In 2010, Ranjini, a Tamil mother fleeing genocide in Sri Lanka, won refugee status in Australia and settled in Melbourne. Two years later, she and her two young boys were abruptly placed in detention by immigration authorities. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) had deemed her a security risk. The spy agency gives no reasons… Read more »
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We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo, is much more than a coming of age story. It’s a tale of savage colonialism, of local tyrants and unremitting droughts and rains, of the shattering pain of having to leave because all things are falling apart. It’s the story of one girl’s unique trajectory that shares common… Read more »
Fresh winds are blowing for immigrant rights, thanks largely to the energy and determination of young activists. Angered by record deportations under President Obama and the refusal of Congress to pass humane reform legislation, they are pushing for change with vibrant acts of civil disobedience. Their protests range from fasts and risky border crossings to… Read more »
My granny was a single mom with nine children ranging from pre-teen to their 30’s by the time I came along. Mom was also on her own, with me. They rented a house and together supported the family. Grandma, the expert cook, with her food stand in El Mercado de San Martin, a small city… Read more »
GREAT REVIEW Antidote to immigrant bashing Thank you for reviewing NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names [Vol. 35, No. 1]. I might not have come across this novel and I now plan to read it. The far-right has made immigrants the subject of some of its most vicious and racist hate speech. After some twenty… Read more »
Across the United States a battle rages to win justice for undocumented immigrants, with the latest salvo fired by hunger strikers at immigration detention centers. The strike began on March 7 by 750 detainees in Tacoma, Wash., and has since spread to a center in Conroe, Texas. Like undocumented youth who blockaded busses carrying deportees,… Read more »
Familias Unidas por la Justicia, an independent union at Sakuma Bros farm, sued for wage theft and won an $850,000 settlement. A huge victory! The farmworkers union also got family housing reinstated. These two wins have been a shot-in-the-arm to gaining a first contract. Support the struggle at www.boycottsakumaberries.com.
War, drug cartels and starvation have forced unaccompanied children to flee Central America at the US/Mexico border in unprecedented numbers. Dominating the news are images of government buses filled with frightened children and mothers being blockaded by xenophobic “Minutemen,” and some Murrieta, Calif. residents screaming “America for Americans.” The press never reports that these brave… Read more »
Sesenta mil niños de América Central cruzaron la frontera México-Estados Unidos y, por unos días, el mundo desvió la vista de la guerra en el Medio Oriente y los problemas entre rusos y ucranianos y pusieron atención. No eran niños cualesquiera. Aunque algunos de ellos estaban todavía en pañales, tenían los poderes más inusuales …. Read more »
From 2014, a column that recognizes the suffering of child immigrants – and the determination of those who come to the U.S. on their own — and addresses the all-important question: Why?