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.

Some Libertarian thinking on immigration

A message from Wes Benedict of the national Libertarian Party expresses tolerance for immigrants and presents solutions for immigration problems.

Sat. Nov 14th: Alan Semerdjian’s book signing in Huntington

Alan Semerdjian is a musician and poet whose work Ian and I both admire. Alan had been the caretaker at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington, and he led a multi-media arts event there called “The Body Electric”, the likes of which Long Island has never seen before or since. Alan is a musician as […]

The truth about Eli Mystal and illegal immigrants

KW: The story of then-Legislator Elie Mystal saying an outrageous remark about immigrants, and the response to that remark, demonstrates some stark realities about the difficulties of community organizing, public communications, and keeping relationships among activists. The story below, by Elie Mystal’s son, inspires me, by confronting two awkward situations: former Legislator Elie Mystal, a […]

Southern Poverty Law Center: Anti-Immigrant Climate Fueling Violence Against Latinos in Suffolk County

*Check with Long Island Wins (longislandwins.com) for more coverage on the report. MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Latino immigrants in Suffolk County, N.Y., are routinely the target of violent attacks, harassment and abuse driven by a virulent anti-immigrant climate that has been fostered by community leaders and law enforcement practices, according to a report released today by […]

Excellent article on new Amnesty Report: Jailed Without Justice

Go to the full article or the report to read about a Buddhist monk detained for 10 months and a Chinese woman, held in a county jail for almost a year, simply for seeking religious/political asylum. Horrible stories about what our government is doing. (And, whenever there is lack of due process in a situation […]

Do we live in a rogue state?

Ian had noted off-blog that it sounded like we lived in a rogue nation. Recently, it seemed as if President Obama was saying that he, the elected “Commander in Chief”, was having to negotiate with the military about when to leave Iraq, and how many tens of thousands of soldiers to leave there permanently. Now, […]

First worksite raids of the Obama Administration

Call to Action: Communities must fight back against FIRST WORKSITE raids of the Obama Administration February 26, 2009 As you may know, the Obama administration executed the first worksite raid of his administration this week outside Seattle in Bellingham, Washington. Below, please find a DRAFT action alert that FIRM has circulated this morning.  Please distribute […]

Betcha didn’t know: Who are immigrants and do they pay taxes?

While the article below about immigration was written partially in response to the murder of Marcelo Lucero, it has very important facts for all Long Islanders to understand about immigration. The article, “They’re a part of the island: Immigrants contribute to community” by David Dyssegaard Kallick, is at Newsday: here.