Free undocumented immigrants from incarceration: Stop the corporate prison industry’s influence on politics

Originally posted on Prison Divestment Campaign:

How the For-Profit Corporate Prison Lobby Killed Immigration Reform

To free undocumented immigrants from the threat of incarceration, the focus has to be on reducing the corporate prison industry’s influence on Congress.

Most national leaders are telling their constituencies that bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform is not a possibility this year. Acts of civil disobedience and militant, grassroots efforts to stop deportations are spreading across the country. Missing in the strategy is the power of the for-profit corporate prison industry. To win, the immigration reform movement has to weaken the private prison corporate lobby.

The immigrant rights movement made major headway in the fight for human rights and equal justice in 2013. Worker centers and several key unions stepped up their efforts by organizing popular support to pressure Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE and local sheriffs to free detained immigrants. The movement…

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Children Suffer as War Continues in Gaza and Israel

Originally posted on TIME:

As the conflict in the Gaza Strip and Israel moves into its third week, the impact of the fighting on Palestinian and Israeli children has become a heart-breaking signature of the conflict. Reports from Gaza relay stories of shells destroying civilian homes, killing children sheltering within; of tank-fire killing a five month-old baby; of a naval bombardment on a beach killing four young boys who had been kicking around a soccer ball. In Israel, parents hear the first wail of air raid sirens, grab their frightened children and run for bomb shelters.

After two weeks of aerial attacks by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) against the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the densely populated Gaza Strip – followed by a ground offensive that began last week – the statistics are just as grim as the news reports. UNICEF’s communications chief in Jerusalem, Catherine Weibel, says that according to U.N.’s figures…

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9th Wonder Tributes Bobby Womack With ‘Farewell To The Soul Man’

Originally posted on Into The Urban:

A few days ago the legendary Bobby Womack passed away. Veteran producer 9th Wonder is a big admirer of the 70 year old icon and decided to create a mixtape honouring the deceased artist. He pays tribute with Farewell To The Soul Man’, a collection of every instrumental he’s created with a Womack sample. Stream and download the mixtape below. Rest in power Bobby Womack! 

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Detroit begins cutting off water to 150,000 residents, prompting appeal to United Nations for help

Originally posted on Financial Post | Business:

Desperate calls for help from the United Nations aren’t just for war-torn and developing nations anymore. The city of Detroit — a city that has been on the brink in many ways — in an effort to balance its books, has begun shutting off water access to city residents behind on their payments. While that may seem like what happens to anyone when they don’t pay their bills, Detroit is a unique case — nearly half of the 323,900 residents who use the utility are delinquent, according to the Detroit Free Press. To make matters worse, Al Jazeera America reports, Detroit’s average monthly water bill is nearly double the national average of $40. The Detroit City Council approved a 9% hike last week.

In response, a coalition of activist groups in the city have appealed to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights for relief. Here’s what they’re…

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U.S.-Born Workers Are Now Half of America’s Latino Workforce

Originally posted on TIME:

U.S.-born workers for the first time in nearly two decades make up a majority of the country’s Latino workforce, according to the Pew Research Center. Pew’s analysis also revealed that U.S.-born Latinos have gained more jobs than immigrant Latinos since the 2007-2009 recession.

“This development is mostly due to the waning inflow of Hispanic immigrants. The Great Recession, a tepid jobs recovery, tighter border controls and more deportations have served to mitigate migration to the U.S. from Latin America, especially Mexico, in recent years,” Pew’s study says.

Pew expects the current trends to persist in the future, citing uncertainty about U.S. jobs growth, the possibility of tougher immigration policies and declining birth rates in Mexico and other Latin American countries.

Currently, U.S.-born workers account for 50.5% of the Latino workforce. Of the 2.8 million jobs gained since the recession ended in 2009, just 453,000 of those went to immigrants.

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View from The Mountain

The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

“This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.
The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.”

Sao Paulo’s transit workers strike one week before World Cup

Originally posted on SI Wire:

 eople crowd on to a bus outside the Arthur Alvim metro station during a metro strike in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 5, 2014. This city that will host the World Cup opening match in a week was thrown into transit chaos Thur(AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

People crowd onto a bus outside of a station during a metro strike in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Subway and overland commuter train operators have gone on strike in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the city that’s hosting the World Cup’s opening match, meaning fans might have to find another way to the stadium, reports the Associated Press.

Workers are looking for a 10 percent increase in pay, while the company that runs the subway system is offering an 8.7 percent pay increase.

More than four million people use the transit system everyday in Sao Paulo and many were not happy when they arrived on Thursday to find some stations closed, according to the report. Some commuters kicked down the metal barriers at two entryways and others jumped onto tracks protesting the closures.

The World Cup starts June 12, with Brazil squaring off against Croatia in Sao Paulo.

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Enter the neurodiversity paradigm…

Originally posted on Beyond Meds:

On a Wave explores the more complex narrative of disability as it relates to Autism, and the problematic nature of representation, as well ableism, or value judgements which are complicated by social constructions which pathologize human diversity. -Shari Paladino

On a Wave from Media for Social Change on Vimeo.

Hat tip to TAG, Because you’re it. She quotes from the film:

“What’s the point of awareness without empathy or understanding?” asks Emma Delzer in this beautiful little film by Shari Palladino.

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