immigrant rights

Mothers honored with action in Seattle

June 2013

In Seattle over 200 people celebrate Mother’s Day with balloons, facepaint and a message. Rally demands included publicly funded childcare for poor and working families, expanded social services, ending the deportation of immigrants, stopping domestic violence and freeing abuse survivor Marissa Alexander.

Obama unmasked: The president of dashed hopes

August 2013

The president helped end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that locked LGBT military service members in the closet. During his 2012 campaign, he reduced deportations of undocumented youth who came to the U.S. as children. But, with few other exceptions, his actions have served the wealthy elite and expanded the attacks on working people… Read more »

De vuelta al bracero — La muerte de la Izquierda chicana

agosto de 2013

A continuación se encuentra una importante contribución del Dr. Rodolfo Acuña al debate sobre las políticas migratorias. Académico, activistah y prolífico autor, Acuña es profesor emérito de la California State University en Northridge. Jefe fundador de la facultad de Estudios Chicanos/as de la CSUN, ha trabajado con educadores, estudiantes y miembros comunitarios en el continuo… Read more »

Back to bracero: The death of the Chicano Left

August 2013

What follows is an important contribution to the immigration policy debate written in March 2013 by Dr. Rodolfo Acuña. A scholar, activist, and prolific author, Acuña is a professor emeritus at California State University at Northridge. The founding chair of CSUN’s Chicano/a Studies department, he has worked with educators, students, and community members in the… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor

December 2013

STOP DEPORTATIONS Palestinian American feminist targeted Rasmea Odeh is a 66-year-old Palestinian American woman, well known and admired for organizing literacy and domestic violence prevention programs for the Arab community in the Chicago area. On the morning of Oct. 22, 2013, Department of Homeland Security agents dragged her from her home — for “immigration fraud.”… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Without a country: Haitian-Dominicans

December 2013

In the Dominican Republic (DR), Haitian immigrants and their children have labored on sugarcane plantations for generations, working for low pay in appalling conditions. In September 2013, the country’s highest court rewarded them for their service to the economy by stripping a quarter million of them of their citizenship. The court found that children of… Read more »

Dateline Australia: Military-style operation launched against refugees

December 2013

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 »

Freedom Socialist Book Review: We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo

February 2014

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 »

From LA to D.C., young activists take up civil disobedience for immigrant rights

February 2014

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 »

Freedom Socialist opinion: Time for action, no time to lament

April 2014

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 »