Posts in category "civil rights"

Ferguson: What the greatest voices for peace might say

Ferguson: What the greatest voices for peace might say
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El Camino: On the road to Selma

El Camino: On the road to Selma
We drove from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama, on U.S. Highway 80 on the road that those who fought for civil rights traveled in 1965. We stopped midway between the two cities where marchers set up a “Tent City.” Today at that spot is the Lowndes Interpretive Center. There were photos, videos and audio testimonials of... Read more »

Ruben Salazar documentary raises questions about journalist's death

Ruben Salazar documentary raises questions about journalist's death
A new documentary about Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar begins airing on PBS Tuesday. Ruben Salazar, a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, was killed during a National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War in 1970. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy fired a tear gas canister into a bar where Salazar was seated. He... Read more »
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On Cesar Chavez Day remember farm workers need protection from pesticides

On Cesar Chavez Day remember farm workers need protection from pesticides
Many Mexican-Americans understand the legacy of farm work, because our parents or grandparents shared their stories of life in the fields. They worked hard so we could have a better life and education. My mother, born in Texas, picked cotton fields there. Her family later migrated to a tomato farm in Des Plaines, Ill. There... Read more »

#DREAM30 undocumented immigrants re-enter U.S.

#DREAM30 undocumented immigrants re-enter U.S.
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UIC professors support DREAM 9

UIC professors support DREAM 9
Update: The Dream 9 were released from immigration detention on Wednesday, according to the L.A. Times. They are on parole and will await a decision on their asylum appeals. On Monday, more than 60 faculty members at the University of Illinois at Chicago released a letter in support of nine undocumented immigrants who are currently... Read more »
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Hispanics can be victims and perpetrators of racism

Hispanics can be victims and perpetrators of racism
George Zimmerman and singer Marc Anthony show us that Hispanics can be both a perpetrator and a victim of racism. Half Hispanic, half white man, George Zimmerman, shot and killed young African-American teen Trayvon Martin, and walked away without a conviction. He wrongly suspected Martin was up to no good walking through the neighborhood because... Read more »

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks out against Alabama's immigration law

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks out against Alabama's immigration law
As voters go to the polls today in Alabama, a new civil rights movement is brewing the southern state that passed one of the strictest immigration laws in the nation last year. The Rev. Jesse Jackson has openly criticized the immigration law as “disgraceful and unnecessary,” according to CBS8 News in Montgomery. Rev. Jackson was... Read more »

Would Martin Luther King Jr. support the DREAM Act?

King photo from historylink.org The birthday of the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has made me wonder what he would think of the debate over immigration in the United States. Would Dr. King fight for the rights of undocumented immigrants or the DREAM Act? I couldn’t find any specific references on this... Read more »
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