Bibliography: Immigrant Rights (page 44 of 54)

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Nava, Julian (1970). Mexican Americans: A Brief Look at Their History. This short survey begins with a definition of the Mexican American and some of the questions asked by the general public about his culture and aims. It outlines the history of the United States' involvement with Mexico and explains the experience of the Mexican Americans after the end of the Mexican War in 1848. Their ethnic origins and the rich cultural backgrounds of both Mexico and Spain are described, as well as the Spanish settlement of the Southwest and California. The widespread disregard for the provisions of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which called for the free enjoyment of liberty, property, and religion, and the U.S. settlement of the West in the goldrush led to their being downgraded as citizens by means of new land registry laws and legal systems, the requirement of literacy in English as a voting qualification, and an Anglo-dominated school system. The employment of immigrant day-laborers along the border and the prevelance of Spanish-language newspapers, movies, and radio programs have hindered the equal acceptance of Mexican Americans. The present Chicano movement is doing much to advance the recognition of their cultural values and to encourage a movement toward social justice, but it is still uncertain whether they will ultimately choose assimilation or biculturalism.   [More]  Descriptors: Biculturalism, Civil Rights, Cultural Background, Disadvantaged

Denham, Alice, Ed. (1985). The Quest for Excellence in the Education of Hispanics: Proceedings of the Texas Symposium on Hispanic Educational Issues (Lubbock, Texas, April 22, 1985). The proceedings of a symposium on Hispanic educational issues, held in Texas in 1985, are collected in this pamphlet. A short preface, a list of participants, and transcriptions of brief welcoming remarks made by a number of officials are provided. Then, three conference papers are presented: (1) "For Whom the School Bell Tolls," by Lauro F. Cavazos, discusses general problems that affect Hispanic students, focusing particularly on the disproportionately high rate of Hispanic dropouts; (2) "Hispanics Creating Excellence," by Norma Cantu, reviews recent legislation and legal cases affecting Hispanic education, actions taken by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and ways in which the political, business, and educational communities might cooperate to better educate Hispanics; and (3) "Economic Challenges of Poor School Districts," by Raul Besteiro, Jr., describes generally the efforts of the Brownsville, Texas, school district to educate a continually growing population of recent Mexican immigrants, despite a very tight budget. Also included is a transcript of a general discussion among symposium participants, a summary of reports on local educational problems in 19 Texas school districts, and concluding remarks by Cavazos.   [More]  Descriptors: Civil Rights, Dropouts, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement

Meier, Matt S.; Rivera, Feliciano (1972). A Bibliography for Chicano History. The principal objective of this bibliography is to provide the beginning student in Chicano history a selective list of items useful to understanding each of the major historical periods from the Mexican American's origins to the present day. The bibliography is arranged chronologically to include: books; some Federal, state, and local governmental publications; periodicals; pamphlets; master's theses and doctoral dissertations. Three topical divisions supplement the chronological arrangement: labor and immigration; civil rights; and Chicano culture. The concluding section of the work is a bibliography of Mexican American bibliographies which is intended to be broader than "pura historia". Descriptors: American History, Bibliographies, Civil Rights, Cultural Background

Seufert, Peggy (2000). Welcome to the USA Trainers Notebook: Activities and Handouts To Accompany the Welcome Video. This guide accompanies a videotape that can be used as a tool to help prepare refugees for their life in the United States. The trainers who use this guide can help refugees to process the information that is presented in the video and relate it to their own lives. The activities suggested in the guide focus on the content of the video as well as some of the reactions and expectations that refugees might have when they first arrive in the United States. The activities strive to encourage participation and critical thinking. The video activities have been divided into three types: pre-viewing, viewing and comprehension, and post-viewing. Within each type, there are many suggested activities and handouts, but no one is expected to do every activity. The activities should be thought of as items on a menu to be selected based on the needs of the group and the teacher's own training style. The notebook itself is divided into five parts focusing respectively on: pre-arrival processing, resettlement agencies, and community services; housing and transportation; working in the USA; education, health care, and money management; and cultural adjustment and the rights and responsibilities of refugees. Each lesson begins with an outline of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that must be addressed during the unit. Numerous handouts, tables, charts, and appendices are included. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education)   [More]  Descriptors: Acculturation, Adult Education, Arabic, Audiovisual Aids

Hecker, Steven, Ed.; Hallock, Margaret, Ed. (1991). Labor in a Global Economy. Perspectives from the U.S. and Canada. Conference Proceedings (Eugene, Oregon, September 1990). The following papers are included: "Introduction: Labor in a Global Economy" (Hecker, Hallock); "Labor in a Global Economy" (Marshall); "Canadian Labor Strategies for a Global Economy" (Carr); "Recent Developments in the Canadian Political Economy" (Watkins); "Labor and Politics in the U.S. and Canada" (Bernard); "The Political Action Strategy of the Washington State Labor Council" (Kenney); "Restructuring in Industrial Relations and the Role for Labor" (Verma); "Trade, Competition, and Jobs: An Internationalist Strategy" (Dorman); "Labor Alternatives to International Competition" (Donohue); "Challenging the Ethic of Competitiveness: What's at Stake for Labor" (Gerard); "An International Mobilization Strategy" (Cohen); "Mobilizing across Borders: Unions and Multinational Corporations" (Pomeroy); "Expanding Labor's Agenda: Community Coalitions, Capital Strategies, and Economic Development" (Swinney); "Labor Has No Choice But to Play the Capital Strategies Game" (Tusler); "Achieving Authentic Labor Market Flexibility: A North-American Union Perspective" (Marschall); "Australian Union Movement Strategy" (Ogden); "Flexible Labor Markets and Labor Training–An American and International Analysis" (Deutsch); "Flexibility, Job Security, and Labor Market Policy" (Flumian); "The Impact of International Capital on Australian Labor" (Wheelwright); "A Most Un-labourlike Experience–Six Years of a Labour Government in New Zealand and Its Impact on Organized Labor" (Harbridge); "The New Work Force: Management and Labor Strategies" (Nussbaum); "The Contingent Workforce in Canada: Problems and Solutions" (MacPhail); "A Multicultural Framework for Worker Education" (La Luz); "The Politics of Privatization" (Clements); "Fighting Privatization: The British Columbia Experience" (Shields); "The Right to Organize: Labor Law and Its Impact in British Columbia" (Lanyon, Edwards); "Organizing in Canada: Adapting to Changing Conditions" (Oleksiuk); "Organizing Immigrant Workers in the Global Economy" (Quan); "The Deficiency of the Voluntary Compliance Model as a Public Policy Instrument in Workplace Health and Safety in Canada" (Sass); "Occupational Health and Safety Twenty Years after OSHA" (Baker); "Pattern Bargaining in the Pacific Northwest Lumber and Sawmill Industry: 1980-1989" (Widenor); "Pattern Bargaining in the Wood Products Industry in Western Canada" (MacLellan): "Current Issues and Future Strategies for Forest-Product Unions" (Scott); "Paying Too Much, Buying Too Little: U.S. Medical Care on the Critical List" (Schoen); "The Uninsured and Rising Health Care Costs" (Brown); "Health Care: Lessons from Canada" (Schreck, Petrie); and "The Role of the States in Health Care Reform" (Kitzhaber).   [More]  Descriptors: Competition, Economics, Employer Employee Relationship, Foreign Countries

Hartness, Ann, Ed. (1992). Biblionoticias. Numbers 35-67, 1986-1992, Biblionoticias. "Biblionoticias" is a series of brief bibliographies, usually less than 5 pages each, on Latin American topics. The bibliographies describe materials in English, Spanish, and Portuguese held by the Benson Latin American Collection of the University of Texas at Austin. Selected topics are periodically updated. The titles of numbers 35-67 are: (1) "Mexican American Holidays and Festivities" (Gilda Baeza and Margo Gutierrez); (2) "Brazilian Novels in English Translation" (Jane Garner); (3) "Cultural Journals" (Sonia Merubia); (4) "Contemporary Mexican American Ideas and Issues: Periodical Sources" (Gilda Baeza and Margo Gutierrez); (5) "Latin American Cinema" (Laura Gutierrez-Witt); (6) "Latin America and External Debt" (Ann Hartness); (7) "Public Health in Latin America" (Donald Gibbs); (8) "Latin American, Caribbean, and Mexican American Current Affairs: Access to Sources of Information" (Jane Garner); (9) "Latin American Maps in the Benson Collection" (Anne H. Jordan); (10) "Liberation Theology in Latin America" (Penny Frere); (11) "Mexican American Biographical Sources (Margo Gutierrez); (12) "Latin American Books and Their Journals" (Sonia Merubia); (13) "Latin American Slide Collection" (Jane Garner); (14) "Feminist Periodicals in Latin America" (Aimee Algier Baxter and Ann Hartness); (15) "Approaches to Contemporary Mayan Cultures" (David Pardue); (16) "La Chicana" (Margo Gutierrez); (17) "Latin American Atlases" (Anne H. Jordan); (18) "Latin American Population Censuses" (Sue Fuller); (19) "Puerto Ricans on the Mainland" (M. Alexandra Salinas); (20)"Blacks in Latin America and the Caribbean: Selected Bibliographic Sources" (Donald Gibbs); (21) "Mexican Americans in Texas" (Margo Gutierrez); (22) "Central Americans in Mexico and the United States: Selected Sources in the Social Sciences" (M. Alexandra Salinas); (23) "Organized Industrial Labor in Contemporary Mexico" (Russell E. Thomas); (24) "Drugs in the Andean Region and Mexico" (Nidia Salamanca-Speers); (25) "Mesoamerican Codices" (Michael O. Hironymous); (26) "Undocumented and Immigrant Children in the United States and Their Right to Education" (Danelle Crowley); (27) "Jews in Latin America" (Carol Evans); (28)"Solidaridad: Mexico's Antipoverty Program" (Donald L. Gibbs); (20) "The Indigenous Cultures of Mexico" (Michael O. Hironymous); (30) "Plants of the New World" (Russell E. Thomas); (31) "Latino Participation in United States Politics" (Danelle Crowley); (32) "Christopher Columbus" (Laura Gutierrez-Witt); and (33) "The Native Peoples of Guatemala" (Michael O. Hironymous).   [More]  Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, College Libraries, Higher Education, Latin American Culture

Immigration and Naturalization Service (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC. (1970). English and Federal Government. Federal Textbook on Citizenship–Home Study Course. Section 2, for the Helper. Course arrangement, specific helper instructions, and terminology are covered in this helper's handbook for home study candidates for naturalization who speak English to learn to read and write English. It is intended to be used to give a limited amount of help provided by a family member or neighbor, and accompanies the booklet "English and Federal Government–For the Student (Section II)." The 29 lessons teach vocabulary necessary to understanding representative democracy, freedoms and rights, the Constitution, and the three branches of United States government. Examinations included at the end of the text are to be sent in, with helper evaluations, to the correspondence teacher for the Immigration and Naturalization Service.   [More]  Descriptors: Citizenship, Civil Rights, Democracy, Governmental Structure

Sawyer, Kem Knapp (1995). Refugees: Seeking a Safe Haven. Multicultural Issues. Millions of people around the world have lost the freedom to remain in their homes or choose where they want to live. In fact, 1 in every 125 people in this world is a refugee. For many refugees, finding a new home is a long, tedious, and painful process. Many host countries that receive refugees suffer from overpopulation, housing shortages, and rising unemployment. An influx of refugees only increases their problems. Proponents of refugee policy reform often stress that not only is space in a host country limited, but that helping people who remain in their homelands is more cost efficient than helping them resettle. Efforts to protect the rights of displaced peoples and end the strife that rendered them homeless are underway in many places. The history of refugee movements in this century is traced, and organizations that protect the rights of refugees are described. Chapters examine the lives of refugees in different regions of the world. The discussion also touches on what the international community can do to safeguard an individual's right to refuge and to promote fair treatment in host countries without giving the hosts too much to bear. Studying the problems of refugees is only a first step in addressing them. (Contains 1 map and 48 references.) Descriptors: Acculturation, Foreign Nationals, Foreign Workers, Immigrants

McCourt, Kathleen (1980). Euro-Ethnic Women: Some Observations. This paper focuses on the situation of working class women of southern and eastern European descent in the United States. Particular problems faced by immigrant women and their female descendants in their efforts to preserve ethnic culture while adapting to the American social and economic system are discussed. Also considered are the contradictions experienced by working class ethnic women, strongly tied to a tradition that encouraged them to submerge their egos to their husbands' and families' needs, in a modern society that emphasizes self, personal fulfillment, and individual goal attainment. The importance of urban ethnic neighborhoods and communities to their residents' social lives and cultural identities is stressed. Changing demographic patterns and upward socioeconomic mobility are described as contributing to the loss of neighborhood and community and the subsequent disruption in ethnic women's lives. It is suggested, in conclusion, that ethnic women's problems resemble the conditions faced by all working class and minority women, and that the resolution of these problems lies in the reordering of national priorities in order to strengthen communities and enhance the quality of daily life. Descriptors: Acculturation, Adjustment (to Environment), Community Change, Ethnic Groups

Noah, Harold J. (1983). Educational Policy for Linguistic and Cultural Minorities: The State and the Individual. The problem of educational policy for language minorities, particularly those minorities who might be considered oppressed, include the right to education in the minority language. Rights properly considered also carry with them obligations; in this case, minority language speakers would have obligations toward the language of the majority. Two considerations in the area of minority and majority claims and counterclaims relate to economics and to the concept of "mediating structures." Economic considerations relate to the costs and benefits of different policies, as evaluated by the different language groups. These evaluations affect the extent to which formally enunciated rights and obligations are honored in practice. With regard to policy, its aim should be to minimize the perceived costs of a pluralistic approach and to maximize the perceived benefits to all concerned. The second set of considerations on "mediating structures" is shown to be relevant for policies governing the education of language minorities. The controlling aim should be to enable the minority family and its children to negotiate the "megastructures" of society. The mediating structures–neighborhoods, churches, voluntary associations, and the like–would assist the families in the negotiation.   [More]  Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Civil Rights, Economically Disadvantaged, Economics

Simpson, Alan (1995). Statement of United States Senator Alan Simpson during Debate on H.R. 4312, a Bill To Reauthorize the Use of Bilingual Ballots in the United States. The statement of Senator Alan Simpson (Republican, Wyoming) is in opposition to the House of Representatives Bill to reauthorize use of bilingual ballots in United States elections. The principal argument offered is that use of bilingual ballots would promote divisiveness rather than inclusion or cohesion, by encouraging the growth of enclaves within the country where English is not the common language. Several prominent authors are cited as opposing the spread of bilingualism. It is suggested that providing bilingual ballots would: (1) not encourage the learning of English but would reduce pressure to learn it and give the impression that the government does not consider knowledge of English to be important; (2) support ethnic separateness; and (3) endanger consistency in communication. A number of legislators who have supported the learning of English among immigrants are cited. It is further argued that the government has little evidence to support continuing use of bilingual ballots, and that since their institution, the voting rate among Hispanics has actually declined in relation to that of white voters. Votes in California that reject bilingual ballots are also noted. Several questions concerning the effectiveness of bilingual ballots are posed as issues that must be investigated further.   [More]  Descriptors: Acculturation, Elections, English (Second Language), Federal Government

Rose, Jane Atteridge (1989). Lillie Buffum Chace Wyman: Writing for Reform. A collection of eight short stories first published in 1886 in "Atlantic Monthly" under the title "Poverty Grass" is worth recovering, particularly now in light of renewed critical interest in history, culture, and feminism. Written by a 19th century activist and documentarian of social reform named Lillie Buffum Chace Wyman, these regional stories of New England factory and village life are striking for their depiction of truth in fiction. Most notable today, perhaps, is Wyman's commitment to individuals marginalized by 19th century American experience: the immigrant, the uneducated, the impoverished, the handicapped, and the female. One of these stories of persons struggling against odds is "The Child of the State" in which Wyman accuses the criminal justice system of inhumanity as well as inefficacy, particularly in its treatment of female youth. The short story illustrates Wyman's masterful use of formulaic plot and documentary style, stripped of ornamentation, as she relates the history of her lower class protagonist, Josie Welch. Descriptors: Authors, Civil Rights, Feminism, Literary History

National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC. (1985). Immigration Reform and Related Issues. Perspectivas Publicas. Issue Update. Asserting that immigration reform and related issues have commanded sustained attention in the opening weeks of the 99th Congress, this paper provides an overview of important developments in this area, and highlights steps taken by the National Council of La Raza to help shape these developments. The developments discussed include: (1) The Immigration and Naturalization Service's (INS) initiation of the Cuban Adjustmant Program (La Raza, working as one member of an ad hoc task force, is meeting with the INS to clarify review procedures and guarantee protection of constitutional due process); (2) proposed legislation to temporarily suspend the deportation of Salvadorean immigrants pending a detailed study of their situation; and (3) the introduction of two immigration reform proposals, both with provisions that would affect hiring practices, eligibility requirements for permanent resident status, and other immigration problems. Other possible immigration proposals are also looked at. Finally, La Raza's participation in a coalition on immigration reform legislation is described. It is held that current conditions disadvantage hundreds of thousands of Hispanics nationwide; La Raza is working with other organizations to forge effective, nondiscriminatory legislation. The organization's conviction that excludable aliens are entitled to full legal protection is defended, and its opposition to Jean v. Nelson is asserted. A fact sheet on the Cuban deportations is also included, as background material on the process by which Cubans who arrived in the 1980 Mariel Boatlift are to be deported. Descriptors: Civil Rights, Federal Legislation, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants

Ferraro, Carole (1998). Job Search Workshop Curriculum. This bilingual curriculum was developed by job search counselors at a Seattle nonprofit social service agency in conjunction with Washington state's welfare reform initiative, WorkFirst. The workshops were 30-hours long and were given over a 2-week period. The classes were conducted in the students' native language, as well as in English by an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teacher. The units cover an entire range of work search activities as well as job retention skills and worker rights. Group work is an integral part of the job search workshop. As clients work together and share their concerns, they provide support for each other and develop team work skills that are valued by employers. The workshop is divided into 10 units, plus appendices. Covered topics include the following: an introduction to purpose, topics, and goals of the workshop; cultural differences; changes in welfare laws; the identification of job skills; a description of entry-level jobs; resources for locating job listings; job hunting; application processes; interview practice; resume writing; identifying what employers are looking for; qualities of effective workers; keeping a job; making money, benefits, workers rights, and unions; starting the new job; and changing jobs and career ladders. Useful forms are included. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education)   [More]  Descriptors: Adult Education, Bilingual Instructional Materials, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques

Kamasaki, Charles (1986). Action Needed To Educate Hispanics, Employers about Implications of New Immigration Legislation. Designed to inform key members of La Raza about practical implications of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, this bulletin outlines immediate action that should be taken to educate the Hispanic community and employers about the legislation. Brief summaries are provided for four critical provisions of the legislation: (1) a legalization program that permits certain individuals to become permanent resident aliens; (2) farmworker provisions; (3) a requirement that non-citizen applicants for federal benefit programs be screened to insure legal entitlement; and (4) employer sanctions that make it illegal for employers to knowingly hire undocumented persons. The following section sets out actions that should be taken and actions that should be avoided by employers as well as individual Hispanics. Employers are cautioned against firing any current employees regardless of their immigration status or discriminating against individuals on the basis of national origin. Undocumented immigrants are cautioned against going to the Immigration and Naturalization Service to apply for legalization or paying anyone who purports to be able to help with applications for legalization. A press release is attached containing the views of Raul Yzaguirre, president of the National Council of La Raza, on the new immigration legislation. Descriptors: Agricultural Laborers, Civil Rights, Compliance (Legal), Employers

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