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Archive: February | March 2018

We stand by our leaders!

Maru Mora Villalpando
From the editors  |  Issue: February | March 2018

  The repressive apparatus of the State, which includes ICE, is quietly singling out and attacking our leaders wherever they emerge. Leaders of the immigrant community and their support networks are currently in the bull’s-eye. This is happening despite the fact that a majority of U.S. citizens favor amnesty and a path to citizenship. It […]

Undocumented immigrant rights leader targeted for deportation

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

Editor’s note: the following are excerpts from a press release and interview about the targeting for deportation of an undocumented immigrant rights leader, Marú Mora Villalpando. She is an activist, organizer, immigrant, and mother in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. She has lived in the United States for more than 25 years. Maru […]

What to expect in 2018

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

The assault of the billionaires will continue, but we are beginning to form the battle lines 2017 was a year of tremendous upheaval, with never-ending assaults on the democratic rights and human dignity and safety of women, children, immigrants, Native Americans, and the poor in general. The attacks continue as ICE actions to deport leaders […]

What is tax reform? It is a transfer of wealth, a theft!

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

Tax reform is what Trump signed into law in December and many legislators who supported and voted for it are now planning to seek re-election in 2018 and beyond. Most people in the United States do not know what it was all about! Lobbyists and the Treasury Department are still trying to decipher it. Basically, […]

‘Cancel NAFTA! Tear Down the Wall!’

Bi-National Conference
Cathleen Williams  |  Issue: February | March 2018

Bi-National Conference brings together unions and workers from the United States and Mexico      “I arrived in this country when I was eight years old. My parents were peasants in Mexico. In 1994, when the NAFTA agreement privatized the lands [the ejidos] in Mexico, they had no choice but to migrate to the United […]

NAFTA — the way corporate America exploits Mexico

Cathleen Williams |  Issue: February | March 2018

Bi-National Conference chides Democratic leadership, as well as Republicans NAFTA is not about trade. That message resounded throughout the Bi-National Conference. Instead, it is about the complete corporate penetration and domination of Mexican and Central American society and economy, as corporate America shifts factories and services to Mexico, exploits its desperate work force and blames […]

More jobs are going to the robots

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Dave Ransom  |  Issue: February | March 2018

Car mechanics, drivers, real estate agents, security guards – is the last human work being homeless?     Are you a car mechanic, a real estate agent or a security guard? Do you drive a delivery van, a taxi or a semi-truck? Are any of these your backup plan for keeping body and soul together? […]

‘People are freaking out!’

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2018

Time to get ready, there’s a change a’coming “People are freaking out,” a Massachusetts auto mechanic told the Washington Post in December, describing the reaction among other mechanics to the oncoming end of their jobs. “Ninety percent of our industry has done nothing — absolutely nothing — to prepare.” What he says is true of […]

A Dreamer breaks her Silence

Luz Cortés |  Issue: February | March 2018

It takes one person to be brave for others to take a stand Everyone has a shadow – even when it is dark, it’s still there. But what happens when instead of letting your shadow follow you, you become your own shadow? That’s what being undocumented in the United States is like. It’s easier to […]

Dreamers protest system creating criminals

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Steve Teixeira  |  Issue: February | March 2018

LA’s Immigrant Youth Coalition is fighting for ‘our right to be human’     Dragging chains and bed frames into the street, young activists blocked an intersection in front of LA’s Federal Building on Wilshire Blvd. on October 5. According to the LA Daily News, the protesters said they were “fighting for our right to […]

A new chapter in the Dreamers movement

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

When President Trump rescinded DACA, a new chapter of the Dreamers movement began. The Dreamers are using what they’ve learned. They will use their presence in every corner of the country to mobilize. When the Dreamers say, “We are here to stay,” they don’t just mean this literally. They also mean that their voices will […]

We need the Poor People’s Conference to unify across Chicago

Carlos Castro
Andy Willis  |  Issue: February | March 2018

  I spoke with Carlos Castro from the Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park about the upcoming Chicago Poor Peoples Conference. Carlos is a longtime community organizer and activist. I asked him why we needed such a conference. Carlos Castro: With all the abuse from the police department in the city, lack of housing, with the […]

La Promesa de Libertad Liberty’s Promise

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Juan-Carlos Pérez – Interdisciplinary Visual Artist  |  Issue: February | March 2018

  CHICAGO – For the past 15 years, I’ve been working with disenfranchised communities that lacked the resources to bring the arts into their school environment. When I come in to work with schools, no project is ever the same. For example, with “La Promesa de Libertad/Liberty’s Promise”, the majority of the student population happened […]

Toward the Chicago Poor People’s Conference in 2018

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

Basing ourselves in the long history for justice and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, we announce our plan to build citywide organizations in Chicago around the following five-point basic agenda. These five points are not meant to fully represent all our areas of concern, but they serve as a unifying beginning […]

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, stands with Hollywood actors against sexual assault

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Alianza Nacional de Campesinas Latina  |  Issue: February | March 2018

Even though we work in very different environments, we share a common experience of being preyed upon by individuals who have the power to hire, fire, blacklist and otherwise threaten our economic, physical and emotional security.     Editor’s note: On Nov. 12, members of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas Latina wrote a letter of solidarity […]

Stars acknowledge campesina support

Take Back the Workplace
Dave Ransom  |  Issue: February | March 2018

Alianza letter sparked Hollywood’s Time’s Up organization dedicated to low-income women who suffer sexual attack or harassment     More than a thousand women have signed Hollywood’s “Time’s Up” letter against sexual abuse — including stars like Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, and Meryl Streep. They pay homage to the […]

Texas: As we battle forward unity will be our only weapon

Jose Torres and Manuel Torres |  Issue: February | March 2018

Unity is our only weapon as we battle forward for clean and safe water, and the means to feed and clothe our families. Unity is also our only weapon to fight for our democratic rights —all of which are at peril with SB-4. Texas unemployment is the lowest in decades and one of the lowest […]