Posts tagged "civil rights"

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 »

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 »

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 »
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President Obama tells NCLR conference: no he can't change immigration laws

President Obama tells NCLR conference: no he can't change immigration laws
President Barack Obama spoke Monday at the National Council of La Raza conference in Washington, D.C. I watched via live webstream as the president address the leading Latino civil rights organization. I was surprised that Obama waited until he was halfway into his speech before he mentioned the DREAM Act or immigration reform. He talked... 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 »

Arizona immigration law sparks national outcry

Image by Lalo Alcaraz. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer just signed a state law that will give police a license to racially profile. The law requires police to question people if there’s reason to suspect they’re in the United States “illegally.” If they can’t produce proof, then they could be arrested. As a Mexican-American, watching this... Read more »
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