I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the son of a biologist (father) and a nurse (mother). Due to political and economic uncertainties and the lack of opportunities in Haiti during the mid-1960s, my parents decided that our entire family would be better off immigrating to the United States. So my…
The Department of Homeland Security is restricting access to immigration enforcement programs in Maricopa County, Ariz., after Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office was found to have violated civil rights.
The Department of Justice released the results of a three-year investigation by its Civil Rights Division today, which found practices by the sheriff’s office in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, unconstitutional and discriminatory.
"Discrimination undermines law enforcement and erodes the public trust," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement. "DHS will not be a party to such practices. Accordingly, and effective immediately, DHS is terminating MCSO’s 287(g) jail model agreement and is restricting the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office access to the Secure Communities program."
Endless hatred for the U.S. warmakers and Barack Obama (who actually increased the number of airstrikes on Pakistan over his predecessor, George W. Bush).
Although CNN is trying to spin this piece as a ‘human interest’, feel-good type of story, how can any thinking person fail to reflect upon the criminal nature of the U.S.’ undeclared war on the people of Pakistan?
In a different, more just world, the U.S. government would be charged with war crimes and human rights violations and forced to pay massive indemnities to all the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and elsewhere, who have had their lives and homes callously destroyed by the U.S. as it stalks the globe in pursuit of profit and power.
She has eyelashes but no eyebrows. She has all her fingers but is missing four nails. Her skin is so taut now that she can no longer frown.
But she can still smile.
Her face tells a story of suffering. Her name, Shakira, tells a story of a new journey.
Shakira means thankful.
Last week, 4-year-old Shakira arrived in the United States for what her caretaker, Hashmat Effendi, hopes will be the start of the rest of her life.
Shakira, believed burned in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, will undergo reconstructive surgery in January.
She will never look fully normal, but Effendi hopes the surgery will make it easier for Shakira to grow older and help others see what Effendi has seen all along: an effervescent bundle of love.
In 2009, Effendi was on a medical mission with Texas-based House of Charity in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The region’s natural beauty was once compared to Switzerland’s, but by then it was a Taliban-infested area rife with violence.
One of the doctors found three little girls left in a trash bin. They’d suffered horrific injuries.
“Who are they?” the doctor asked.
Where were their parents? Where were they from?
All anyone could say is that there had been a U.S. drone attack. The girls were likely hurt in the strike.
The docto, who was traveling with House of Charity, took them back with him. They were in grave condition. Two of the girls died, but the littlest one had a chance of making it if she were treated right away.
She was only a year old, Effendi guessed, but small for her age. She was skinny. Dirty. Very bloody. She had fresh burns all over her face, her scalp and on her arms.
I want Obama and his military chiefs to meet this girl. Eye to eye.
“A machete-wielding dog owner screamed racist abuse at a Nigerian man who complained about being bitten by his Rottweiler - then later told police the animal had nipped the male nurse because it ‘didn’t like black people’.”—
Last Saturday it was my privilege to speak to the thousands of participants at the “One Family, One Alabama: HB 56 Hurts All Alabamians” rally held on the steps of the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama. The rallygoers were a rich mosaic of Alabamians from all walks of life representing every community in the state, as well as national immigrant and labor leaders. The rally was held to support the embattled Latino community in Alabama in the wake of the nation’s harshest anti-immigrant law, HB 56, and call for its repeal. Read more…
“Those who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the color of their skin; those who let the murderers of blacks remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the black population because they demand their legitimate rights as free men — how can those who do this consider themselves guardians of freedom?”—Ernesto “Che” Guevara on the United States policy towards the black population, 11th December 1964, 19th General Assembly of the United Nations, New York (via yoursocalledgovernment)
“I hope u can read english, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights! I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!! You ran out of legit, civilized information to print! There are 1000’s of Dutch girls who would love to be recognized for their…
Lowe’s In Hot Water Over Pulling Ads From TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’
By NELLIE ANDREEVA
Local Christian clergy from the Charlotte area today delivered a petition with 200,000 signatures to the Lowe’s headquarters, asking the hardware store giant to reverse its recent decision to pull advertising from the TLC reality series All-American Muslim. Lowe’s executives met with representatives of the clergy and spent an hour discussing the controversy that erupted after the company decided to take its ads off the series depicting the life of ordinary Muslim Americans following a campaign by conservative watchdog the Florida Family Association.
“In 2001, WWIW [Women Working with Immigrant Women] conducted the study “No Hijab is Permitted Here” which documented the experience of Muslim women wearing hijab when they apply for work in the manufacturing, sales and service sectors. The study revealed that women who wear hijab are given incorrect information regarding job availability, are denied the opportunity to apply for jobs, made to feel invisible and unwelcome when applying, they are fired from jobs, and they are harassed in the workplace as a result of wearing hijab. Muslim women wearing hijab experienced this discrimination regardless of their age, skin colour, experience in Canada, accent, mannerisms and education.”—Canadian Council on Social Development. Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Unequal Access: A Canadian Profile of Racial Differences in Education, Employment and Income. [Toronto], 2000. (via pyrrhicvictories)
reading articles that confirm my sentiments on “white privilege” since i was like five years old makes me cry and/or angry. all this time i thought it was just me being paranoid. and then i read all these similar stories of pain, anguish, discrimination, and racism, and suddenly they “validate” my…
So I was in the shower today, my prime place for theoretical ruminations, and I began to think about assimilation. I think my recent hook-up with Spivak and attendance at a seminar on ethnic leadership led me to this place in thought. I want to read something that frames assimilation in terms of global capitalism and ethnic deculturation for immigrant communities. I am looking for this to make sense of my own ancestral history and childhood experiences.
Personal history time:
My mother’s parents are first-generation Sicilian-Americans. Both were born into mostly Italian speaking households in Italian neighborhoods of Hartford and New Britain, CT. My grandfather became a mason rather than attending high school and died illiterate to the point that he could really only sign his name on a check. My mother’s mother grew up in a more impoverished situation than my grandfather, in the South End, which should have been called an Italian ghetto. My grandparents moved out to New Britain when they got married and settled down. My mother grew up in a three-family house, all of which were related to her on her father’s side. It was an Italian-American neighborhood at the time, but certainly more suburban than the South End of Hartford. Both my mother and her only sister went to New Britain High and graduated to go onto state school. Although my mother later dropped out, my aunt finished college, becoming the first person in that entire side of the family to finish college (except for my mother’s sister who joined the nunnery). My mother married a blue-collar state-union man raised in the projects of New Britain and just back from his military service. They moved out to the working-class suburbs and gave birth to my brother and me and soon left New Britain to settle down in a white, protestant, exurban town with a great school system. Of course, we both went through this school system and both went on to attend private colleges out-of-state (with the financial help of the government, loans, and my mother’s sister who has done “better” than my parents and has no kids of her own). Both of us are now in graduate school and living on our own in major cities. I doubt, that if I ever have children, I will have to decide to give up my dinner so that my child can eat a McDonald’s Happy Meal, as my parents did for me on many occasions. I am even more sure that my children will not have to share a bed and get changed next to the open kitchen oven because I cannot afford heat in my apartment, something my mother experienced often as a child.
This story is a story of class mobility. My grandparents were of the proletariat, my parents of the petite-bourgeoisie, and me of the bourgeoisie. I have succeeded not because I worked hard and never gave up; I “succeeded” because I was born into a narrative of immigrant assimilation, which focuses on education, communities that associate with higher classes, and non-disposable employment.
Any suggestions for readings on assimilation of immigrant families in the US?
A lot of the time I sit and think “why did my parents choose to come to America?” whenever we watch the Colombian channels on tv all they can say is how amazing and beautiful Colombia is and I just sit there thinking why did we come here in the first place. They must have known that we were going to have trouble with our status so why bother come. It just kinda taunts me.
“If the figure of the Muslim is today being used to represent the most potent threat to national security, the racialization of the categories ‘Muslim’ and ‘immigrant’ means that all people of color who ‘look’ like ‘Muslims’ (that is, who are Black and Brown), are being constituted as part of this danger, regardless of their legal status. Racialization renders the distinction between immigrant all but meaningless in the eyes of nationals, who in the post 9/11 era imagine themselves to be ‘terrorized,’ perceiving the threat to their survival as emanating equally from both. Although many Muslim immigrants and refugees have been detained in Canada for ostensibly posing threats to national security, almost none have been charged with anything more than (minor) immigration violations. The twenty-one terrorist suspects who were rounded up with much media fanfare In Ontario in September 2003 were later released. It was subsequently reported that ‘the Ministry has not produced any evidence against any of the 21 showing they were a security threat.’ While such practices have netted few terrorists, they have had serious consequences for those detained, as well as for all Muslims who fear increased surveillance and targeting by law enforcement officials. Such measures have greatly increased the suspicions directed by nationals against all immigrants, fortifying the limits of the nation and sending a chill among many Muslim communities, which now fear for the legal status and the physical safety of their members. The media has contributed in no small measure to the growing erosion of their citizenship status. The distance between ‘immigrants’ and ‘real’ Canadians thus vastly increased since 9/11, with unforeseeable consequences for the future.”—Sunera Thobani. Exalted Subjects: Studies in the Making of Race and Nation in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), p. 246-247. (via 08-23-47)
Everything changed for Glenn Mack Jr. when his supervisor at Whole Foods found out he’s Muslim.
Glenn had been a rising star at Whole Foods, recruited to work in a prestigious Philadelphia store and even winning a special meeting with the company’s CEO. But when his supervisor found out Glenn would be spending his vacation making pilgrimage to Mecca — for which vacation time was approved months in advance without any questions — his boss suddenly had a change of heart.
“You can choose. It’s either your job or your religion,” Glenn was told. He was subsequently demoted, harassed and wrongfully terminated in November.
Whole Foods actually has a zero-tolerance discrimination policy and says on its website that “supporting team member happiness and excellence” is one of its seven core values. So the chronology of Glenn’s mistreatment by the self-styled home for forward-thinking shoppers is like a slap in the face:
Glenn returned from his vacation demoted to part-time status and stripped of all his benefits — even health care. He complained to HR, and got only harassment in response. When he would use his off-the-clock breaks for 5-minute prayers, he was heckled and suffered anti-Muslim comments to the point that he had to pray next to the dumpsters. When Glenn was finally fired, it was for absenteeism — something he had not been approached about before.
Glenn’s mistreatment completely clashes with what Whole Foods says it stands for. He thinks that maybe that’s why the company has basically chosen to ignore his harassment, perhaps hoping others will, too. But if customers tell Whole Foods that they won’t stand for religious discrimination and that they want Glenn back on the job, the company will have to act.
| “In April 2004, new photographs were sent to La Voz de Aztlan from confidential sources depicting the shocking rapes of two Iraqi women by what are purported to be US Military Intelligence personnel and private US mercenaries in military fatigues. It is now known, Cienfuegos wrote in May 2004, that hundreds of these photographs had been in circulation among the troops in Iraq. The graphic photos were being swapped between the soldiers like baseball cards.”
Sorry, but this needs to circulate!
TRIGGER WARNING~ (Warning Graphic) [honestly, you don’t need to see the pictures —even though they are blurred but I am still supplying the link b/c I don’t know a source that doesn’t have pictures—just try and scroll past it].
RAPE IS A WEAPON OF WAR and it has everything to do with the sickness of rapists and nothing to do with victims or their dress, etc— [slap anyone who victim blames—btw not all victims are women] إستغفار