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Posts from June 2018

Published: June 21, 2018

Communities across the country are continuing to organize and advocate against the Trump administration’s cruel "zero tolerance" policy for immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, including an executive order that directs the Department of Homeland Security to expand the detention of families and speed up their deportations. The order came amid public outrage over U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) separating children from their parents at the border.

It’s important to remember that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and...

The migrant caravan arriving at the U.S. -- Mexico border.
By: Carly Goodman
Published: June 18, 2018

Take action against family separation and detention. Stop ICE and Border Patrol from separating families.

Our immigration policies should recognize that no matter where we were born, all people deserve to be treated humanely. 

But right now we are seeing the devastating effects of militarized immigration enforcement, as the Trump administration ramps up raids, detentions, and deportations of immigrants. The administration is also treating asylum seekers and others arriving to our country inhumanely,...

By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: June 15, 2018

Here’s what you need to know about the DOJ ruling on survivors of domestic violence and gang violence. 

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that most people fleeing domestic violence or gang violence would not qualify for asylum in the United States. The decision will affect thousands of people who have escaped horrific situations in their home countries. Instead of finding safety and refuge in the U.S., most will be...

By: Lewis Webb, Jr.
Published: June 12, 2018

While advocating to end “stop and frisk” in New York City, I once asked my son, who was 16 at the time, “Have you ever been stopped by the police?” and he responded, “Yeah, but it’s no big deal, that’s what they do.” My son, like almost all young men of color, have come to accept as normal their broken, diminished status in our society.

The school-to-prison pipeline, race-based policing, disproportionate rates of incarceration among people of color, and many other realities are the manifestations of that brokenness. Racism, white supremacy, and a general apathy among people of good...

People hold signs saying "Weaving a world that works for us all" and "Fight poverty not the poor"
By: Rick Wilson
Published: June 10, 2018

It’s time we make those rights a reality.

In the United States, people talk a lot about rights and freedoms. Often, however, the discussion is narrow in scope, as in freedom from external constraints or the interference of others. Thinkers such as Erich Fromm have referred to this concept as “negative freedom” or “freedom from.” 

While these freedoms are important—some are inscribed in the Bill of Rights—they are incomplete. Positive freedom, sometimes called “freedom for” or “freedom to” is about the ability of people to act freely and develop their potential. It also...