Big banner over a freeway in Downtown Los Angeles announcing that "the 99% is coming on November 17".
For those outside of California that are not familiar with the "Steve Poisoner effect", here's a quick summary. Steve Poizner was the candidate for Governor of California that poisoned the 2010 Republican primaries with vile anti-immigrant rhetoric. In the end he did not only lose the nomination of his party, but arguably he ended up costing Republicans the governorship in California because Latinos lashed out at the GOP at the ballot box. Are we witnessing the same dynamic play out in the national Republican primary field with Mitt Romney? Has Romney become the new Steve Poizner? Romney has gone the "Poisoner" route and has started to attack immigrants and Governor Perry on immigration reform legislation like in-state tuition for young students that have grown up here in the U.S. but happen to be undocumented.
Last April 24, during a panel discussion on CBS’ Face the Nation, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) called for a Grand Jury investigation and for the Attorney General to press criminal charges if necessary to curb the price manipulation of gasoline prices. The demand for gasoline continues to drop because most working class Americans, finding themselves unable to afford gas prices, are cutting back, even though they need gas to get to work.
Yet gas prices only continue to rise and we are given excuse after excuse as to why: civil unrest in the Middle East, the value of the U.S. dollar falling, flooding along the Mississipi River. But are these really valid justifications? It seems that no matter what event unfolds around in the world, it is used as a justification for prices not dropping at the pump.
Culture shock, role reversals, traumas from being torn from their parents by ICE raids, internalized anger: these are among some of the pychological issues that many children of Latino immigrants are being affected by. Because oftentimes many of these immigrant families have had very little or no access at all to healthcare either here in the U.S. or at their countries of origin, these are issues that are hardly ever recognized, let alone addressed or treated by professionals. Not surprisingly, these topics are equally hardly ever being talked about in our Spanish language media, let alone in the English language media outlets. A new book, Listen to the Children, Conversations with Immigrant Families, seeks to address these important topics. Project Economic Refugee recently had the opportunity to interview the author of the book, Dr. Conde-Frazier to give a little more insight into how to protect the psycho-emotional health of these children.
Project Economic Refugee has been drawing parallels from the coincedental intersection in time between the DREAM Act and the other major piece of legislation that many progressive activists are trying to push: the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Most specifically, Project Economic Refugee has been arguing for mutual empathy for the purpose of promoting the idea that we have much work to do to instill a sense of compassion and respect for "the other" in both the Latino communities and in the gay community.
Project Economic Refugee's analysis of the Sonia Sotomayor factor in the November 2010 midterm elections.
Video clip of Chris Matthews discussing Meg Whitman v. Jerry Brown at their last debate in the California gubernatorial race on issue of E-Verify.
The conservative network that is currenlty serving as the mouthpiece for the Republican party in the U.S. has launched a website that will be targeting Latinos: FoxNewsLatino.com. Will there be a progressive response?
California gubernatorial October 2nd debate: if you missed it, links are below to video of it in full either in English or Spanish and the full transcript of it in English here.
California: during the 1st gubernatorial debate that just took place between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate made this very candid remark regarding immigration reform: "I wouldn't support a path to legalization."
Undocumented youth that would benefit from DREAM Act ask "let us serve."
Word is that Univision DC reported that we would need 5 Republican Senators to get this thing passed.
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