immigrant rights

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 »

Oakland students choose to name building for radical poet Nellie Wong

December 2011

Oakland, Calif., home of the November 2011 Occupy movement general strike, is a 
town that strongly believes in celebrating its working class roots. So it’s no surprise that revolutionary feminist poet and activist Nellie Wong, born in Oakland’s Chinatown in 1934, was chosen to have a building named after her at Oakland High. Usually people… Read more »

“Secure Communities” is an anti-immigrant dragnet

December 2011

Under the Barack Obama administration, immigrant communities are endangered more than ever, with more people deported than under George W. Bush. U.S. Predator drones spy on the Mexican border. Politicians launch multiple attacks on education and health benefits for undocumented workers and their children. And Obama declines to censure officials like Republican state Rep. Virgil… Read more »

Las “Comunidades Seguras” anti-inmigrantes

diciembre de 2011

Bajo el gobierno de Barack Obama, las comunidades de inmigrantes corren más peligro que nunca, ya que se ha deportado a más gente que bajo George W. Bush. Los drones Predator espían la frontera mexicana. Los políticos lanzan múltiples ataques contra la educación y los beneficios para los trabajadores indocumentados y sus hijos. Y Obama… Read more »

DATELINE AUSTRALIA — Racist border war: politicians compete to keep out refugees fleeing war and persecution

December 2011

Jayasaker Jayrathna was a young Tamil refugee, driven to seek asylum due to the brutal suppression of Tamils by the government of Sri Lanka. The 27-year-old, whose mother was murdered by that same government, was in indefinite immigration detention. Although the government recognised Jayrathna as a refugee, it was stalling on his security clearance. In… Read more »

SOAPBOX — Make justice prevail: one Guatemalan woman’s exile saga

February 2012

I am an undocumented worker. I was trained as an accountant, a high school teacher and a psychologist, but that is another lifetime now. In 1995, I left my house and two children in Guatemala and came to the United States on a visitor’s visa with my youngest child; my husband followed in a few… Read more »

BOOK EXCERPT: Estamos en la lucha: immigrant women light the fires of resistance

June 2012

While it is true that those victimized by racism and xenophobia are the ones best prepared to deliver the blows against our own oppression, no group can defeat their oppression by themselves. … Revolutionary working class leaders of color, not only immigrants, and especially Black women with their inspiring history of militancy, are essential for… Read more »