Millions of undocumented immigrants in California will breathe a sigh of relief when a new state law takes effect Jan. 1. The law requires that officers at sobriety checkpoints allow unlicensed drivers to call the vehicle owner or another person with a license to pick up the car.
When did patriotism become xenophobia? I mean you’re supposed to share how great your country is, not force people to see things your way. Who knows, in the process you might learn something new, something others do better than your own culture or society. Something that will make you all stronger together.
“My blood family and I had a contentious relationship due to my political involvement teemed with my sexuality and gender identity…Due to this, I was kicked out, homeless, and estranged as a young person from my blood family. This has incited displacement, a painful sense of mobility, and an instability that show itself during holiday time.”—brownroundboi, “Queer and Immigrant for the Holidays” (HuffPost Gay Voices)
An adopted teen who has lived in Port St. Joe, Fla. since she was 3 faces possible deportation to England for refusing a vaccination, she and her mother say.
Simone Davis, 17, said she has no need for the vaccine Gardasil, which guards against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus virus, because she is not sexually active, ABC News reported.
But the U.S. government requires female immigrants between the ages of 11 and 26 to receive Gardasil shots before they can become citizens.
As a devout Christian who has taken a virginity pledge, Simone argues she is in no danger of getting cervical cancer and sees no reason to get the vaccine. American-born girls are encouraged, but not required, to get the vaccine.
Simone and Jean Davis sought a waiver on moral and religious grounds, but were turned down. They have 30 days to appeal the ruling. Without citizenship, Simone can be sent back to England, ABC said.
“I kind of feel like they may be experimenting with immigrants to see how we will react and then give the vaccine to citizens,” Simone said. “If it is such a great vaccine, why isn’t it mandatory for everyone?”
I didn’t know this was a requirement for immigrants. It really doesn’t seem fair to force this on the girl. I mean, HPV is a very widespread STI that can cause cervical cancer, but there are also some risks with the vaccine. I mean, I cringe when reading about the ‘virginity pledge’, etc… and I’m all for good sex ed and protection, but it really doesn’t seem fair to force this girl to take the vaccine.
Most of the unauthorized immigrants Human Rights Watch interviewed have lived in the US for at least 10 years, and many have US citizen children. These numbers are mirrored nationwide, as recent research shows nearly two-thirds of unauthorized immigrants have lived in the US at least 10 years, and nearly half are parents of minor children. What is happening in Alabama demonstrates that enforcement-only efforts targeted at unauthorized immigrants are likely also to compromise the rights of US citizens and permanent residents and to harm the communities and economies that depend on them.
Over and over in Alabama, we heard immigrants assert their humanity and declare, ‘Legal or illegal, I’m human,’” Meng said. “Alabama should recognize the humanity and fundamental rights of all the state’s residents and immediately repeal the Beason-Hammon Act.”
In September 2010, 16-year-old Palestinian refugee Mohamad Fahed arrives at London’s Heathrow airport and is taken to Britain’s most prestigious private school, Eton College. Here, thanks to an all-expenses paid scholarship, he will spend the next two years, adopting the mantle of a public schoolboy in an environment that is largely unknown, even to the British.
Mohamad is a charismatic and thoughtful boy whose life so far has been spent in the Al Rashidieh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon. Mohamad’s dream is to become a genetic engineer, but as the third generation of his family to be born in exile, with few educational or job opportunities guaranteed, this dream seemed destined to remain unfulfilled. Winning the scholarship, however, will open up his life in ways he cannot yet imagine.
Witness follows Mohamad through his first year at this extraordinary school - as he gets to grips with the unique uniform, tailcoats and starched white collars, and adapts his taste buds to the very different food served in the school canteen, while dealing with the inevitable homesickness and undertaking the process of making new friends among the privileged college students.
While travelling in Lebanon in 2010, I heard about a boy from one of the Palestinian refugee camps who had won a scholarship to Eton College, Britain’s most prestigious school. I was intrigued to find out more, attracted by the sharp cultural contrasts his story was likely to reveal. Mohamad Fahed turned out to be a bright, articulate young man, the son of a teacher, whose grandparents had fled Palestine in 1948. Top of his class and with hopes of being a genetic engineer, Mohamad had been given a lucky break. His family and Eton, a school that rarely permits filming, agreed to let me document his story.
There are over 400,000 Palestinians living in Lebanon; many of whom live in one of the 12 official refugee camps, while others inhabit informal ‘gatherings’ or settlements. Living conditions vary but housing is often cramped and with only basic infrastructure. Unemployment figures are high, with Palestinians unable to work in a number of professions, including law, engineering and medicine. Mohamad’s school is funded by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which also provides health and social services to refugees, who cannot claim the same basic rights as either Lebanese citizens or other foreigners living in the country.
The scholarship to Eton has the potential to be life changing for Mohamad, offering a rare chance to fulfill his ambitions. The Horizon Scholarship at Eton is funded by private benefactors and supports an academically gifted boy from the Palestinian territories, enabling him to complete his secondary education at one the best schools in the world and to apply for university during that time. For Mohamad, who had never left Lebanon, it would be a passport to a new life.
I filmed with him in Lebanon, seeing him at school and at home with his family. He showed me the bedroom he shared with his grandmother and two brothers, and I spoke to his parents who were immensely proud of his achievement.
In September, he arrived in the UK for the beginning of term and was thrown straight into school life. To leave his family for a new country would have been daunting in itself, but to join a boarding school like Eton with its distinguished history, facilities and academic reputation was quite something else. Yet Mohamad managed the transition in those early days with surprising ease and enthusiasm, despite a few bouts of inevitable homesickness. He was bemused by Eton’s eccentric events like St Andrews Day complete with bagpipe performance and fencing displays, and took up Kung Fu in his first term. His biggest concern was doing well at school and not falling behind, a particular challenge for someone who had not followed the British GCSE syllabus for sciences and mathematics. I was concerned that he might throw himself into his books entirely and miss out on some of the other experiences that Eton could give him: the extraordinary calendar of outside speakers, concerts and societies.
By the second term, however, Mohamad had found his feet, volunteering to sing in Verdi’s Requiem, tutoring his housemaster in Arabic and avidly following the events of the Arab Spring. His faith remains an important part of his life at Eton but he is open to dialogue about other points of view and other religions. A scene which did not make the final edit saw him visiting Speakers’ Corner in London and marvelling at the freedom people have there to expound on whatever topics they care about. He was amazed at this public expression of different points of view, which for him back home was something to be done behind closed doors.
The film is in some ways as much about Eton’s approach to education, as it is about Mohamad’s own journey. With annual fees of £25,000, it is perhaps not surprising that the school can provide a very rounded education, encouraging students to pursue their niche interests, be they debating or rowing. But Mohamad is one of the 20 per cent of the school who are on some kind of bursary or scholarship; young people for whom this kind of education would never have been possible otherwise.
When I asked Mohamad towards the end of his first year how he thought he had changed, he talked about how he felt he had become more thoughtful about the world and able to see things from other peoples’ perspectives. As his housemaster says at the end of the film: “The most important education that happens in a place like this is by the boys, among the boys.” I have no doubt that Mohamad’s presence in the school has also broadened the minds of many of its pupils.
What Alabama Christians say, do, and think about race is changing.
NPR’s tumblr shared a fascinating tale from the LA Times about the difficulties an Alabama church congregation has had reconciling its faith with its politics. The schism between contemporary Conservative politics and the…
WHAT: Special Broadcast December 28, 2011 from the New Sanctuary Coalition on Pacifica Radio 99.5 WBAI Radio NY
Annually, approximately 6000 unaccompanied minors are arrested by federal immigration agents and placed into removal proceedings. These children are placed in the care of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and held in various facilities around the country ranging from foster care settings to shelters to juvenile detention centers. Many are eventually released to relatives or other adult caretakers. Their deportation cases, however, continue. Without appointed counsel, many have to navigate the immigration system alone.
This program will discuss the law, policies, and realities of these children
HOSTED BY Ravi Ragbir of The New Sanctuary Coalition
Wendy T. Wylegala is Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs in the New York office of Kids in Need of Defense, a national non-profit that seeks to expand pro bono representation for unaccompanied minors in immigration matters. She joined KIND in November 2008 as a Pro Bono Coordinator, serving first in Newark, NJ before joining the New York office in March 2011. With a full-time staff of three, KIND’s New York office trains and mentors pro bono attorneys, and conducts intake interviews and know-your-rights programs for children.
Elissa Steglich is the Managing Attorney at the American Friends Service Committee’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark, New Jersey. In addition to supervising legal staff, she provides direct representation to asylum seekers, immigrant children, and immigrant victims of violence and human trafficking. She has provided training to pro bono attorneys, state court judges and child welfare workers and administrators on legal protections available to immigrant children.
Maria Woltjen is the Director and founder of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, based at the University of Chicago Law School. The Young Center’s primary is to serve as guardian ad litem (Child Advocate) for trafficking victims and unaccompanied immigrant children pursuant to the 2008 TVPRA. The Young Center trains bilingual law students, graduate social work students and lay volunteers to serve as Child Advocates for children in immigration detention, as well as children who have never been apprehended by immigration authorities. The Child Advocates help unravel the children’s life stories and ensure that while they are most vulnerable—separated from their families and subject to deportation—decision-makers consider the children’s best interests in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and applicable state and federal law. Informed by its work on behalf of individual children, the Young Center advocates for policy change at the national level and local level. Ms. Woltjen is appointed a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School where she directs the Immigrant Child Advocacy clinic.
Dr. Greg Lewis is a Clinical Psychologist in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he has been on staff since 1987. He is also a Lecturer in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and has a part-time private practice in Wheaton, IL doing individual, couples, and family therapy. He received his doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Lewis works with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings and specializes in treating those who suffer from chronic illnesses or have been traumatized or abused. He is Co-Director of the Adolescent & Young Adult Clinic at Stroger Hospital, and regularly consults to the Child Protective Services team, the pediatric and trauma units, and the emergency room.
Father Fabian Arias: Minister of the Sion Church in Harlem and Co-Chair of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC. He is ministers to a large group of undocumented immigrants and understands the fear that they face. He asks that all people be treated with respect and dignity.
From the outside, Ayded Reyes seems like she’s living the American dream.
The 20-year-old, who attends Southwestern College in Chula Vista near San Diego, is California’s top-ranked women’s junior college cross country athlete. She carries a 3.50 GPA and her goal is to become an…
Dad: It is very nice but there is inequality. Dad: Inside, I am cowboy too, yes? Me: No. Dad: Yes. Josh Turner said very nicely in his song to his girlfriend, “Baby, why don’t you turn that TV off?” Dad: I say that to everyone in my house. No one turns it off. But when…
I love my girlfriend. She’s great, she lights up my world, and she’s so gorgeous. I want to marry her but lately I feel like all she cares about is that I’m Korean and that I can help translate K-Pop related things for her.
When she found out that I’m going to Seoul to visit…
hi! i was thinking that it may be a good idea where maybe once a week or whenever you can feature an famous immigrant to the united states. a certain group of americans may fear that everyone is going to come over and take success away from them, as if it's a finite resource. we all need to be reminded that a big part of what made this country great are immigrants. immigrants like einstein, walt disney, madeleine albright, levi strauss, etc. you would know them =)
It’s a great idea! We’ve done a couple in the past but we’re mostly fueled by submissions and suggestions. We’ll try and make it a regular thing. Thank you for the message!
“there is no slavery without sexual depravity. Depravity is the essence of such a regime.” Freyre noted that “one of the favorite sayings of the planters [Brazilian slave owners] was: “The most productive feature of slave property is the generative belly.”Brazilian whites had a casual attitude toward syphilis and gonorrhea and had no reservations about spreading their affliction into Black households. From the age of thirteen, the white boy “was subject to ridicule for not having had a carnal knowledge of a woman and would be the butt of jests if he could not show the scars of syphilis on his body.” Many older white men believed that the only method to cure themselves of gonorrhea was to have intercourse with a young Black virgin.—-“the surest ways of extinguishing it in oneself.”………… Sadism and masochism were also an organic aspect of race relations, sometimes involving even small Black boys as well as females.”—
—-Chapter 3: Groundings With My Sisters : Patriarchy and the Exploitation of Black Women.
From How Capitalism Undeveloped Black America by Manning Marable p. 73
Perhaps the biggest contributor to the Korean American suicide rate is the community’s cultural taboo regarding seeking mental health services. “They think that only crazy people seek mental health help, like seeing a therapist. Mental health is a new concept for them,” Yoon remarked. “There’s an attitude that everyone feels these emotions so you just have to deal with it.”
“You come to the United States and the United States begins immediately, systematically, to erase you in every way, to suppress those things which it considers not digestible. You spend a lot of time being colonized. Then, if you’ve got the opportunity and the breathing space and the guidance, you immediately-when you realize it-begin to decolonize yourself. And in that process, you relearn names for yourself that you had forgotten.”—