Posts in: immigrant rights

Obama visit draws ire of immigrants and others

October 2010

Local immigrant right’s organizations, angry over the increase in deportations under the Obama administration, organized hundreds to protest the president’s visit to Seattle on Aug. 17. The multiracial crowd of immigrants, unionists, feminists, progressives, and leftists easily outnumbered tea party supporters by at least 4 to 1. Demands on Obama included a call to overturn… Read more »

Anti-immigrant laws — and opposition to them — spread across the country

October 2010

Economic crisis fuels racist scapgoating. Arizona’s legislative broadside against immigrants triggered a nationwide tsunami of similar proposals. A network of xenophobes churned out legislation and called for constitutional change — accompanied by racist stereotypes of Latino immigrants — aimed at marginalizing over 12 million working people. But, in defiance of racist apartheid, massive opposition from… Read more »

FBI target Hatem Abudayyeh defends the right to dissent

April 2011

On Sept. 24, 2010, the FBI raided the homes of anti-war and socialist activists, including that of Hatem Abudayyeh and his family. Soon after the raids the FBI subpoenaed Hatem and 22 other people in the Midwest to appear before a federal grand jury impaneled in Chicago. So far, all have invoked their Fifth Amendment… Read more »

Vermont leads the way on universal healthcare

August 2011

Thanks to grass-roots organizing, in May Vermont became the first state to create a path for a universal, publicly funded health care system. A community-labor coalition, Health Care Is A Human Right Campaign, defeated attempts to exclude undocumented workers. Next up — implementing the plan.

SOAPBOX — Border town blues: life in Nogales and Juárez

August 2011

I was born in a small town in Mexico, in the state of Jalisco, and I moved to Los Angeles in 1974. Once a month I visit Nogales, Mexico, a town in northern Mexico on the border of Arizona. My wife is living there while we wait for her visa. She has been there for… Read more »

Why I am a Radical Woman

October 2011

I am a first-generation Chicana, a mother and teacher, born and raised in South Los Angeles. I also happen to be a socialist feminist, an atheist, and a queer, whose very existence is a challenge to capitalism. Fortunately, I was raised to think critically and search for ways to transform the world. Who were my… Read more »