Newsletter - Beyond Russia: The Work Ahead

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By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. As the day that the Electoral College casts its vote for President draws near, so does the frenzy of accusations that Russians hacked the election to benefit Donald Trump and are spreading ‘fake news’ full of Russian propaganda. It seems like everyone is jumping on the anti-Russia bandwagon, including past Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and most of the organizations affiliated with the Democratic Party. Many are calling for the Electors to switch their votes to Hillary Clinton. Russian spying image from the Intercept Russian spying image from the Intercept The absurdity of the 2016 Presidential election doesn’t seem to have an end. We urge readers not to get drawn into the manufactured distractions of the day. We have real work to do, no matter who is elected, to organize across multiple fronts of struggle.

Immigrant Youth In The Silicon Valley: Together We Rise


By Staff of UCLA Labor Center – Undocumented youth are concentrated in service sectors, such as food and retail, construction, administrative work, and waste management. Undocumented young workers are 50% more likely to be “front-line” workers. Front-line jobs are low-wage, entry-level jobs, such as the floor positions in retail stores, counter staff at a fast food restaurant, and nonsupervisory positions at the construction site. Undocumented youth earn 28% less than other youth and earn less than what is needed to live in the area. Undocumented youth are diverse and a core part of the Silicon Valley community.

Judge Orders Border Patrol Provide Short Term Detainees With Basic Necessities

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By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick for Immigration Impact – A federal judge ordered the Border Patrol to immediately cease its practice of refusing to provide basic amenities to people detained in Border Patrol holding cells in Tucson, Arizona. The judge cited evidence that shows that detainees are kept in freezing holding cells—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” —for days without any access to showers or basic hygiene and are forced to sleep on cold concrete floors with only a thin Mylar sheet. On November 18, Judge David C. Bury ordered the Border Patrol to immediately begin providing any detainee held for more than 12 hours with a mattress…

Oakland Passes Public Banking Resolution, Reaffirmed As Sanctuary City


By Sheng Thao for Cowboys On The Commons – The Resolution, co-sponsored by Councilmembers Kaplan, Kalb, and Guillen, directs the City Administrator to look into the scope and cost of conducting a feasibility study for public banking in Oakland and possibly the larger region. It also directs City Staff to solicit input from community stakeholders about the feasibility study, including suggestions of potential contractors and funding sources; and makes it clear that the study should cover the legality and feasibility of banking the cannabis industry. The Resolution generated support from Councilmembers and community members alike.

Immigrants Urge Obama To End Legacy As ‘Deporter-In-Chief’


By Kevin Thomas for DC Media Group. Washington, DC – Undocumented immigrants and their allies traveled this week from Trump Tower in New York City to the White House in Washington, DC, as part of a movement called “Caravan of Courage” to demand action from President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump. The Dream Action Coalition, a New York-based advocacy group, organized the march in the wake of Trump’s election and as Obama’s presidency, which has seen a record number of deportations, enters its final weeks. On their trip from Trump Tower to the White House, the group made stops along the route to support other activists, including organizers against a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Philadelphia.

Resisting Trump: What's Next For Immigrant Rights Movement

Immigrant rights activists are digging in their heels for a hard fight, including reforms at state and local levels. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)

By Mike Ludwig for Truthout – After building a fierce grassroots movement and turning out voters in record numbers, immigrant communities have been struck with a mix of panic, anger and confusion as a divided nation prepares for President Donald Trump. Now, advocates are digging in their heels for a hard fight, and both immigrants and their allies are hurrying to make preparations before Trump takes office.

What Will Become Of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ After Trump?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks in Los Angeles after an interfaith prayer service for the immigrant community following the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States. (Photo: Patrick Fallon/Reuters)

By Rebecca McCray for Takepart – Chief among the long list of marginalized groups likely to be affected by President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for his first 100 days in office are immigrants. Trump has promised to “cancel” executive orders issued by President Obama that excuse DREAM Act beneficiaries and their families from deportation, build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and deport “the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back,” according to the plan.

Now More Than Ever We Need Allies To Support Immigrant Community


By Juan Escalante for Medium – Tuesday’s election results have sent shockwaves across the immigrant community in the United States, as one of the most anti-immigrant and xenophobic politicians in recent history was just elected president. Donald Trump’s election has thrown many of our families, mine included, into a level of uncertainty that we’ve never experience before. Fear is running rampant, as immigrants from all across the country wonder what will happen to them, whether President Obama’s 2012 DACA program will be terminated, and whether Trump’s deportation force will come knocking at our doors.

When Trump’s “Deportation Force” Comes For Us…

Immigrant rights protesters take part in a May Day rally in Chicago. (Photo: Payton Chung/flickr/cc)

By Carl Lindskoog for Common Dreams – The undocumented members of our communities are frightened. And for good reason. In his first day in office, President-elect Trump has vowed to reverse President Obama’s executive orders shielding certain undocumented people from deportation, to cancel federal funding to Sanctuary Cities, and to begin removing millions of “criminal illegal immigrants.” We can and must condemn these actions. But what can we actually do to protect our friends and neighbors?

Newsletter: Time For Boldness, Clarity & Assertiveness

People have the power; protest in Ferguson City Hall in 2014.

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers for Popular Resistance. In this moment, the movement for economic, racial and environmental justice needs be bold, clear and assertive in putting forth an agenda that will serve the economically dispossessed, those under attack by militarized police, immigrants facing detentions and deportations and demonstrate policies that ensure economic security. Where Trump is right, as in detente with Russia, the movement will support him against the neocons and humanitarian war supporters; and we will push him further for an end to war as the primary tool of foreign policy. Both parties are confronting major fissures, leadership challenges and questions about where they go from here. Their confused leadership provides an opportunity for the popular movement to fill the leadership void with policies that put people, planet and peace over profit.

Groups Calling For International Convergence At U.S./Mexico Border

By Staff of SOAW – Nogales, AZ – Thousands of activists throughout the United States and Mexico will gather on both sides of the border since the School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch) is moving its annual vigil to the line between Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora from October 7-10, 2016. After holding an annual vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, for 26 years, SOA Watch and partner groups, based on broad-based grassroots power, will push back against militarization of the border, against criminalization of migrants and refugees, and to name the root causes of migration.

Immigrant Youth Sues Government Over Protest Arrest

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By Staff of Not One More Deportation – Ireri Unzueta Carrasco is an educator, gardener, daughter and sister. Since 2010 when immigrant youth first came out of the shadows, she’s been part of the push of undocumented people struggling for civil and human rights. Now she is suing USCIS, the agency within the Department of Homeland Security that approves deferred action, to challenge its punishing decision to deny her daca renewal. The agency says that her involvement in the political protests that moved the President to create the deportation relief program is grounds to reject her application on “public safety” concerns.

Transnational Day Of Protests Against Detention Of Migrants

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By Leeds No Borders for Popular Resistance, A coalition of groups from the UK and around the world joined today (Saturday 7 May) a mass simultaneous protest in 15 detention centres, calling to end immigration detention centres. An international coalition joined forces with groups from all around the UK as well as groups from the US, Spain, Greece, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Iceland, N. Ireland, Belgium, France and Italy. In the UK, thousands took part in the protest in solidarity with the 30,000 adults and children in detention. Protesters held demonstrations at St Pancras train station, held noise demonstration in various detention centres, flew kites so detainees can see them beyond the high walls, danced, sang songs and called for the immediate release of those held against their will without judicial oversight, a time limit, or adequate access to legal support, translation, and healthcare.

Black And Brown Power Unite To Stop Deportation Raids

Protesters block traffic while displaying a sign in the #StopTheRaids demonstration on February 15, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Tom Callahan)

By Kelly Hayes for Truthout – With issues of mass incarceration and deportation hanging heavy over the current presidential race, both Black Lives Matter activists and immigration rights activists have had a great deal to say about the policies and commentaries of each potential commander in chief. But while hashtags like #SuperTuesday go viral and problematic award shows drag up questions about Black and Brown solidarity, some young people are forging ahead on the front lines, arm-in-arm with those whose issues many would divide from their own.

A Nation Too Stupid To Transform Itself With Its Immigrants?


By David Swanson for Let’s Try Democracy – The millions of people in the United States who are denied equal rights because they are immigrants have vast stockpiles of wisdom and rich culture to share; they engage in more strategic and courageous activism than do non-immigrants; and without any doubt they would vote better than do the “legal” people of South Carolina if only they were permitted to vote. The mistreatment of these people shortchanges every U.S. enterprise and reduces civil rights, paychecks, public safety, sense of community, and basic levels of morality for everyone.