Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Latino Rebels | Federal Judge: Arizona’s Mexican American Studies Ban Is Racist and Unconstitutional

Latino Rebels | Federal Judge: Arizona’s Mexican American Studies Ban Is Racist and Unconstitutional

Judge Rules Arizona Ethnic Studies Ban is Unconstitutional | Democracy Now!

Judge Rules Arizona Ethnic Studies Ban is Unconstitutional | Democracy Now!

In a victory for educators and ethnic studies advocates, a federal judge has ruled the state of Arizona violated students’ First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by eliminating a Mexican-American studies program from Tucson public schools. In 2010, Arizona passed a controversial law banning the teaching of any class designed for a particular ethnic group that would "promote resentment toward a race or class of people." The law ended up eliminating Tucson’s ethnic studies program and banning seven books from public school classrooms, including "Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years"; Shakespeare’s play "The Tempest"; "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Freire and "Chicano!: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement."

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Trump's ICE Agents Operate Within Schools

It’s been an excruciating six months since 14-year-old Fatima Avelica watched, sobbing, as immigration agents picked up her father on their way to school.
Fatima’s father, Rómulo Avelica-González, who immigrated illegally from Mexico in the 1990s, had driven Fatima and her 12-year-old sister, Yuleni, to school in Los Angeles every morning for years, despite a deportation order hanging over his head. But a month after Donald Trump took office as president and called for ramped-up immigration arrests, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents pulled over the family’s car.
The wrenching video of the arrest that Fatima took from the backseat went viral, capturing a moment that would come to symbolize the anguish of schoolchildren who have seen their families torn apart by aggressive immigration enforcement, as well as the anxiety of others who worry their families could be next.

Fatima Avelia shot this video when her undocumented father, Rómulo Avilez-González, was arrested in Los Angeles while driving her to school.

For many of the estimated 1 million undocumented children in the US — and the roughly 4.5 million young people, like Fatima and Yuleni, born here and with at least one undocumented parent (like Fatima and Yuleni) — anxiety travels with them from home to school, creating a climate of fear in which learning is disrupted and classrooms are destabilized.

White Nationalists, Neo-Confederates, and Donald Trump | Portside

White Nationalists, Neo-Confederates, and Donald Trump | Portside

Saturday, August 19, 2017

antiracismdsa: Memories of Charlottesville

antiracismdsa: Memories of Charlottesville: Memories of Charlottesville,  Palmer Foley In 2016, things fell apart. The center lost its hold, and the worst of the far Right, f...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Charlottesville: Race and Terror – VICE News Tonight on HBO

Hundreds of white supremacists marched with torches in an American city Friday night. They arrived the next day brandishing weapons and armor. One white supremacist allegedly murdered an anti-racist protester in the street with his car and injured several others. This is what really happened when you peel back all the rhetoric flying in the aftermath, and after you tune out the first reprehensible response from the President of the United States, and his subsequent update to it that was two days late and a dollar short.
Vice News, to the outlet's immense credit, was on the ground to document the events in Charlottesville this weekend. Reporter Elle Reeve even embedded, for a time, with white supremacist leader Chris Cantwell. What she found speaks for itself, but keep an eye out for the little things. Like, say, how many guns these white supremacists have.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Trump's Response to Charlottesville

What Trump’s  first response to the Charlottesville carnage says about his moral compass

 From the  The Bee
AUGUST 13, 2017 11:00 AM

President Donald Trump’s moral compass isn’t working. The needle’s spinning wildly, but the leader of the free world just can’t find moral north.
The latest example of his moral senility came in the wake of the white nationalist and Nazi atrocities in Charlottesville this weekend. On Friday night, torch-wielding supremacists descended on the college town, chanting slogans such as “Jews will not replace us,” many of them giving the Nazi salute.
The event looked like a hybrid of a KKK lynch mob and a Nazi book-burning ceremony. The tweeter-in-chief’s response was … silence. The next morning, hundreds of heavily armed white supremacists descended on the town again. From the loud-mouth president … more silence.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Trump’s Racist Silence

Trump’s Racist Silence: By his refusal to condemn white nationalism after the Charlottesville murder, Trump acknowledges that virulent racism is the linchpin of his presidency.

Generals and Cops Trained by the Pentagon Are Staging Coups All Over the World - In These Times

Generals and Cops Trained by the Pentagon Are Staging Coups All Over the World - In These Times

Its Not About Bigotry on All Sides: It's About White Supremacy

One Dead After Car Plows Into Anti-Racist Demonstrators
Ryan M. Kelly/ The Daily Progressive

Bill Fletcher
August 12, 2017

I sat here listening to Trump’s remarks in connection with the violence carried out by neofascists in Charlottesville this afternoon, violence which has resulted in the death of at least one anti-fascist.  He condemned bigotry on what he called all sides.
Once again Trump obscures reality.  He either ignores the violence and terrorism carried out against traditionally oppressed groups, e.g., attacks on mosques, or he uses evasive language in order to avoid pointing the finger at the real perpetrators of racist violence.
Some will act as if this is a sign of incompetence on the part of Trump.  While Trump clearly lacks competence in so many aspects of his life and presidency–as we are witnessing in the sabre-rattling with North Korea–Trump’s attitude towards race is not about incompetence.  This represents a long-standing feature of who he is and the politics that he represents.  This is someone who spearheaded the Birther attack on President Obama’s legitimacy, raising unsubstantiated suggestions regarding Obama’s citizenship.  This is someone who led the charge against the Central Park 5.  This is someone who has been quite comfortable aligning himself with right-wing populists and neofascists.
We should not expect anything better or clearer from Trump.  What we must do is rip the cover off of every effort that he undertakes to obscure white supremacist and xenophobic violence and hatred.  Progressives should stop using the term “alt-Right” and recognize that what we are witnessing are neofascist movements, movements that are interested in provoking violence and are, in many cases well-armed.
Trump is prepared to remain silent about such movements.  Many liberals are hoping that the neofascists will simply go home and shut up.  What we must understand is that they will not go home and shut up.  They must be defeated.  They cannot be tolerated.  They are a cancer in the system of democracy.  They seek not to create a more conservative system but to radically eliminate democracy and with it many populations that they believe to be antithetical to the openly white republic that they believe that the USA must return to being.
They shall not pass!

Bill Fletcher
Activist and writer Bill Fletcher, Jr. served as a senior staff person in the AFL-CIO and as former president of TransAfrica Forum. He is an editorial board member of

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Farm Worker Rebellion: David Bacon at Sac State

Keynote Speaker: David Bacon - "The Pacific Coast Farm Worker Rebellion"

5:30 - 6:30 pm | The Guy West Plaza | FREE for the public Sept. 13.

David Bacon is a California-based writer and photographer.  He is the author of several books about migration:  The Children of NAFTA, Communities Without Borders, Illegal People – How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, and The Right to Stay Home. His latest book is In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte, copublished by the University of California Press (Berkeley) and the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Tijuana), which documents the lives of farm workers in photographs and narratives. Bacon was a factory worker and union organizer for two decades with the United Farm Workers, the International Ladies Garment Workers and other unions. Today he documents the changing conditions in the workforce, the impact of the global economy, war and migration, and the struggle for human rights. His photography has been exhibited in the U.S. Mexico and Europe, and his articles and photoessays have been published widely. David Bacon has been documenting the lives of farm workers through photographs and journalism since 1988.   

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