Monthly Archive: June 2018

The Institutionalized Cruelty of Separation: My Story

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By Byron José Sun (June 29, 2018) in 1988, a few days before Thanksgiving and just a couple of weeks after the picture below was taken; my mother and I were sitting in a detention center in San Ysidro, CA. My mother was 19 and I was under two years old. The border patrol had arrested us after the sewage…
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Moving From Shock and Despair into Galvanization

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By Alex S. Morgan (June 27, 2018) I come from a long line of stubborn fighters. It’s coming time for some ancestor magic. We are not helpless. In the here and now, we have ties to the past and the future. We have not only the force of our own will, but that of generations behind us. We have not…
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The Politics of Cruelty Have Roots Before Trump

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By Mark Naison (June 24, 2018) Those of you who are shocked that Donald Trump successfully employed a politics of cruelty and rage to take him to the Presidency might want to revisit two events which prefigured his campaign: the excommunication of the Dixie Chicks from country music radio; 2. and the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s Vice…
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We Need a Theology of Liberation in the United States

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By Mikasi Goodwin (June 22, 2018) I was born and raised in Oregon, on colonized land, in a state founded specifically on systemic racism. I grew up poor. I grew up in a rural, conservative environment. I was very conservative for a long time. I am white, a trans woman, a lesbian, and a poor person. I say this to…
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Trump’s Four Immigration Pillars

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By Ana Castillo (June 21, 2018) THE 4 PILLARS HE DEMANDS BE MET; Let’s examine the hypocrisy, the fallacy of his proposed sincere desire to resolve, and the reality that makes it impossible for Congress to vaguely go along with HIS demands. 1. He HAS AND IS deporting Dreamers. 2. Demands $25 billion dollars for the WALL. It is no…
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The Separation of Immigrant Families is Institutionalized Cruelty

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By Joseph Orosco (June 19, 2018) As I listened to the recording of immigrant kids crying because they were being separated from their parents, I heard the Border Patrol agent joke that they sounded like an orchestra without a conductor. My reaction was to wonder how anyone could be so cruel to the fear of young children. What could make…
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The Future is Organizing

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By Teka Lark (June 18, 2018) This “you don’t need to go to college, the future is in trade” is absolute rubbish. It is absolute bullshit. The trades will not keep you safe, technology is coming for you next. Almost every job that exists from plumbing, to roofing, to wiring your wall can be automated now; EVERYTHING, driving a cab,…
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This Treatment of Immigrants is a Dark Stain on US History

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By Arun Gupta ( June 18, 2018) Immigrants are not your bludgeon to use against Democrats. Immigrants are not an object for your history lessons. Immigrants are not numbers in your game. Your argument that “it happened before” is utterly inhumane and shows complete contempt for solidarity for millions of immigrants in peril. What is happening now is unprecedented. Trump…
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Have You Ever Had to?

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By Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas (June 16, 2018) Have you ever had to? Abandon a lifetime at the eye-blink notice of a memory? As villages collapse and dreams become black fumes? As tanks roll-in while drones of anger machete their bloody ways into crops and farms? No laws can stop imploding sadness; burying babies in Syria.  Dead AF floating towards the shores…
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Bourdain was Right: Food is About the Human Connection

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By Arun Gupta (June 14, 2018) After immersing myself in Bourdain’s work for days — his books, interviews, hundreds of articles, a dozen shows — I did some cooking with my mom. Bourdain is right that the best food is to be found within the home. The most elaborate, artistic, and expensive, is in restaurants, but the food there is…
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Two Key Areas Where the President Ignores Historical Trends

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By Mark Naison (June 5, 2018) Two key areas where President Trump either distorts historical trends or cynically presents false information for political gain are the following: First, the notion that our “ inner cities are plagued by crime” and face a terrible crisis which liberals have ignored. If this was 1995, those remarks might have been relevant, but in…
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