immigrant rights

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 »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor, April 2014

April 2014

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 »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Immigrants strike to challenge detentions

April 2014

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 »

Berry pickers win big!

August 2014

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

Freedom Socialist editorial: Border refugee plight rooted in US policies

August 2014

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 »

Éxodo de niños de América Central

octubre de 2014

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 »

What drives Latino children to El Norte?

October 2014

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?

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor, October 2014

October 2014

WOMEN WARRIORS Mary Anne Grady Flores for free speech We sat stunned in the packed courtroom on July 10 as a town justice sentenced longtime Catholic Worker activist Mary Anne Grady Flores, grandmother of three, to a year in prison. Her crime? Being the first to allegedly violate an Order of Protection, issued to over… Read more »