Daily Archives: September 8, 2019

2019-09-08: News Headlines

Aaron Freedman (2019-09-08). Isiah James Wants to Take Brooklyn's Fight for Affordable Housing to Congress. theintercept.com It's a hot, humid summer evening in Brooklyn, the kind that would keep most people inside with the air conditioner blasting. But not Isiah James. | The towering 32-year-old veteran who's running for Congress in New York's 9th District, in the heart of Brooklyn, is walking with me down Flatbush Avenue, talking a mile a minute as he points to the luxury developments that have sprouted up amid the modest row homes and small shops of the Prospect Heights neighborhood. | "These used to be apartments for Caribbean American immigrants," he says in a deep, booming voice, his arms sweeping across an intersection dotted wi…

Bill Hackwell (2019-09-08). Honduras: Refugees and Resistance. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin | 240 Channing Way, San Rafael CA…

Staff (2019-09-07). Bahamas 'Hour of Darkness': 43 Dead, With Toll to Rise. truthdig.com ABACO, Bahamas—The hurricane death toll is rising in the Bahamas, in what its leader calls "this hour of darkness." | Search and rescue teams were still trying to reach some Bahamian communities isolated by floodwaters and debris Saturday after Hurricane Dorian struck the northern part of the archipelago last Sunday. At least 43 people died. | Several hundred people, many of them Haitian immigrants, waited at Abaco island's Marsh Harbour in hopes of leaving the disaster zone on vessels arriving with aid. Bahamian security forces were organizing evacuations on a landing craft. Other boats, including yachts a…

teleSUR (2019-09-07). Italy's 'Closed Ports Policy' Stays, Minister Luciana Lamorgese. telesurenglish.net Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese confirmed Friday that the "Ports Closed" policy remains in force, although the far-right politician Matteo Salvini is no longer part of the new ruling coalition. | RELATED: | Italy: Pro-Migrant Mayor Lucano Allowed to Return to His City | This comes as the rescue vessel 'Alan Kurdi', which is currently waiting off Malta with Tunisian migrants rescued at the Mediterranean sea, has not been authorized to enter Italian ports. | "We asked…

teleSUR (2019-09-06). Mexican Soldiers Clash with Haitian, African Migrants at Border. telesurenglish.net Dozens of Haitian and African migrants clashed with Mexican security forces on Thursday outside the Siglo XXI migration post in Tapachula in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, close to the Guatemalan border, demanding to be given visas to continue on their journey north. | RELATED: | African, Haitian Migrants Protest in Mexico's Southern Border | The migrants continued Friday for the sixth day in a row the demonstrations they have been holding for a week. No people were reporte…

Michael Atkinson (2019-09-06). Immigrant Song: 'I'm Leaving Now'. progressive.org A new documentary trains our focus on an underexposed slice of the immigration dynamic: the urge to return home.

susan_p (2019-09-06). Hungary: Europe's creeping fascism. greenleft.org.au immigration Luke CooperIssue 1236 Hungary rise of the far right Refugees holocaustSeptember 6, 2019Just along from the Hungarian parliament buil…

Katha Pollitt (2019-09-05). Almost Everything Bad That Trump Did This Summer. thenation.com Almost Everything Bad That Trump Did This Summer…

Staff (2019-09-05). Nearly 2 Million People in India Could Lose Citizenship in Biggest Disenfranchisement in History. democracynow.org Nearly 2 million people in the northeast state of Assam are at risk of being rendered stateless in India after the government published its National Register of Citizens list Saturday. The highly contested register was first created in 1951 and lists people who are able to prove they came to the state by March 24, 1971 — the day before neighboring Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, declared independence from Pakistan. The Indian government says the list helps identify Bangladeshi migrants who are not legal residents. Critics have denounced the register as an attempt to deport millions of Muslims. Residents sus…

Staff (2019-09-05). Headlines for September 5, 2019. democracynow.org 2020 Dem Candidates Talk Fracking, Green New Deal, Nuclear Energy & More at Climate Crisis Town Hall, Brexit Battle Heats Up as Lawmakers Vote to Block "No-Deal" Scenario, Trump Shows Doctored Hurricane Map as Dorian Hits U.S. Coast After Ravaging Bahamas, Report: FBI Tracking Immigration Activists Who Oppose Trump Policies, Aid Groups Uncover More Human Remains at Arizona-Mexico Border, State Dept. Official Offered Millions to Captain of Iranian Oil Tanker to Divert Vessel, Mexico: Main Suspect in 2014 Ayotzinapa Student Disappearance Acquitted, Denmark Bans PFAS from Food Packaging, Germany Announces Glyphosate…

Staff (2019-09-04). Headlines for September 4, 2019. democracynow.org 13,000 Homes Destroyed, At Least 7 Dead as Hurricane Dorian Devastates Bahamas, Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam Withdraws Extradition Bill After Months of Protest, Boris Johnson Faces Crushing Blow to Brexit Plan as MPs Rebel Against No-Deal Exit from EU, Walmart Will Stop Selling Assault Weapon Ammunition Following Spate of Deadly Mass Shootings, 14-Year-Old Alabama Teen Shoots and Kills 5 Family Members, Trump Admin Diverts $3.6 Billion from Defense Budget to Build Border Wall, Trump Admin Partially Backtracks on Plan to Deport Immigrants with Serious Health Conditions, Guatemalan Presidential Runner-Up and Ex-Firs…

Fred_F (2019-09-04). Melbourne rallies behind Biloela family. greenleft.org.au refugee rallies Tamil refugees Chris SleeIssue 1236 Australia Biloela MelbourneSeptember 4, 2019Refugee supporters in Melbourne have r…

David Cantor (2019-09-03). Racist Ideology and Practice Rooted in Speciesism. dissidentvoice.org When perceived authorities like President Trump designate immigrants "animals," they authorize abuse of those officially disparaged people. Conscience-challenged people predictably seek to enhance their status by carrying out apparent or explicit wishes of adored "leaders." Trump probably has not personally killed or rounded up anyone. Neither have many other authoritarian despots whose policies and rhetoric …

Paul Dobson (2019-09-02). Venezuela Points Finger at Duque for Breakdown of Colombian Peace Process. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government also refuted accusations that it offers "refuge" to FARC-EP rebels.

Staff (2019-09-02). Death and Resistance on the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Democracy Now! Special. democracynow.org Democracy Now! travels to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona to follow the humanitarian activist Scott Warren into the Sonoran Desert as he accompanies other No More Deaths volunteers as they leave water and food for migrants making the treacherous journey north. Warren is currently facing up to 10 years in prison for his humanitarian work in the Sonoran Desert, where the bodies and bones of more than 3,000 people — nearly all migrants — have been found since 2001. We also speak to the Tucson-based artist Alvaro Enciso, creator of the project Where Dreams Die. He has built and installed over 900 crosse…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-01). Max Blumenthal on the US legacy in Honduras: migrant crisis, political murders, narco-President. thegrayzone.com Back from Honduras, The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal discusses the impact of US meddling over the last decade: a narco-President, Juan…

Shant Jaltorossian (2019-08-30). Counter-protesters outnumber 'Straight Pride' event crowd. liberationnews.org After failing to secure a city permit, a group organizing a so-called "Straight Pride" rally held a gathering Aug. 24 outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Modesto, California, holding signs with pro-Trump, anti-abortion, and anti-immigrant sentiments.

splcenter (2019-08-30). Weekend Read: Trump's anti-immigrant campaign gets even crueler. splcenter.org The list of cruelties that the Trump administration is inventing in its zeal to punish migrants and their children keeps getting longer and more extreme.

Staff (2019-08-30). "All-Out Attack": Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies Target Children, Cancer Patients & Servicemembers. democracynow.org On Tuesday, the Trump administration reportedly ended its "medical deferred action" program, which allows immigrants with serious health problems to stay in the U.S. for up to two years beyond the terms of their visas to receive critical treatment. Just one day later, it announced that some children born to U.S. servicemembers and government employees stationed overseas will no longer automatically receive citizenship. The policy changes come days after the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to allow the Trump administration to implement its rule banning almost all migrants from seeking asylum in the Unit…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-08-28). Report: One Venezuelan Migrant Killed Every Day in Colombia. venezuelanalysis.com Criminal activity and xenophobic attacks have been cited among the main causes.

CounterSpin (2019-08-23). Sasha Abramsky on Trump's New Attack on Immigrants. fair.org Media…

Neri Felipe (2019-08-23). Escuelita àìscar Romero in Philadelphia builds unity in the face of anti-immigrant terror. liberationnews.org The Escuelita àìscar Romero, a program of the Philadelphia branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation which primarily serves recently arrived Central American children, just concluded its first summer camp.

splcenter (2019-08-23). Weekend Read: ICE's deliberate cruelty. splcenter.org Five days after taking office, President Trump signed "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States" — an executive order calling for the hiring of thousands of new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and the use of state and local police to enforce immigration law.

Norman Stockwell (2019-08-22). 'Anti-alien Hysteria:' Journalist Elizabeth Glendower Evans and the Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti. progressive.org In a case perhaps more relevant now than ever, the trial of the two immigrants became a rallying point for 1920s progressives, labor activists, and human rights advocates around the globe.

ACLU (2019-08-22). A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx. We're Suing. aclu.org Officers in a Louisiana jail held a U.S. citizen for four days on an immigration hold simply because of his skin color and name. | Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold — despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver's license, and a Social Security card, and despite that fact that a court ordered his release. | Torres' ordeal began in August 2018, when he was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Torres, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2009, was carrying multiple forms of identification, inclu…

ACLU (2019-08-19). Trump is Taking More Money for Raids and Detention. Congress Should Stop Him. aclu.org Without congressional checks, ICE and CBP will continue to overspend and overstep. | 08/27/19 Update: Congress made public today a document outlining the Department of Homeland Security's plan to take nearly $280 million in funds meant for FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the TSA, among other critical priorities. Over $115 million of these funds will go towards President Trump's growing detention and deportations of immigrants, with the rest being used for sham border courts to…

splcenter (2019-08-19). SPLC, allies sue ICE for ignoring medical, mental health and disability needs of detained immigrants. splcenter.org Faour Abdallah Fraihat, who ran a successful construction business for years in California, is currently in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

splcenter (2019-08-13). SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants. splcenter.org The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.

2019-09-08: Social Media Postees

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Isiah James Wants to Take Brooklyn's Fight for Affordable Housing to Congress
Aaron Freedman | theintercept.com | 2019-09-08
It's a hot, humid summer evening in Brooklyn, the kind that would keep most people inside with the air conditioner blasting. But not Isiah James. | The towering 32-year-old veteran who's running for Congress in New York's 9th District, in the heart of Brooklyn, is walking with me down Flatbush Avenue, talking a mile a minute as he points to the luxury developments that have sprouted up amid the modest row homes and small shops of the Prospect Heights neighborhood. | "These used to be apartments for Caribbean American immigrants," he says in a deep, booming voice, his arms sweeping across an intersection dotted wi…
theintercept.com/2019/09/08/yvette-clark-isiah-james-new-york-primary/

Honduras: Refugees and Resistance
Bill Hackwell | indybay.org | 2019-09-08
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin | 240 Channing Way, San Rafael CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/07/18826077.php

Bahamas 'Hour of Darkness': 43 Dead, With Toll to Rise
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-07
ABACO, Bahamas–The hurricane death toll is rising in the Bahamas, in what its leader calls "this hour of darkness." | Search and rescue teams were still trying to reach some Bahamian communities isolated by floodwaters and debris Saturday after Hurricane Dorian struck the northern part of the archipelago last Sunday. At least 43 people died. | Several hundred people, many of them Haitian immigrants, waited at Abaco island's Marsh Harbour in hopes of leaving the disaster zone on vessels arriving with aid. Bahamian security forces were organizing evacuations on a landing craft. Other boats, including yachts a…
truthdig.com/articles/bahamas-hour-of-darkness-43-dead-with-toll-to-rise/

Italy's 'Closed Ports Policy' Stays, Minister Luciana Lamorgese
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-07
Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese confirmed Friday that the "Ports Closed" policy remains in force, although the far-right politician Matteo Salvini is no longer part of the new ruling coalition. | RELATED: | Italy: Pro-Migrant Mayor Lucano Allowed to Return to His City | This comes as the rescue vessel 'Alan Kurdi', which is currently waiting off Malta with Tunisian migrants rescued at the Mediterranean sea, has not been authorized to enter Italian ports. | "We asked…
telesurenglish.net/news/Italy-Closed-Ports-Policy-Stays-Minister-Luciana-Lamorgese-20190907-0006.html

Mexican Soldiers Clash with Haitian, African Migrants at Border
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-06
Dozens of Haitian and African migrants clashed with Mexican security forces on Thursday outside the Siglo XXI migration post in Tapachula in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, close to the Guatemalan border, demanding to be given visas to continue on their journey north. | RELATED: | African, Haitian Migrants Protest in Mexico's Southern Border | The migrants continued Friday for the sixth day in a row the demonstrations they have been holding for a week. No people were reporte…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexican-Soldiers-Clash-with-Haitian-African-Migrants-at-Border-20190906-0012.html

Immigrant Song: 'I'm Leaving Now'
Michael Atkinson | progressive.org | 2019-09-06
A new documentary trains our focus on an underexposed slice of the immigration dynamic: the urge to return home.
progressive.org/dispatches/immigrant-song-im-leaving-now-documentary-atkinson-190906/

Hungary: Europe's creeping fascism
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-06
immigration Luke CooperIssue 1236 Hungary rise of the far right Refugees holocaustSeptember 6, 2019Just along from the Hungarian parliament buil…
greenleft.org.au/content/hungary-europe-creeping-fascism

Almost Everything Bad That Trump Did This Summer
Katha Pollitt | thenation.com | 2019-09-05
Almost Everything Bad That Trump Did This Summer…
thenation.com/article/donald-trump-administration-immigration/

Nearly 2 Million People in India Could Lose Citizenship in Biggest Disenfranchisement in History
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-05
Nearly 2 million people in the northeast state of Assam are at risk of being rendered stateless in India after the government published its National Register of Citizens list Saturday. The highly contested register was first created in 1951 and lists people who are able to prove they came to the state by March 24, 1971 — the day before neighboring Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, declared independence from Pakistan. The Indian government says the list helps identify Bangladeshi migrants who are not legal residents. Critics have denounced the register as an attempt to deport millions of Muslims. Residents sus…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/5/siddhartha_deb_assam_national_register_of

Melbourne rallies behind Biloela family
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-04
refugee rallies Tamil refugees Chris SleeIssue 1236 Australia Biloela MelbourneSeptember 4, 2019Refugee supporters in Melbourne have r…
greenleft.org.au/content/melbourne-rallies-behind-biloela-family

Racist Ideology and Practice Rooted in Speciesism
David Cantor | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-03
When perceived authorities like President Trump designate immigrants "animals," they authorize abuse of those officially disparaged people. Conscience-challenged people predictably seek to enhance their status by carrying out apparent or explicit wishes of adored "leaders." Trump probably has not personally killed or rounded up anyone. Neither have many other authoritarian despots whose policies and rhetoric …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/racist-ideology-and-practice-rooted-in-speciesism/

Venezuela Points Finger at Duque for Breakdown of Colombian Peace Process
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-09-02
The Maduro government also refuted accusations that it offers "refuge" to FARC-EP rebels.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14646

Death and Resistance on the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Democracy Now! Special
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-02
Democracy Now! travels to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona to follow the humanitarian activist Scott Warren into the Sonoran Desert as he accompanies other No More Deaths volunteers as they leave water and food for migrants making the treacherous journey north. Warren is currently facing up to 10 years in prison for his humanitarian work in the Sonoran Desert, where the bodies and bones of more than 3,000 people — nearly all migrants — have been found since 2001. We also speak to the Tucson-based artist Alvaro Enciso, creator of the project Where Dreams Die. He has built and installed over 900 crosse…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/2/death_and_resistance_on_the_us

Max Blumenthal on the US legacy in Honduras: migrant crisis, political murders, narco-President
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-01
Back from Honduras, The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal discusses the impact of US meddling over the last decade: a narco-President, Juan…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/01/max-blumenthal-on-the-us-legacy-in-honduras-migrant-crisis-political-murders-narco-president/

Weekend Read: Trump's anti-immigrant campaign gets even crueler
splcenter.org | 2019-08-30
The list of cruelties that the Trump administration is inventing in its zeal to punish migrants and their children keeps getting longer and more extreme.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/30/weekend-read-trumps-anti-immigrant-campaign-gets-even-crueler

Counter-protesters outnumber 'Straight Pride' event crowd
Shant Jaltorossian | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-30
After failing to secure a city permit, a group organizing a so-called "Straight Pride" rally held a gathering Aug. 24 outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Modesto, California, holding signs with pro-Trump, anti-abortion, and anti-immigrant sentiments.
liberationnews.org/counter-protesters-outnumber-straight-pride-event-crowd/

"All-Out Attack": Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies Target Children, Cancer Patients & Servicemembers
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-30
On Tuesday, the Trump administration reportedly ended its "medical deferred action" program, which allows immigrants with serious health problems to stay in the U.S. for up to two years beyond the terms of their visas to receive critical treatment. Just one day later, it announced that some children born to U.S. servicemembers and government employees stationed overseas will no longer automatically receive citizenship. The policy changes come days after the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to allow the Trump administration to implement its rule banning almost all migrants from seeking asylum in the Unit…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/30/lee_gelernt_aclu_immigrant_rights

Report: One Venezuelan Migrant Killed Every Day in Colombia
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-28
Criminal activity and xenophobic attacks have been cited among the main causes.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14641

Sasha Abramsky on Trump's New Attack on Immigrants
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-08-23
Media…
fair.org/home/sasha-abramsky-on-trumps-new-attack-on-immigrants/

Weekend Read: ICE's deliberate cruelty
splcenter.org | 2019-08-23
Five days after taking office, President Trump signed "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States" — an executive order calling for the hiring of thousands of new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and the use of state and local police to enforce immigration law.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/24/weekend-read-ices-deliberate-cruelty

Escuelita àìscar Romero in Philadelphia builds unity in the face of anti-immigrant terror
Neri Felipe | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-23
The Escuelita àìscar Romero, a program of the Philadelphia branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation which primarily serves recently arrived Central American children, just concluded its first summer camp.
liberationnews.org/escuelita-oscar-romero-in-philadelphia-builds-unity-in-the-face-of-anti-immigrant-terror/

'Anti-alien Hysteria:' Journalist Elizabeth Glendower Evans and the Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti
Norman Stockwell | progressive.org | 2019-08-22
In a case perhaps more relevant now than ever, the trial of the two immigrants became a rallying point for 1920s progressives, labor activists, and human rights advocates around the globe.
progressive.org/dispatches/anti-alien-hysteria-elizabeth-glendower-evans-sacco-vanzetti-stockwell-190822/

A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx. We're Suing
aclu.org | 2019-08-22
Officers in a Louisiana jail held a U.S. citizen for four days on an immigration hold simply because of his skin color and name. | Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold — despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver's license, and a Social Security card, and despite that fact that a court ordered his release. | Torres' ordeal began in August 2018, when he was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Torres, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2009, was carrying multiple forms of identification, inclu…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/louisiana-parish-jailed-us-citizen-being-latinx-were

SPLC, allies sue ICE for ignoring medical, mental health and disability needs of detained immigrants
splcenter.org | 2019-08-19
Faour Abdallah Fraihat, who ran a successful construction business for years in California, is currently in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/19/splc-allies-sue-ice-ignoring-medical-mental-health-and-disability-needs-detained-immigrants

Trump is Taking More Money for Raids and Detention. Congress Should Stop Him
aclu.org | 2019-08-19
Without congressional checks, ICE and CBP will continue to overspend and overstep. | 08/27/19 Update: Congress made public today a document outlining the Department of Homeland Security's plan to take nearly $280 million in funds meant for FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the TSA, among other critical priorities. Over $115 million of these funds will go towards President Trump's growing detention and deportations of immigrants, with the rest being used for sham border courts to…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/immigrants-rights-and-detention/trump-taking-more-money-raids-and-detention

SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants
splcenter.org | 2019-08-13
The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/13/splc-joins-brief-opposing-kansas-law-targeting-immigrants