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Apr 17, 2019
San Diego County Has Among The Highest Rates Of ICE Community Arrests
A new report shows that San Diego County has one of the highest rates of community arrests by ICE in the country.
Apr 16, 2019
Race and real estate in mid-century D.C.
(DC Policy Center)
Racial discrimination in housing had a deep impact on the landscape of Washington DC.
Apr 16, 2019
Why people seek asylum
(Ramona Rentinel)
A forum highlights how violence and economic instability leads to migration.
Apr 16, 2019
Arkansas Times joined in law challenge by friends of First Amendment
(Arkansas Times)
Briefs are stacking up in support of the Arkansas Times' challenge of a state law attempting to gag criticism of Israel.
Apr 15, 2019
After Israeli Election, We Need to Think Beyond Two-State Solution
The insistence that only two states can protect the rights of Jewish Israelis is an open door to violence against Palestinians.
Apr 12, 2019
Berkeley needs to move decisively to address the racial disparities in policing
Black and Latino civilians were twice as likely as whites and Asian-Americans to be subjected to a police stop that yielded no enforcement action.
Apr 11, 2019
Senate Passes Death Penalty Repeal By Veto-Proof Margin
The New Hampshire Senate votes to end the death penalty.
Apr 11, 2019
Ahmed Abu Artema on the Palestinian Great March of Return
(The Progressive)
Ahmed Abu Artema talks about why he helped start the Great March of Return.
Apr 11, 2019
Immigration Bill at Iowa Statehouse
(River Cities' Reader)
A resolution introduced recently at the Iowa Statehouse urges Congress to take steps to update the country’s immigration laws by supporting the American Dream and Promise Act.
Apr 10, 2019
Effective disaster preparedness keeps community at its center
(San Francisco Chronicle)
Real safety comes from community cohesion and preparedness, not militarized programs like Urban Shield.
Apr 10, 2019
The Convention Center Expansion Zombie Ballot Measure Rises Again
(OB Rag)
A coalition of San Diego organizations is asking City Council to wait to put convention center expansion on the ballot.
Apr 10, 2019
Immigrant activists say they’re still waiting to meet with Sheriff Danny Rogers about immigration, ICE
(Triad City Beat)
Community activists say they’ve had a hard time scheduling meetings with new County Sheriff to ask questions about immigration policies.
Apr 9, 2019
How the Countering Violent Extremism Program is disproportionately targeting Muslim and Arab youth in Illinois
Debbie Southorn and Muhammad Sankari discuss how CVE profiles Muslim communities and criminalizes constitutionally-protected speech.
Apr 9, 2019
If Congress Wants to Keep America Safe, Funding CBP is the Last Thing it Should Be Doing
CBP is not alleviating a humanitarian crisis; it is exacerbating one.
Apr 8, 2019
VOCAB: at the Forefront of Spoken Word
Tatjana Rebelle and her friends have created a spoken word series that welcomes all.
Apr 7, 2019
US Takes Illegal, Dangerous Actions Toward Regime Change in Venezuela
Organizations critique U.S. efforts for regime change in Venezuela.
Apr 5, 2019
La discriminación y la igualdad
(CNN en Español)
We must fight discrimination in all its forms.
Apr 5, 2019
Rahm Emanuel uses lame-duck session to smuggle South Side police training deal past critics
(Think Progress)
An ordinance Emanuel introduced would hand a vacant Chicago Public Schools property over to city police to be used as a training facility.
Apr 5, 2019
Colorado sanctuary leader Arturo Hernandez Garcia one step closer to deportation after ICE hearing
(Denver Post)
A leader in the sanctuary movement was required to show ICE his return ticket to Mexico.
Apr 4, 2019
Leader in Colorado’s sanctuary movement on brink of deportation after 5-year battle
(Denver Post)
Arturo Hernandez Garcia has lived in U.S. for 20 years.
Apr 4, 2019
Arizona companies can still ask job applicants about felonies
(Arizona Republic)
A 'Ban the box' bill was blocked in the state House of Representatives by a lawmaker who opposed it.
Apr 4, 2019
On The Move
(New Jersey Law Journal)
Rutgers Law launches pilot program to represent detained immigrants.
Apr 4, 2019
As immigration sweeps spread fear, activists and sheriffs unite to protect neighbors
(Yahoo News)
As immigration sweeps spread fear, activists and sheriffs unite to protect neighbors.
Apr 3, 2019
We Were Against ICE Before It Existed
(In These Times)
The criminalization of immigrants goes back well before ICE’s inception.
Apr 1, 2019
“Our Will of Life Is Stronger Than Despair”: Palestinian Ahmed Abu Artema on Israeli Attacks on Gaza
(Democracy Now!)
Democracy Now! interviews Ahmed Abu Artema.



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