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National Labor Relations Board: Walmart ‘Unlawfully Threatened’ Workers

National Labor Relations Board: Walmart 'Unlawfully Threatened' Workers

For months Walmart workers agitating and organizing for better wages have complained that those who speak out have been illegally disciplined and even fired from their jobs. On Monday the National Labor Relations Board announced that it agreed with them. The agency, which enforces federal labor law, said that Walmart workers’ complaints had merit and decided that it will pursue charges against the company.

In 13 states—California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Washington—Walmart “unlawfully threatened” or followed through with disciplinary actions or termination when workers protested or went on strike, both of which are legal activities. Separately, the NLRB found that in California, Florida, Missouri and Texas the company surveilled and punished workers as retaliation or even in anticipation of future worker organizing. And Walmart also illegally threatened workers when Walmart spokesperson David Tovar went on television and warned, “there would be consequences” for workers who didn’t show up to their Black Friday shifts last November.

“The Board’s decision confirms what Walmart workers have long known: The company is illegally trying to silence employees who speak out for better jobs,” Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs With Justice and American Rights at Work said in a statement.

The NLRB didn’t find merit in two other complaints against the company involving shift changes and moving protesters off Walmart property. The decision comes as more protests are expected in the coming week. This year’s Black Friday is next Friday.

Congress to Consider Military Rape Legislation

Congress to Consider Military Rape Legislation

This week, Congress is set to consider legislation that would increase protections and loosen bureaucracy for military servicewomen and men who have been sexually assaulted. Women in the military are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted than non-military women, and about 71 percent of women and 85 percent of men do not report the crime.

Championed by Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), the Military Justice Improvement Act would enable assault survivors to take their cases outside of the military chain of command. Gillibrand has support from 47 Senators, but military leaders have been pushing back, arguing new measures would weaken the command structure.

According to the New York Times, military sexual assault claims are on the rise: 

There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported to the Defense Department in the first three quarters of the fiscal year, from October 2012 through June, a nearly 50 percent increase over the same period a year earlier. Defense Department officials said the numbers had continued to rise.

Information on the racial or ethnic makeup of sexual assault survivors is not readily available, but a recent study suggests black women enlist in the military at higher rates than white or Latina women.

Esperanza Spaulding Protests ‘Guantanamo Injustice’ In New Video

Esperanza Spaulding Protests 'Guantanamo Injustice' In New Video

Grammy Award-winning singer Esperanza Spaulding has a new video out called “We Are America” in which she urges Congress to close Guantanamo. In an interview with the ACLU, she credited the recent Guantanamo Bay inmate hunger strikes as a moment that inspired her to use her platform to make a political statement. 

What motivated you to start this whole project to begin with, what was the spark?

It was the first time I heard about the hunger strike. I was touring in Europe and I was appalled and embarrassed about what was happening. I remember I started researching online to see what I could do about it and I saw that I could download this action pack. With that you had some important info to use to call your representative. And I did, I did call my representative and Senators. In fact, I got a letter back from one Senator who basically said that she was not going to proactively deal with it but that they would ‘keep my comments in mind’, or something like that. But I really wanted to do more. And my band actually came to me first and said they wanted to do something too.

Read more at the ACLU.

Earlier this year, rapper Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) released a video that brought attention to the practice of force-feeding inmates who had gone on hunger strike.

Watch Margaret Cho Talk About Being Queer in Comedy

Watch Margaret Cho Talk About Being Queer in Comedy

In a recent video for MAKERS—a PBS and AOL digital storytelling collaboration that showcases women trailblazers in the U.S.—Margaret Cho shares her story of coming of age as a queer woman of color, and growing up in San Francisco during the AIDS crisis. She says AIDS activists, particularly those who worked at the gay bookstore her parents owned, inspired her to take the stage and pursue comedy.

Cho also says her intersectional identity has inspired her unique brand of comedy, and enables her to push boundaries other comics often don’t cross. 

“You do get to a point in your minority status where you become unassailable. Especially for me, because I’m queer, I’m a woman of color, somebody that is normally perceived as policing all the things that people say are racist or sexist or homophobic. You can go to a more outrageous place because of your identity,” she says.

(h/t HuffPo Gay Voices)

NYC Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Gets Whitewashed Overnight

NYC Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Gets Whitewashed Overnight

Sometime in the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 19, someone went ahead and whitewashed  New York City’s iconic graffiti haven 5Pointz. We reported last week that the New York City Council recently apporved a plan to replace the buildings, which draw thousands of tourists and graffiti writers each year, with high rise condos.

Marie Cecile Flageul, a 5Pointz spokesperson, said the paint crew, along with police protection, came around 1 a.m. and finished around 7 a.m, according to the Queens Courier. A candlelight vigil will be held for 5Pointz at 5 p.m. Tuesday night.

5Pointz curator Jonathan Cohen reacted to the destruction of the area this morning.

Tumblr User Gets Hate Mail After Being Incorrectly Linked to Frida Kahlo Makeover

Tumblr User Gets Hate Mail After Being Incorrectly Linked to Frida Kahlo Makeover

Last week we posted an item from Buzzfeed that captured an artist’s attempt to give Frida Kahlo a cover girl makeover. But it turns out that we, along with several other websites that covered the story, wrongly attributed the piece to Tumblr user alisonofagun, who cleared everything up in a recent post:

 In December 2012, a dude using the name “toonsketchbook” (he either deleted his blog or changed his url) created the Frida “makeover” repaint.

I reblogged the picture and added a comment condemning it.

Buzzfeed picked up the post and quoted my comment and the comments present on my particular reblog. They used my url as the “image source.” I began getting hate mail (some of it incredibly nasty). Because I didn’t know why people were coming to my blog, I deleted the post hoping that would stop the hate mail, but it just makes it look even *more* like I’m actually the artist because people can’t see that it was a reblog. (Not that that prevented people from thinking that I was artist in the first place, but it definitely made it worse.)

Since “toonsketchbook” no longer exists on Tumblr, the original makeover artist’s identity is still unclear. 

TAGS: Frida Kahlo

SF ‘Batkid’ Festivities Turn Violent When Cops Attack Black Cyclist

SF 'Batkid' Festivities Turn Violent When Cops Attack Black Cyclist

The city of San Francisco was entralled last week when Batkid came to town. The Make-A-Wish Foundation made young Miles Scott’s dream of becoming a superhero come true and more than 13,000 people turned out to cheer him on. But one of those people didn’t make it home.

D’Paris “DJ” Williams, 20, had just left the Batkid festivities and was returning to his home in the city’s Valencia Gardens apartment in San Francisco’s Mission District. Williams had just ridden his bike up to his front door when he got into an altercation with a group of plainclothes police officers who were reportedly talking to him for riding his bike on the sidewalk. Photographer Travis Jensen, who witnessed the incident, told Uptown Almanac that as Williams tried to enter his home with his sister standing in the doorway with a newborn baby, officers grabbed him from behind. After searching him, officers uncovered a cupcake and juice that Williams had just purchased from a corner store and began to beat him. 

Williams was then taken to a local jail. In the above video, he is seen bloody and screaming as he’s led away to a police cruiser. Meanwhile, angry neighbors who witnessed the incident were then targeted by police officers. In total four people were arrested, including, according to Uptown Almanac, an elderly HIV-positive man whose medical complications require him to use a cane that police determined was a “deadly weapon.”

Here’s another video from a different witness that shows bystanders being arrested by police:

KTVU is reporting that the District Attorney has dropped charges against Williams and another man who was arrested at the scene, but a protest is planned for Tuesday at 5pm PST outside of the Mission District police station. 

The SFPD later released the following statement:

At approximately 3:41 PM Friday, officers from the Violence Reduction Team, working a plainclothes assignment attempted to stop a bicyclist in the area of Maxell and Rosa Parks for a California vehicle code infraction.  The suspect fled from the officers after they identified themselves as police.  The suspect attempted to flee into a residence.  The officers confronted the suspect near the doorway and requested additional units for assistance.  The suspect failed to comply with lawful orders from the officers and continued to resist the officers.  Reasonable force was used by the officers to effect the arrest.  During this incident, multiple subjects came from the rear of the residence and formed a hostile crowd around the officers.  One subject attempted to strike an officer with a cane, while another suspect bit an officer.  Two officers suffered non-life threatening injuries.  In total, 4 suspects were arrested. 2 felony and 1 misdemeanor arrests resulted in bookings.  One misdemeanor arrest resulted in a cite.

(h/t Uptown Almanac)

 

Lauryn Hill Announces ‘Homecoming’ NYC Concert Date

Lauryn Hill Announces 'Homecoming' NYC Concert Date

Lauryn Hill is performing in New York City at the end of the month. The singer, who was recently released from federal prison on charges of tax evasion, will perform two shows on November 27 at the Bowery Ballroom. The first will be at 6pm EST and the second will be later that night at 10pm. Tickets are available.

(h/t Okayplayer)

TAGS: Lauryn Hill

College Conservatives Plan a ‘Catch an Illegal Immigrant’ Game

College Conservatives Plan a 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Game

The Young Conservatives of Texas are the same folks who brought you that affirmative action bake sale a while back. Now they wanna host a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday. From their Facebook page:

YCT will be having a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event this upcoming Wednesday. The details of the game goes as follows:

There will be several people walking around the UT campus with the label “illegal immigrant” on their clothing. Any UT student who catches one of these “illegal immigrants” and brings them back to our table will receive a $25 gift card. 

The purpose of this event is to spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration, and how it affects our everyday lives.

Even though folks like Senator Rand Paul are listed as alumni, some conservatives — some of whom are desparate to court Latino voters — aren’t too happy

(h/t Gawker)

TAGS: immigration

New Mexico Police Shoot at Minivan Full of Kids

New Mexico Police Shoot at Minivan Full of Kids

In a dramatic show of force, three police officers were video recorded violently responding to a woman driver who had been pulled over for speeding on October 28. Oriana Ferrell, 39, was driving a minivan that contained her five children, and attempted to evade police after being initially stopped for speeding. The second time she is pulled over the police officer opened the driver-side door and pulled her out, at which point her 14-year-old son got out and tried to defend her. After a scuffle between the first police officer on the scene, Ferrell, and her son, the officer then busted open a back window with his baton. When Ferrell sped off another officer fired three shots at the back of the van.

The mother was indicted on November 12 and faces charges of intentional abuse of a child, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer and possession of drug paraphernalia, and her son was arrested for battery. Her counsel says she sped off because she was terrified for her children. The state police chief released a statement saying they are investigating the case.

Holder, Unbothered by Impeachment Calls, Announces Millions for Helping Ex-Drug Offenders

Holder, Unbothered by Impeachment Calls, Announces Millions for Helping Ex-Drug Offenders

In a climate where conservatives continue to find ways to criminalize people of color while cutting funds and resources from the federal government, Attorney General Eric Holder somehow has managed to find money to help keep people out of prison. Last week, Holder was in St. Louis lauding the efforts of the Expanding Addicts’ Recovery Netork, or Project EARN, a federal drug court project that helps non-violent drug offenders overcome addiction and find work in exchange for reduced prison terms. 

Said Holder of the program, “If more communities adopt reentry programs like the one I witnessed today in St. Louis, it will reduce criminal justice spending, ensure the fairest possible outcomes, and forge the stronger, safer communities that all of our citizens deserve.”

After the St. Louis trip, he was off to Peoria, Ill. to give props to a similar federal drug court program there. Part of the reason for this short tour was for Holder to reinforce his commitment to reducing the mass incarceration crisis in America and how it impacts communities of color. But the tour also appeared to help Holder deflect attention from the news that some House Republicans are seeking to impeach him over controversies involving the Fast and Furious program, that led to U.S. guns funneled to Mexican drug cartels, and the IRS auditing of some Tea Party groups — both of which have been exploited by conservatives looking to smear the Obama administration.

According to the online news outlet St. Louis Today, Holder was unbothered by the impeachment calls. 

Instead, Holder used the occasion to speak about over $62 million in grants the Justice Department has awarded for programs that help people effectively re-enter society after being released from prison. The awards are part of his “Smart on Crime” initiative that seeks to reduce incarceration and prison recidivism rates. 

The grants have been awarded to programs like Project EARN, many of them tied to federal drug courts. Not bad for an agency that has been seriously strapped for cash lately. In October, Holder also announced millions in grants to help with criminal defense of those who can’t afford private lawyers.

The purpose for the grants, as explained in a DOJ press release:  

  • $57 million will support smart probation projects, treatment of returning adult and juveniles with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders; adult and juvenile reentry demonstration projects; adult mentoring programs; technology career training projects for incarcerated adults and juveniles; and demonstration field experiments to test a parole reentry model.
  • $5.4 million supports two awards for evaluation activities and training and technical assistance for Second Chance Act grantees and the reentry field in general.
  • $9.7 million in Second Chance Act Juvenile Reentry Program grant awards to reduce recidivism and assist youth in successfully returning to their communities after secure confinement, including:
    • $176,000 to assist four jurisdictions in planning a juvenile reentry program,
    • $6,573,177 for ten jurisdictions to implement evidence-based reentry programs that provide a comprehensive range of services for juveniles up to 18 years of age.
    •  $2,977,252 for five community programs to reduce long-term alcohol and other substance abuse among youth in secure confinement facilities and to increase drug treatment and mental health services for these youth.

“Too many young people caught up in the juvenile justice system fail to return to school, find a job, or live healthy, drug-free lives after being confined,” said Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Administrator Robert L. Listenbee in a press statement about the grants. 

Nelly Still Wants to ‘Kick Somebody’s Ass’ at Spelman Over ‘Tip Drill’ Protests

Nelly Still Wants to 'Kick Somebody's Ass' at Spelman Over 'Tip Drill' Protests

Apparently time doesn’t heal all wounds. It’s been nearly ten years since protestors at Spelman College forced Nelly to abandon a blood drive he had planned at the school because of the sexually explicit and degrading imagery in his video for the song “Tip Drill.” He proved as much after making a recent appearance on HuffPost Live with host Marc Lamont Hill. 

“The Spelman thing, the only thing I feel I would’ve did different is kick somebody’s ass…that’s just how it felt to me, Pimp,” the rapper said to Hill. “I don’t have my sister [who died in 2005 from leukemia]. And I doubt it if half of those girls are still campaigning for what they quote, unquote took advantage for that opportunity for.”

“You [protesters] robbed me of a opportunity. Unfairly, my brother. Because we could’ve still had your conversation after I got my opportunity, but it could’ve been somebody that was coming to that bone marrow drive that day, that was possibly a match for my sister. That didn’t come because of that…”

On Monday, the student activists who were involved in the original protest and former Spelman professor Jelani Cobb appeared on HuffPost Live to address Nelly’s comments. You can watch the conversation in the clip above of the women, most of whom were all active in the Spelman Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. 

TAGS: Nelly Rap Spelman

George Zimmerman Arrested in Florida for Domestic Violence

George Zimmerman Arrested in Florida for Domestic Violence

Authorities in Seminole County, Florida have arrested George Zimmerman on charges of domestic violence. It’s the second time in recent months that police have been called to handle a domestic violence complaint involving Zimmerman, who was acquitted over the summer in the death of Trayvon Martin. Details of the arrest are forthcoming. 

(h/t WFTV.com)

Jay Z Strikes a Deal With Barneys That’s All About Jay Z

Jay Z Strikes a Deal With Barneys That's All About Jay Z

After facing mounting criticism for his business partnership with Barneys after the luxury retailer was accussed of racial profiling, rapper Jay Z has brokered a compromise: Barneys will now donate 100 percent of the proceeds from A New York Holiday, a Christmas collection of luxury items, to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and the rapper himself will lead a review into the company’s actions. 

The Atlantice Wire detailed the story on Friday after Jay Z released a statement on his Life + Times website that detailed his plans. 

While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.

According to the New York Times, charges of profiling skyrocketed after a change in the store’s policy after the retailer hired a new security team to fight a recent rash of thefts. The new council will reconsider and revise Barneys’ current security policies, according to The Wire

Walmart and Forever21 Truckers Strike in Los Angeles

Walmart and Forever21 Truckers Strike in Los Angeles

It’s not just Walmart’s in-store workers who are demanding better pay. Up and down the Walmart supply chain workers are fighting back. Today, truck drivers who transport goods from the Port of Los Angeles to the Costco, Forever 21 and the retail behemoth’s stores are staging a surprise strike. 

Truck driver Jose Galindo told Salon’s Josh Eidelson he’s considered an independent contractor, which is a convenient classification which forces him to foot the cost for even work basics and allows his employers to pay him less:

“Like employees, they tell us where to go - we can’t negotiate on many things,” said Galindo. But “we pay for gas, tires, maintenance” out of pocket, “even though the truck is not ours.” Lacking minimum-wage protection, he added, “Sometimes I can be stuck at the ports for three or four hours” waiting in line, “and the company doesn’t pay us for the time.” Galindo told Salon that after he ripped a shoulder tendon while working on the landing gears of his truck, his disability payments were cut off early because the company told the government he was a contractor.

Walmart truck drivers, warehouse workers, and store workers have been organizing very public actions the last two years, including strikes, protests and civil disobedience to demand better wages and an end to the worker retaliation which has followed those who speak out. More are planned as the holiday shopping season heats up.

The Best Man Holiday Did Way Better Than Analysts Expected

The Best Man Holiday Did Way Better Than Analysts Expected

Fourteen years after the original hit theaters, the sequel to Malcolm Lee’s 1999 film “The Best Man” made a big splash at the box office. The Best Man Holiday collected $30.6 million on its opening weekend, more than twice what analysts projected, according to USA Today.

The film had a budget of just $17 million and was marketed almost exclusively to African American women. For compairson’s sake, the Marvel sequel “Thor: The Dark World” had a total budget of $170 million and took in $38.5 million over the weekend.

The original Best Man film, which was released in 1999, took in only $17 million on its opening weekend. USA Today also notes that it’s just the latest in a series of films with black casts that have done remarkably well this year at the box office, including Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

But USA Today also managed to put itself at the center of the story over the weekend when it ran a controversial headline that read, “‘Holiday’ Nearly Beat ‘Thor’ as Race-Themed Films Soar.” The headline set off a social media firestorm with many people pointing out that just because the film sported a majority black cast — including Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan and Terrance Howard — it was a story of love and friendship, not racial injustice. The headline was ultimately changed to‘Holiday’ Nearly Beats ‘Thor’ as Ethnically Diverse Films Soar.” 

Eight Greatest Hits from W. Kamau Bell’s ‘Totally Biased’

Eight Greatest Hits from W. Kamau Bell's 'Totally Biased'

It’s no secret that we at Colorlines have a special place in our hearts for “Totally Biased,” comedian (and Race Forward board member) W. Kamau Bell’s FX show. The last episode aired this weekend, and it’s with deep sadness that we bid farewell to the show. Bell’s comedy on race, gender and culture is the rare combination of smart and actually funny, and he brought his refreshingly direct takes on all of it to television five nights a week. Here now, we offer a look back at “Totally Biased“‘s wonderful run, with the hope that we see these comedians on TV again very soon.

Stop-and-frisk has never been a funny matter, until Bell took it on in this classic segment.


Bell headed to Times Square to ask: What don’t people know about your culture? One man says: “The square root of one minute is 15 minutes.”


Beloved actor and activist George Takei chats it up with Bell about his family’s internment during World War II; what it’s like to be an Internet sensation; and knowing his base—geeks and nerds.

“It’s time to grab the world by the balls. And then rip ‘em off!” Janine Brito and Aparna Nancherla disagree on what progress for women means.

Dwayne Kennedy takes on the Washington, D.C. NFL team’s offensive name, and offers some novel solutions.

Unlocking the Truth is the Brooklyn metal band made up of pre-teens. Bell’s interview with them is somehow heart-warming and rock-and-roll badass at the same time.

Comedian Kristina Wong and Bell break down the Asian dating fetish which afflicts so many white men.

Hari Kondabolu’s segment on the National Spelling Bee (also known to Kondabolu as “the Indian Super Bowl,”) is full of comedy gems.

Mapping Cuts to Food Stamps

Mapping Cuts to Food Stamps

Nearly half of the estimated 47 million people who rely on food stamps are children, and a new interactive map from the Pew Charitable Trust breaks down those numbers state by state. SNAP benefits were cut by $5 billion on November 1, and the South, where close to 20 percent of the overall population uses food stamps, was the hardest hit region in the country. In Mississippi, 22 percent of the population relies on SNAP benefits, 370,000 of whom are children, and 119,000 of whom are elderly or disabled people. But states like Oregon, New Mexico and Maine also have high numbers of people relying on food stamps, and Congress is still considering even deeper cuts. Check out the map on Stateline

(h/t NPR’s The Salt)

Kendrick Lamar’s Camp Is Not Happy With the ‘Racial Overtones’ of GQ Story

Kendrick Lamar's Camp Is Not Happy With the 'Racial Overtones' of GQ Story

GQ Magazine put Kendrick Lamar on the cover of its annual Man of the Year issue, but the rapper’s camp is now speaking out about the accompanying profile, calling it “offensive” and filled with “racial overtones.”

Lamar was one of the five celebrities to get covers for the issue, including Justin Timberlake, Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey and James Gandolfini. The Compton native was interviewed by GQ’s Steve Marsh and was slated to perform on November 12 at the magazine’s Man of the Year party. But Lamar pulled out of the performance at the last minute. Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, the CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment, Lamar’s record label, then released a statement taking issue with Marsh’s portrayal of the rapper and his communtiy in GQ. Here’s a snippet:

Instead, the story, written by Steve Marsh, put myself and my company in a negative light. Marsh’s story was more focused on what most people would see as drama or bs. To say he was “surprised at our discipline” is completely disrespectful. Instead of putting emphasis on the good that TDE has done for west coast music, and for hip hop as a whole, he spoke on what most people would consider whats wrong with Hip Hop music. Furthermore, Kendrick deserved to be accurately documented. The racial overtones, immediately reminded everyone of a time in hip-hop that was destroyed by violence, resulting in the loss of two of our biggest stars. We would expect more from a publication with the stature and reputation that GQ has. As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Man Of The Year party Tuesday, November 12th.

GQ’s editor-in-chief Jim Nelson responded with a statement of his own on Friday, saying that he doesn’t really understand why there’s a problem:

Kendrick Lamar is one of the most talented new musicians to arrive on the scene in years. That’s the reason we chose to celebrate him, wrote an incredibly positive article declaring him the next King of Rap, and gave him our highest honor: putting him on the cover of our Men of the Year issue. I’m not sure how you can spin that into a bad thing, and I encourage anyone interested to read the story and see for themselves. We were mystified and sorely disappointed by Top Dawg’s decision to pull him at the last minute from the performance he had promised to give. The real shame is that people were deprived of the joy of seeing Kendrick perform live. I’m still a huge fan.

You can read more over at the Atlantic Wire and Complex

DHS Halts Deportation of Certain Military Relatives

DHS Halts Deportation of Certain Military Relatives

new memorandum issued by the Department of Homeland Security will now halt the deportation of spouses, parents and children of active duty service members, reservists, and veterans. The memo also allows those relatives to apply for permanent residence, often known as green card status. 

Citing that soldiers face anxiety over family members’ immigration status, the memo explains that the nation has made a committment to service members that starts at enlistment and continues through once service members become veterans. The new rules outlined in the nine-page document apply on a case-by-case basis, and those relatives accused or convicted of criminal charges are not guaranteed relief. 

President Obama has already provided a temporary stay for certain undocumented youth under a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The new memo makes it so that a permanent stay—and path to citizenship—is extended for military relatives. But many immigrants who do not fit into these categories are still targeted for detention and deportation.

In a statement today, National Day Laborer Organizing Network organizer Marissa Franco said, “We applaud the step and it underscores the truth that the President can and should do more, for all families. The President has the legal authority and the moral obligation to significantly expand upon the memo released today.” 

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