One of my classmates (the one I wrote the support letter for in October) was just arrested by ICE for protesting the six month long detainment of a young father (with a pregnant fiance) in the Philly area.
Above is the video she made for in the case of her arrest, and below is the e-mail she sent us:
If you are reading this email I have been arrested in a planned act of civil disobedience.
Throughout my life, I have had my undocumented status strip me of my humanity as people speculate about my presence in the US and about the rights I should or should not have. In reality, however, my life in the United States comes down to more than a political debate.
I have witnessed racist attacks on my family and seen how the lack of a nine digit number has paralyzed communities with fear. I have seen way too many families be torn apart by the system, way too many parents scared to leave their home, and way too many youth fall into depression.
I refuse to allow immigrant communities to be criminalized, so I am taking a stand and fighting back. I want undocumented youth to realize that they are not alone and that they can make their voices be heard. This is why I participated in an act of civil disobedience today.
I appreciate all of your support, and if you wish, please wear the color white all day tomorrow in solidarity.
[About PIPA, ACTA, SOPA] “Basically, they’re restricting our access to information while simultaneously telling us that we have all this freedom of speech. So I guess we have the freedom to speak ignorantly but not to learn.”
—my friend Julia
She’s a senior in high school and opinion editor of the school newspaper. She calls me every time she needs to rant about whatever racist/sexist issue has creeped up at my old school. I want to hug her every time she speaks because she just bursts with passion and determination to do the right thing.
I’m not gonna lie. While I was at the Regents’ Meeting, I kept giving their assorted riot gear very obvious sideways glances. Because.
This seriously happened? I had no idea.
What the actual fuck is happening in this world? I walked past the protest and while it were certainly not tame, it seems that such a high level of security was unnecessary. By the looks of this, the police—armed and seemingly ready to fight—would have far, far outnumbered the protesters.
Why are there so few female and non-white directors?
Steve McQueen asking a lineup of six white male directors why they so rarely cast minorities in movies. Also, how about that telling list of only three female directors at the beginning?
Steve McQueen’s bewilderment at the difference between “movie reality” and “real reality” re: the total imbalance of race representation onscreen is a beautiful thing…especially when pit against the arms-crossed, refusal to answer the question of WHY directors never cast minorities in their films from a selection of white directors who never cast minorities in their films.
Not only is the silence after the interviewer asks them directly is the most uncomfortable I’ve ever seen (and I watched Gervais’ Extras religiously, soooo), but Reitman breaks it with, “I’m not gonna step in that” when “stepping in” the problem of whitewashing onscreen is EXACTLY what he and everyone else needs to do.
This is so incredibly disheartening to me, I can’t even begin to express it. McQueen withstanding, the fact that this entire group—a group of powerful, privileged, educated, talented men who command the attention of millions—can’t even speak one sentence, one word to address the grossest shortcomings of the industry that is their lifeblood is just tragic. It’s a fucking tragedy, really.
You don’t need a soapbox or agenda or soundbite or cue to just say, “Yeah bro. It sucks. It shouldn’t be this way.” You just need a sliver of integrity, which I guess is what’s absent here.
There was an 11 percent spike from the previous year’s report that showed Latinos accounting for nearly 45 percent of hate crimes based on ethnicity or national origin.
While the FBI says it’s unclear why hate crimes agaisnt Latinos are on the rise, it is important to note that between 2000 and 2010, the Latino population grew by 43 percent — or four times the nation’s 9.7 percent growth rate. All fifty states and Washington D.C. saw rises in the Latino population.
Some say the number of hate crimes may even be higher for Latinos because they’re the least likely to report crimes against them. Mark Potok, a spokesperson for the Southern Poverty Law Center, told The Huffington Post: “One thing to understand is that Latinos, and in particular undocumented immigrants, are among the least likely to report hate crimes because they fear deportation.”
When is America going to address the results of the xenophobic way our nation addresses immigration policy? All on TV we see politicians riling up crowds with sensational anti-immigration rhetoric just to get votes… all the while actual people become collateral damage.
When Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed HB 56 on June 9, he assured farmers the unemployed would fill positions left vacant by migrant farmworkers. He was wrong.
As HB 56 took effect, few unemployedAlabamians showed up. Of those that did, most quit after a day. Some lasting only an hour in the field.
“Jobless resident Americans lack the physical stamina and the mental toughness to see the job through,” said Jerry Spencer of Grow Alabama, a company that promotes Alabama produce.
This same story has played itself out in other states.
Farmers in Colorado and Georgia are reporting major losses, with some turning to prison inmates to harvest crops in danger of literally rotting on the vine.
With the total unemployment rate in the United States at a record high 16 percent, have unemployed Americans said there are jobs they won’t do? The answer appears to be a resounding yes.
At the end, this may turn out to benefit those working for comprehensive immigration reform, or at the least those fighting for more farmworker protections. As we’ve seen in other states, economic losses tend to trump reactionary measures.
Oh, look, it’s what every farm worker, Mexican or otherwise, has been saying for I don’t even know how long. I mean, is anyone actually surprised?
The racism and utter stupidity in this country never fails to astound me.