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Archive: May | June 2017

California on its way to becoming a sanctuary state

no human being is illegal
Gloria M. Sandoval  |  Issue: May | June 2017

  Californians against the makers of the deportation machine The majority of Californians support the undocumented population and are working double-time to ensure that cities, schools, universities, churches, etc. pass sanctuary resolutions or safe-haven and pledges of non-cooperation with ICE. Know Your Rights campaigns are being held in many places to review the legal options […]

Sanctuary in modern times

El Machete cartoon
from the Editors  |  Issue: May | June 2017

  Since Biblical times, the term “sanctuary” has meant a safe place from persecution and violence for the oppressed. In the times of Jesus Christ, it meant feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, protecting the defenseless, and healing the sick. It even meant driving out the moneylenders and the profiteers from the […]

2017: The significance of May Day

Ricardo Monje
Tribuno Del Pueblo / Laura Garcia  |  Issue: May | June 2017

  Laura García interviews Richard Monje on the significance of May Day. He is the Manager Chicago & Midwest Region International Executive Vice President, Workers United. Laura Garcia: What is the significance of May Day in today’s times? Richard Monje: May Day signifies a very important moment for the working class. It’s a time to […]

Hundreds jeer ICE director in Sacramento

Cathleen Williams |  Issue: May | June 2017

‘Racism is a cover, but it’s all about cheap labor,’ says LACLA leader More than 700 people turned out in Sacramento on March 28 to protest the appearance of Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Homan had been invited to speak at a “town hall” by the right wing Sacramento […]

Corporations love to milk the deportation machine cash cow!

Gloria M. Sandoval |  Issue: May | June 2017

President Obama’s deportation machine involved lies about who was getting deported. Instead of deporting felons or serious criminals, anyone with even a minor crime was being deported. The number of Border Patrol and ICE agents was increased to deport even more people. President Trump is building on this increase. The Department of Homeland Security has […]

Facing a jobs ‘apocalypse’

Agriculture Mower
Dave Ransom  |  Issue: May | June 2017

  Trump’s immigration policies are accelerating the replacement of humans by robots Bruce Taylor is one of the biggest growers in California. Never a great friend of the workers whose labor has made his fortune, he told the AgTech Innovation Forum in Salinas recently that Trump’s immigration policies “are going to force us to solve […]

Robotics defines our times — and our choices

Dave Ransom |  Issue: May | June 2017

Donald Trump’s immigration policy – attempting to divide working people against themselves and flush millions out of the country – looms large. But it is just a chapter in a much bigger saga. It’s the one in which we are all living, and over which we have the power to decide its outcome. As it […]

Fresno Church declares itself a sanctuary

Rev. Sharon Avril
Eduardo Castro  |  Issue: May | June 2017

  FRESNO, CALIFORNIA — Rev. Sharon Avril of Carter Episcopal Church recently announced that her church is now a sanctuary for all immigrants. Carter Memorial has been in existence for 135 years in Fresno. The U.S. Episcopal Church has existed for 210 years in U.S.  The original church started during the period of slavery when […]

CHICAGO: ICE agents shoot father in terror raid of family home

Leslie Willis |  Issue: May | June 2017

CHICAGO – It was just after 6 a.m. on March 27. As the Torres household was waking up, ICE agents burst into the home with guns drawn, ordering the family of eight men, women and children out into the street. Felix Torres, Sr., 53, was immediately shot as he opened the door to find out […]

Texans stand up against ICE attacks

Workers Defense Project
Manuel Torres  |  Issue: May | June 2017

  FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Authorities in Fort Worth say federal immigration agents arrested 26 parolees living in the country illegally, as they performed community service. Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn tells KXAS-TV his office participated in Sunday morning’s operation at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Waybourn says those arrested were […]