Posts in: immigrant rights

The Big Apple bites back

February 2017

Feb. 2, New York City: Yemeni-American bodega strike to protest Trump’s travel ban. Recent demonstrations against Trump’s immigration policies prove that New York, a city of immigrants, is not to be messed with. Thousands have poured out to protest “President Agent Orange” in demonstrations across the city, including a powerful bodega (read, convenience store) shutdown… Read more »

May Day 2017: The giant stands up

April 2017

When I was about 11 and picking beans with other school kids and farmworker families near Salem, Oregon, the farmer did us wrong. The field was already picked over before we got there and the farmer lowered the amount paid per pound. So the farmworkers encouraged us kids to walk off the job with them…. Read more »

Immigrants lead the way for all workers

May 1, 2017

May Day 2017 general strike It took guts for immigrants to mobilize for today’s general strike against the escalated attacks on their rights and those of all workers. Union janitors outraged about ICE raids and the criminalization of the Black community voted first to walk out, followed by cafeteria workers and other unions. Immigrant women… Read more »

Open Letter to Seattle Mayor, Police Chief, and Director of OPA, July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017

On June 10, 2017, a broad coalition of community organizations came together under the banner “Seattle Stands with our Muslim Neighbors.” This solidarity action was called in response to the anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America (“ACT”) organizing a nationwide day of protests against Islam, including in front of City Hall in Seattle. ACT announced… Read more »

Los inmigrantes les muestran el camino a todos los trabajadores

1 de mayo de 2017

Huelga General del Día del Trabajo de 2017 Se necesitan agallas para que los inmigrantes se movilicen para la huelga general de este lunes contra los ataques en aumento contra sus derechos y los de todos los trabajadores. Los conserjes sindicalizados indignados por las redadas del ICE y la criminalización de la comunidad negra votaron… Read more »

Corruption and worker abuse loom over 2022 World Cup in Qatar

October 2016

They say the FIFA World Cup should be a world showcase. The quadrennial championship of what some call football — and some call soccer — brings together representatives of nations throughout the world, providing a shared cultural experience in every corner of the globe. Even in the United States, media outlets like ESPN and cranky… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Soapbox: Never again! No Muslim internment

February 2017

Most people don’t know where Rohwer, Ark. or Tule Lake, Calif. are located. I do. My parents’ families were interned in both those concentration camps during World War II. The U.S. government rounded up and jailed 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans for “posing a threat to national security.” The government knew there was no threat,… Read more »