Posts in category "politics"

El Camino: Georgia flea market estilo Mexico

El Camino: Georgia flea market estilo Mexico
Manuel Casados, 50, came to the U.S. 10 years ago with a guest worker visa to pick tobacco in North Carolina. “It was really hard work, a hard life,” Casados said. “There are no breaks and you are hunched over all day.” He left that job after one season and moved to the Atlanta area,... 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 »

Al Jazeera America doc examines immigration debate

Al Jazeera America has made an intriguing new documentary series, “Borderland,” that tries to put Americans in the shoes of immigrants. The documentary follows six Americans who retrace the steps of undocumented immigrants who died while attempting to cross the border into the U.S. In this trailer, Alex, a liberal artist from New York, and... Read more »
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Pope Francis and a moral argument for immigration reform

Pope Francis and a moral argument for immigration reform
President Obama has failed to persuade the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives to pass immigration reform, but if anybody can make a moral argument it is Pope Francis. These two men who broke barriers, the first Latin American pope and the first African- American president, met for the first time recently in Rome. Among... Read more »

Immigrant youth won't give up

Immigrant youth won't give up
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Why we should care about Venezuela

Why we should care about Venezuela
There are protests going on in Venezuela, largely led by middle class students, and the situation is unstable. Under current leftist President, Nicolas Maduro, the country has become divided. Here are five reasons why Americans should care about this country, whose former president Hugo Chavez died last spring. 1) At least 13 people have been... Read more »
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Fear of immigration

xenophobe: one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially people of foreign origin When I think of fear, I wonder why some people are so afraid of immigrants. Fear, I think, is one reason Congress hasn’t been able to pass immigration reform. Some people fear they will lose their jobs. Some people fear their... Read more »

María Elena Moyano: a portrait of courage

María Elena Moyano: a portrait of courage
María Elena Moyano was an activist and a defender of women and the poor in slums of Lima, Peru. She was killed on Feb. 15, 1992 by the Shining Path, a terrorist organization that wanted to destroy the government and cause civil unrest. The story of Moyano is depicted in a 1999 film called “El... Read more »

Obama says little on immigration #SOTU

Obama says little on immigration #SOTU
President Obama addressed many topics in his State of the Union speech from the economy to energy. By my count, he dedicated only 127 words to immigration. By contrast he said more in the 2013 SOTU about immigration – 250 words, according to the Wall Street Journal. This was a high compared to 110 words... Read more »
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Obama can pardon turkeys but why not immigrants?

Obama can pardon turkeys but why not immigrants?
Many of us are planning a Thanksgiving menu, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and all the trimmings. But some people are fasting this holiday. They are on a hunger strike on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to call attention to the need for immigration reform. “We will continue to fast because there are millions of... Read more »