Defend birthright citizenship!

Hat/Tip to IPR. Party for Socialism and Liberation editorial: On Jan. 5., anti-immigrant lawmakers from across the country held a press conference in Washington, D.C., announcing new legislation in 14 states aimed at undermining birthright citizenship. The same racist Arizona lawmakers who authored SB 1070 are introducing a bill that would issue a different type […]

Immigration Story: Fashionable, Irish immigrant vs. Guatemalan cook

KW: This story seems so unreal. It is like a comedy of manners to expose the classism and racism that underlies the immigration debate in the United States. Pay attention to the rich people’s privilege and indifference. See if you can notice the two Hispanic people treated unfairly in this story (maybe you will notice, […]

Reflections on Marcelo Lucero and Jeffrey Conroy

A poem reflecting on the lives of the two men whose lives have been tied together by crime: Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorean immigrant, and Jeffrey Conroy, one of the young men recently sentenced in Marcelo Lucero’s murder. This is a poem by Maxwell Wheat, 2007-2009 Nassau County Poet Laureate.

Response to the NY Democratic Party’s white, white Governor ticket

This article is a reflection of race in the 2010 NY Governor race. The starting point was a quote by Sen. Ruben Diaz about Andrew Cuomo’s actions. Diaz said, “I am glad to hear that our future Governor, Andrew Cuomo has called Rev. Al Sharpton to apologize for not choosing a person of color on his ballot for Governor. At the same time, it worries me that Andrew Cuomo did not take the same opportunity and show a little respect and appreciation to the Hispanic community…”

Long Island Wins: Suffolk County, “We Work for You?”

For the full story by Kirby Einhorn: Long Island Wins :: We Work for You? Long Island WINS is a group dedicated to exploring the contributions of immigrants to the Long Island community and economy. They have a great post about the January 14th, Community Meeting, held by the County Executive’s Office. Was the meeting […]

Updates on Lucero murder: Attackers face more charges/Billy O’Reilly defends Steve Levy

If you would like the latest updates and commentary on the murder of Marcelo Lucero and information on vigils and rallies, please consider checking in at www.longislandwins.com. It is difficult for us to keep up with the folks over there, and they are well-studied on the surrounding issues. Below are links to two important updates […]

Suffolk County: Under-reporting hate crimes?

(excerpt from) Newsday.com Defining a hate crime by REID J. EPSTEIN 10:45 PM EST, November 16, 2008 When vandals sprayed a block of cars in Mastic with racist graffiti last week, Suffolk County police didn’t consider it a hate crime. But when anti-Semitic symbols were painted onto cars in Jericho in late October, Nassau County […]