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Posts from August 2018

By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: August 31, 2018

For months, headlines have been dominated by the devastating impacts of the Trump Administration’s immigration policies and the growing movement against them. Loved ones have been torn apart at the border, thousands have been funneled into a cruel and inhumane detention and deportation system, and there are almost 500 children who still remain separated from their families.  

This devastation is only possible because our elected officials continue to fund it. And now they may be trying to increase just how much they are paying through a loophole in the budget process.  


By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: August 31, 2018

Reports this week indicate that the U.S. is planning to end all funding to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).  

UNRWA provides vital funding to millions of Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East. Ending U.S. funding to UNRWA places already vulnerable communities at a higher risk and politicizes humanitarian assistance that should be given based on need.  

Further, the U.S. is attempting to remove recognition of refugee status for millions of Palestinians. The goal of this move is to take the Palestinian refugee issue off of...

By: Carly Goodman
Published: August 30, 2018

A network of organizations has for years helped spread dangerous anti-immigrant ideas and policies. While groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) are often cited in the media in an apparent effort to provide 'balanced' coverage, these groups have been labeled hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Today, these organizations are advancing their ideas in the Trump administration, with devastating effects on our communities...

By: Gabriel Gluskin-Braun
By: Gabriel Gluskin-Braun
Published: August 8, 2018

Downtown Chicago’s Federal Plaza bustles with life. Almost every day of the week the speckled white and black marble opening, nestled between office buildings, fills with workers, shoppers, and performers. On Tuesdays, this crowd is treated to a lively farmers market, filled with fresh produce, food vendors, and advocates conducting the Gaza Unlocked strawberry survey

The strawberry survey is based on the idea that issues of quality of life and opportunity are instrumental to understanding the impact of conflict and oppression....

By: Peniel Ibe
Published: August 3, 2018

Immigrants and their families advocate to stay in the U.S.   

Bright and early on a Tuesday morning in mid-July, dozens of immigrants and their families boarded a bus in Newark, New Jersey. They were headed to Washington, D.C., where they would take a powerful stand to save Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS is a life-saving immigration program that allows foreign nationals to remain in the U.S. if war, natural disaster, or some other catastrophe in their country of origin prevents their safe return. 

Most TPS holders have lived in the U.S. for years, often decades, and...