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Renewing the American Dream (A Book Review)

Renewing the American Dream (A Book Review) | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Like many other authors and activists, the three authors of this book agree that America is in a new era where we have declined in several areas including:

Job creation, Education, Political participation, Political consensus, Business creation, Social mobility, And overall global impact…."

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Migration is Beautiful

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"Migration is Beautiful symbolizes a commitment from the creative community to see, show, and celebrate the humanity of the migrant story."


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Teen describes brutal journey into U.S. - CNN.com Video

A 17-year-old Honduran girl migrates to U.S. alone, facing threats from deadly gangs. CNN's Alina Machado reports.
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8-Year-Old Baylor Fredrickson Needs Your DNA to Survive (VIDEO)

8-Year-Old Baylor Fredrickson Needs Your DNA to Survive (VIDEO) | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Although Asian Americans are in high demand, you do not have to be Asian American to become a living bone marrow donor. For more information on joining the Donor Registry -- regardless of your ethnic background -- visit Be the Match. All it takes is a swab of your cheek to have your DNA entered into the registry. Patients' DNA is then put through the system for potential matches. It costs nothing for you -- even if you are matched to a patient in need.


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Blame weak gun laws for holiday violence, Chicago's top cop says

Blame weak gun laws for holiday violence, Chicago's top cop says | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Shootings claim 9 lives, wound more than 60 others over the holiday weekend.


Chicago's police superintendent lashes out at what he called lax state and federal gun laws after a violent Fourth of July weekend.


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How Much Of The Immigration Process Can Obama Change By Executive Action?


A frustrated President Obama says he's no longer waiting for a stalled Congress to take action and he'll use what powers he has to reform immigration. But what can he do?


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Cop pushes over man in wheelchair - CNN.com Video

A police officer has been disciplined after pushing over a wheelchair-bound man. CNN affiliate WRTV reports.
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Able bodied officer allows man in wheelchair to run over his foot. 


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Israeli police beat American teen - CNN.com Video

Violence against teens in Jerusalem stokes tensions. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.
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Study Reveals Police Are 10 Times More Likely To Shoot African Americans

Study Reveals Police Are 10 Times More Likely To Shoot African Americans | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


It’s official: African American residents are 10 times more likely than Caucasians to be shot by police. At least that’s what one study found for residents of Chicago.


In an analysis of recent data from the City of Chicago Independent Police Review Authority, “In black and Latino, lower-income neighborhoods you will see police officers who are instructed to stop and frisk and aggressively search every day,” civil rights attorney Craig Futterman told the Chicago Reporter, which first crunched the data.


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Border Angels - The Power of One

Border Angels - The Power of One | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Since 1994, 10,000 people have died trying to cross the border between the United States and Mexico, according to Enrique Morones founder of Border Angels. Among those who attempted the journey are men, women and young children. Due to harsh weather conditions, tough terrain and often the expensive price migrants must pay to smugglers, however, many do not make it across.

       Founded by Morones in 1986, Border Angels is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance to undocumented immigrants. After bringing food and water to migrants who were living in the canyons of North County San Diego, Morones and the Border Angels expanded their operation by going out to the desert to place water near the recently constructed wall dividing the United States and Mexico, also known as Operation Gatekeeper.


       “Before Operation Gatekeeper, one or two people died every month,” said Morones. 


       “After Operation Gatekeeper, one or two people die every day.


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Showdown: California town turns away buses of detained immigrants

Showdown: California town turns away buses of detained immigrants | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
National controversy over a surge of Central American immigrants illegally crossing the U.S. border establishes a new battleground in Murrieta, California.
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People don't even have sympathy for child refugees.


U.S. xenophobia is out of control. 


The city of Murrieta has an animal shelter near by - but children in need - the community has no tolerance for children. 


And it's usually the offspring of immigrants themselves who want to block access to those in need.


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Researching and Writing about Race and Sex – Hidden Power of Words Series, #10

Researching and Writing about Race and Sex – Hidden Power of Words Series, #10 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Cartoon shows citizens with their heritage split down the middle. 


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Writing about racialized and sexualized ideas, events, and peoples naturally involves sensitive language. Equally, what is considered appropriate changes over time as one term acquires negative connotations or new language is developed.


For some time now, I almost always use “racialized” or “racialization” instead of “race.” This recognizes the socially constructed nature of how people are raced. People are not White or Black but are raced/racialized as White or Black, for example. 


Also, the capital “W” and “B” are deliberate. This helps us remember they are powerful—yet fully arbitrary—social categories.


More recently, I have also started capitalizing the “M” and “W” in cis-Man and cis-Woman because they are likewise powerful—yet fully arbitrary—social categories that are sexualized/genderized.  


But getting back to racialized terminology, more recently I’ve wondered over the difference between Black, African American, African-American, and African-American (as an adjective).


First, regarding the hyphen between the “African” and “American,” there are three schools of thought (and the same would apply to “Mexican” and “American”):


1-    some say to always use the hyphen

2-    some say to never use the hyphen

3-    some say to only use the hyphen when the term functions as an adjective (e.g., African-American students)


There is also a debate from the Gilded Age and Progressive Era that looks at “hyphenated Americans” as less than real United Statesians (and yes, “United Statesians” is deliberate – I see ethnical dilemmas with the word “Americans”). This was an era when full assimilation was not only expected but was demanded – but only to the extent that people “looked” and “acted” like a proper White United Statesian, not to the extent that they were granted rights White individuals had.


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I prefer the term European-American to White. European-American explains that their heritage is foreign to the Americas. 


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Obama to take executive action on immigration

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President Barack Obama plans to take executive actions on immigration reform.
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Woot! That's my president! 


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Children from Central America - Origins of Crisis

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Over the last year, an unprecedented number of unaccompanied immigrant children, mostly from Central America, have attempted to cross the border into the United States. Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute,explains the roots of the migration surge and the politics behind it.


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An in depth explanation of the origins of the crisis that has lead children to flee to the U.S. 


Eleven minutes of audio. 


One point Gonzalez had wrong is that the crisis started back in 2009, years longer than the one year that he suggested. 


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How to Help Refugees in the Border Region — Southern Border Communities Coalition

How to Help Refugees in the Border Region — Southern Border Communities Coalition | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Here are the ways that you can help.


In California


In Arizona


In New Mexico


In Texas

Background on what is happening in Central America: 
 


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UN Pushes For Fleeing Central Americans To Be Treated As Refugees | VIDEO

UN Pushes For Fleeing Central Americans To Be Treated As Refugees | VIDEO | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States and Mexico...


The easiest way to have good records of who is entering and exiting the United States is to have easy ways of legal immigration. - Chris Wilson, Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center @Chris_E_Wilson 


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‘Little Free Libraries’ legal in Leawood thanks to 9-year-old Spencer Collins

‘Little Free Libraries’ legal in Leawood thanks to 9-year-old Spencer Collins | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The Leawood City Council decided Monday night that little free libraries are exempt — at least temporarily — from a city ordinance that prohibits structures in front yards. After the vote, Mayor Peggy Dunn handed 9-year-old Spencer Collins a book for his little blue box on red stilts.
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Freedom Babies

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This documentary follows Kanahus over the course of a year as she raises her babies decolonized and free from the restrictions of the Canadian government. Kanahus and her father, Arthur Manuel, reminisce about the plight they have faced against the Canadian government in their effort to fight against colonization by encouraging Indigenous people to live free. 


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BiDil

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BiDil (2005) is the trade name for isosorbide dinitrate/hydralazine, a heart medicine for Blacks. It is the first race-based prescription drug approved by the US government’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


In the 1980s Dr Jay Cohn took two drugs that were no longer under patent, put them together and patented them as a heart medicine – not just for Blacks but for anyoneThe FDA refused to approve it for general use: trials showed that on average it did not make much of a difference.


Cohn went back through the numbers from the trials and found that it did seem to help those who self-identified as Black. So he applied for a new patent: the very same drug but this time meant for Blacks.


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The 'i-word' is un-American

The 'i-word' is un-American | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Sally Kohn says the intensity of the anti-immigrant rhetoric is stunning. It's time to stop using 'illegal' as an epithet
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No human is illegal. Drop the i-word.

 

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Winning deportation and green card cases, in an era of immigration law darkness, is an incredibly difficult task.


Eliminating the darkness is an even tougher job.


Over the past two decades, as described in The Battle To Correct False Labels About Immigrants, the negative terminology subtly became a staple of American politics over the past 20 years.  It struck a chord in the mind set of many, and words that are clearly intended to hurt other human beings are now used with calloused impunity.


As political columnist Sally Kohn writes, "Make no mistake about it, words matter, not only in reflecting certain dehumanizing attitudes toward historically marginalized groups but in actively perpetuating and rationalizing that dehumanization."


And she asks the more appropriate question, "Is it not possible to oppose immigrant rights without resorting to attacking immigrants as human beings?"



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The future of American racism

The future of American racism | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Note: The following is mostly based on chapter 14 of “Race in North America” (2012) by Audrey and Brian D. Smedley.


Racism in the US is always changing but changes slowly.
 That means the near future will be pretty much the same, but the longer term it will bring change.


American racism will have to somehow adjust to:
 

  1. Japan as a country fully the equal of the US and Britain.
  2. Asian Americans scoring higher on IQ tests.
  3. The Black middle-class and Blacks in important positions.
  4. Immigration from Asia and Latin America pouring into the US, bringing millions of people who do not fit into the old black-and-white boxes.
  5. Multiracial identities, particularly those who are half White and half Asian or Latino. It not only challenges the idea that race determines culture and behaviour, but also makes one’s “race” harder to determine and therefore less useful.
  6. Barack Obama, whose very person goes against everything most Americans think they know about race. He is multiracial. He looks Black but culturally is like Dorothy of “The Wizard of Oz”: a White person from Kansas. American racism is incapable of making sense of him – thus all the Birther and Secret Muslim stuff.
  7. The Human Genome Project – which left only 0.1% of the genome for scientific racism.


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8 Big Lies History Books Tell About Natives

8 Big Lies History Books Tell About Natives | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Do history books written by white folks tell the truth about Native Americans? We think not. Here are just some of the lies they tell.
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‘This Land Is Your Land,’ Las Cafeteras’ Independence Day Tribute - COLORLINES

‘This Land Is Your Land,’ Las Cafeteras’ Independence Day Tribute - COLORLINES | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


What is freedom in a country which denies healthcare to undocumented residents, separates families via deportation, and has the highest incarceration rate in the world? That’s the question Los Angeles-based band Las Cafeteras is asking this Independence Day. 


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Court: Teen in Mexico who was shot by U.S. agent had rights

Court: Teen in Mexico who was shot by U.S. agent had rights | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means the family can move forward with a $25 million lawsuit.
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The Inherent Contradiction Between the “Constitution” and “Democracy,” More on the Hobby Lobby Decision

The Inherent Contradiction Between the “Constitution” and “Democracy,” More on the Hobby Lobby Decision | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


There is a deep on-going, yet unstated conflict in our nation. Upholding both the Constitution and Democracy are impossible tasks unless one has a fully homogenous nation or fully educated/open-minded/not greedy citizens. 


Of course, when the nation was created, Democracy only applied to rich White cis-Men, and the Constitution was written by and for rich White cis-Men. As said from a Critical Race Theory point-of-view, this has created an on-going White-centric legacy that has infiltrated all of the nation’s laws and institutions – institutionalized racism – racism that affects and hurts all individuals but functions from a White-is-default framework.


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Children's Books on the Refugee Experience Are Crucial Reading

Children's Books on the Refugee Experience Are Crucial Reading | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


While facts and figures are useful to understand the scale of the refugee problem, for most people it’s the personal angle that they best relate to. But this personal angle, and the sympathy and understanding that it promotes, is hard to come by, especially in young children.


Children’s literature that focuses on the refugee experience can provide just that. Books such as Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah and The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo focus on the individual’s story. They offer a voice to descriptions of suffering and resilience in the face of the huge challenges that fleeing for safety and seeking asylum bring


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Cities of origin of unaccompanied children

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Here is an infographic by the Department of Homeland Security showing the cities of origin of unaccompanied children picked up by Border Patrol from January 1 through May 14. 


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I've been listening to all the reports on this topic and Antonio Gonzalez was on the Tavis Smiley Show explaining that U.S. policies have led to this crisis including the War on Drugs that extends to Central America. The War on Drugs is really a war on people. 


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