Justice

The GOP Struggles, Conservatism May Not.

by on June 2 2008, 1:15PM

The pages of liberal and progressive magazines have been brimming these past few months with articles and book reviews about conservatism and the Republican Party. As the Bush Administration finds itself a failure in the eyes of many and the…

Topics: Politics

No Time to Celebrate

by on May 8 2008, 4:22PM

Yesterday was Israeli Independence Day; the 60th year of Israel’s existence. For some Israelis and Zionists, the day celebrates the birth of statehood for a people long without a land. But for me, as for many other’s, Israeli Independence…

Topics: Global Affairs

New Generation of Immigrants Face Rabid Restrictionism

by on May 2 2008, 1:57PM

While activists and organizers from many of New York City’s immigrant rights organizations blasted over the loudspeakers at yesterday’s May Day rally in Union Square, I was reminded of a conversation I had with my grandmother while visiting her…

Topics: Immigration

Race and Incarceration

by on April 23 2008, 5:15PM

People are talking about people in jail but people aren’t talking about which people are in jail. The United States has a quarter of the world’s prisoners, the Times reported , and 1 in every 100 Americans is behind…


Welfare Reform is Like Soup

by on April 11 2008, 9:37AM

Imagine a dinner party for which I hire a caterer who I tell exactly what to cook, give my favorite soup recipe and stand over in the kitchen making sure that they prepare it exactly as I say. When…

Topics: Economy

Don’t Get On the Bus: ICE Raids Greyhound and Amtrak

by on April 4 2008, 1:56PM

If you’re an immigrant, or look like you could be one, you might think twice before buying an Amtrak or Greyhound ticket in Upstate New York. The two companies are collaborating with ICE, allowing officials onto their busses and…

Topics: Immigration

War Goes On…

by on March 20 2008, 8:27AM

We are five years into the War in Iraq. Not the fifth commemoration or the day of remembrance, but five years in. That is, we’re still in it. People, Iraqis mostly, are still dying. At least 200 people were arrested…


The New Yorker Magazine Illuminates Racial Violence of the American Security State, Then and Now.

by on March 5 2008, 1:48PM

I read the New Yorker Magazine a bit ambivalently. Written in sometimes verbose, usually pretentious prose, the magazine is pegged for postgraduate degreed liberals and post-political hipsters. Despite this, the magazine has a proclivity for pushing the line. The past…

Topics: Immigration

Collaborating with ICE Has Consequences

by on February 19 2008, 12:00PM

Texas activists vow to go to the voting booths and oust a sheriff who agreed to give immigration officials an office at the county jails.


Immigrant Rights Conference Centers Racial Justice

by on January 22 2008, 12:11PM

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights held their national conference last weekend in Houston, TX. I was struck by the participants’ energy and the analysis that centered racial justice throughout the three-day gathering. Conference sessions drew connections between…

Topics: Immigration

Persepolis: A Stunning Odyssey Distills a Complicated History with a Risk

by on January 8 2008, 9:55AM

Persepolis is one of those rare cinematic adaptations that lives up to, and arguably, surpasses its print inspiration. It is a beautiful tale, but in its distillation of history it risks restating what many already assume. Adapted from Marjane Satrapi’s…


Let’s Just Get Along: Poll Passes Up Structural Analysis of Race

by on December 18 2007, 12:40PM

Race, racism, and racial stereotypes run deep according to a new opinion poll of over a thousand Blacks, Latinos and Asians by New American Media . The poll asserts that people of color in different groups don’t trust each other…

Topics: Media

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “Humanizing” the Immigration Raids

by on November 30 2007, 6:37AM

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has adopted a set of humanitarian guidelines to be followed while carrying out work-site immigration raids. The guidelines aim to address criticisms of the raids that have happened across the country. While there is a…

Topics: Immigration

Romney: “An Exceptional Leader for Exceptional New Challenges”

by on November 13 2007, 8:47AM

Mitt Romney scares me. Giuliani scares me. Actually, most of them scare me. One reason that Mitt Romney scares me in particular is his line on immigration. Romney advocates “tough” immigration policy that further criminalizes undocumented immigrants, “secures borders,” and…

Topics: Immigration

Immigrants and the Fires

by on October 31 2007, 2:18PM

As the fires in Los Angeles cool and relief efforts heat up, we are once again posed with the bleak reality that when the smoke clears, people of color and immigrants face abandonment and punishment. Reports show incidents of undocumented…

Topics: Immigration

Blackwater Sets Sites On US/Mexico Border.

by on October 23 2007, 1:56PM

Blackwater Securities, the private contractor under scrutiny for the murder of Iraqi civilians, has set its sites on the US/Mexico Border. While no agreement has been reached to contract border patrol to the firm, statements and lobbying efforts indicate that…

Topics: Immigration