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Charlotte Dupasquier's immigration story

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My friend Charlotte Dupasquier is from Brazil. Read their unique story about immigrating to America, and make sure to share it with your Congress member to support immigration reform.
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Rachel DeWaard's curator insight, May 22, 2014 12:59 AM

This article is about an international student who became a citizen but is having a very hard time finding a job because of this.  Many companies aren't willing to support these foreigners' visas. This woman was educated in the United States but  does not have the equal opportunities as her peers. Its interesting that people who work to become a citizen still don't have all of the opportunities offered by the US. I think this is very unfair. 

Breanne Hemann's comment, May 23, 2014 9:41 PM
I also think it isn't fair that she doesn't have the same opportunities as others when it comes to finding a job. I think it would be hard to be here and have to pay for all of your schooling without being able to work. Something should definitely be done about this in the future.m
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What Language Does Your State Speak?

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Last month, I wrote about the fun and the pitfalls of viral maps, a feature that included 88 super-simple maps of my own creation. As a follow-up, I’m writing up short items on some of those maps, walking through how I created them and how they succumb to (and hopefully...
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Your reparations check is on the way...(well, one day)

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"I created this image for my book, Obamistan! Land Without Racism: Your Guide to the New America, but somehow it never made it into the book. Wouldn’t it be great if we started getting these checks in the mail? 

Reparations is one of the most polarizing topics I have ever spoken on, which kind of shocks me, actually, considering that several groups around the world have successfully been paid reparations. Why is the topic of American Slavery so contentious?
I used to do this thing when I spoke to schools, (I don’t do it anymore because it was so controversial). I would have all the white students in the audience pull out a dollar. I would ask them to consider where it came from in their lives- did they earn it, was it given to them? Then I’d instruct them to hand that dollar to the black person sitting nearest to them. (Yes, Big Gasp).

There is one time I did this that I will never forget. One young white woman sitting in the audience was holding her dollar tightly. She looked up at me. I looked back, curious.
     “It’s hard,” she said.
     “I know,” I replied. My natural instinct was to comfort her. It’s never easy to give away money you feel attached to, and I had put her and her classmates quite unexpectedly, on the spot.
But that was all it took— a little acknowledgment.
She smiled and handed her dollar to a boy in the row behind her.

This young woman touched me so deeply. It made me realize that part of the process of true reparation, part of reconciliation, is a recognition- an honest and kind recognition of the courage it will take white Americans to pay reparations for a deeply painful part of our past that they would much rather bury. It takes a kind heart to honor the money in our system changing hands. It isn’t a popular belief I am sharing here- reparations is often talked about with animosity, entitlement (on both parties) and resentment.

But behind all of that is pain and a lot of it. In the true struggle to overcome racism we have to acknowledge that everyone suffers from racism. Everyone has been harmed. Everyone has pain. I believe that in understanding that pain we can heal. How could we possibly heal without that recognition?
Reparations in truth is a healing thing. I know this because I have seen a single dollar make a difference. True reparations payments will of course, be much larger (see above check). But I have seen one dollar, passed from a white hand to a black hand change relationships, bring hope where there was cynicism and infuse courage where before there had only been trepidation. It is powerful. The money we will one day pass from one hand to another is not just about monetary compensation. It is about acknowledging a shared wound, and trying to coax ourselves from a place of shame in our penchant to hurt one another, to a place of pride in our potential to honor one another and heal."


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Private pilot says border agent went too far

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The young pilot from Miami was trying to impress a woman with a lunch trip to Key West.
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Asians in the Library

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“Asians in the Library” (2011) is a YouTube video, a three-minute racist rant against Asians made by Alexandra Wallace (pictured), a White American student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It came right after a tsunami had killed 10,000 people in Japan. Three years later it is still the top suggested completion for “Asians” on Google.


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Suey Park

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She has been able to game Twitter – and White racism – to get her topics to trend, getting them into the public eye.




#NotYourAsianSidekick, like Karnythia’s #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, questioned how feminism has been hijacked by White women. It led to a discussion of issues facing Asian women which are generally silenced in public. Part of that meant criticism of Asian men.


Her model of racism is Andrea Smith’s Three Pillars of White Supremacy: the US is built on:

  1. slavery (anti-Black racism),
  2. genocide (anti-Native racism) and
  3. Orientalism (anti-Asian racism).

It sets people of colour in each pillar against each other for the greater good of Whites. She believes in making common cause with Black and Native Americans. 


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I love her passion. 


I think Tim Wise is great. I'm not sure how she got the idea that he is not genuine. 


@getgln


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Alison J. Garrow's curator insight, April 15, 2015 11:12 PM

Module Seven, 

 

In this post it talks about how anti-Asian racism is called orientalism. It also speaks of a girl who was picked on because of the corner of her eyes. she strove to be white and wanted to accomplish it.   She even suffered an eating disorder because of the want to "look white" she went for many surgeries to try and change her eye shape and tried coloring her hair different, but she could never accomplish the look of being "white". This can show how bad the world has come to, that a person of a different race does not feel accepted so they try everything to change their body and look a certain way because they think that it is the right way to look. when it most certainly not. It even discussed her father that went golfing one day with two white Americans and they were shooting the balls at his head but he remained strong and stood there and did not say a word. I find this to be very strong of him because I could only imagine how hard it must be to be picked on because of ones race in a public place. 

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New Hampshire official refuses to apologize for Obama racial slur

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WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — A police commissioner in a predominantly white New Hampshire town says he won't apologize for calling President Barack Obama the N-word...
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Repost from The New Yorker, "The Origins of 'Privilege'"

Repost from The New Yorker, "The Origins of 'Privilege'" | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"I asked myself, On a daily basis, what do I have that I didn’t earn?" -Peggy McIntosh 


"If you’re going to do work for racial justice, you’re going to get attacked." -Peggy McIntosh 
 

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Kendrick Johnson’s Parents Sue School District

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"Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson have filed suit against a Georgia school district claiming it was negligent in protecting their son from harassment and bullying, which they allege led to his death. The lawsuit, filed in State Superior Court, also alleges that Lowndes County Board of Education violated Kendrick’s constitutional right to equal protection based on race.


Discoveries in this case have been numerous and shocking. The Sheriff’s Office ruled that Kendrick’s death was accidental.   They contend that Kendrick climbed into the center of the gym mat to reach for a shoe, got stuck, and (in lay man’s terms), died from inability to breathe while upside down.


Photographs of the scene provide that Kendrick’s shoes were on top of his feet, and not at the bottom of the gym mat."


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To Save Mom, Daughter Goes On Hunger Strike Outside The White House

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Cynthia Diaz is one of three immigration activists on a hunger strike outside the White House demanding the U.S. to release their family members from immigration detention
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Ten People Shot On Mother's Day In Memphis

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Police say three people were shot on Jefferson in one incident and seven others in another incident in North Memphis
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Boko Haram

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"Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad(2002- ), the People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad, is better known by its Hausa nickname, Boko Haram. “Haram” means forbidden, “Boko” means fake – or Western education. Boko Haram wants to overthrow the Nigerian government and set up Muslim rule."


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Professors Are Prejudiced, Too

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"Chinese students were the most discriminated-against group in our sample." 


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Senator Warren Joins with Colleagues to Introduce Legislation Giving Students a Fair Shot at an Affordable Education

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"Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers."


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High School Student’s Photo Scrubbed From Yearbook Because She Was Wearing A Tux

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Jessica Urbina violated a school rule that girls must wear dresses in their yearbook photos.

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Fighting Against the New Jim Crow

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"How mass incarceration affects communities of color."


"When inner-city schools lack funding for books, when the cutting of federal food stamp programs force single mothers to take on more low-wage jobs and less of their child’s education, when programs like stop-and-frisk disproportionately incarcerate Black men and remove them from the household, it’s time to move past the idea that this is an accident. There is a systemic and long-seated set of economic and social conditions entrapping low-income communities and Black communities in an endless pattern of criminalization, incarceration and poverty. There is a glass ceiling holding down Black and brown youth on the ladder of American opportunity."


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For more on this topic check Michelle Alexander's book 'The New Jim Crow'

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The most dangerous body of water in the U.S.

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The most dangerous body of water in the U.S. is a deep canal on the Mexican border with California where over 550 people, mostly immigrants, have drowned. Scott Pelley reports.

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It seems like it was designed to kill people. 


75% of these deaths could be prevented. Check the video at about 9:00 minutes.


This news story would be better if they dropped the word 'illegal'. 


This is the first I've heard about these death canals. 

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The deadliest trip in America? Desperate search after immigrants die in desert

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"Since 2001, more than 2,000 migrants have been found dead in the Arizona desert"


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U.S. Border Patrol's Response To Violence In Question

If an agent kills a Mexican across the border, what happens? Some argue not enough. It's hard to sue in these cases, and reports show the Border Patrol is rarely holding its own people accountable.
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How Charter Schools and Testing Regimes Have Helped Re-Segregate Our Schools

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"In Brown, Chief Justice Warren wrote: “To separate [children] from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.” Yes, and separating children by race or class or test scores into pseudo-private charter schools is affecting not only those students but our communities and our nation in the very ways we once tried to undo."


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"Diane Humetewa, Confirmed to Federal Bench, Makes History" | Indian Country Today | 05/15/14

"Diane Humetewa, Confirmed to Federal Bench, Makes History" | Indian Country Today | 05/15/14 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The Senate voted unanimously May 14 to confirm Diane Humetewa to become a judge for the U.S. District Court for Arizona.

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.....John Lundin: "The Senate voted unanimously May 14 to confirm Diane Humetewa to become a judge for the U.S. District Court for Arizona, making her the first Native American woman federal judge in U.S. history and the third Native American to ever hold such a position."

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Report slams child labor in U.S. tobacco fields

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(CNN) -- Children can't light up, but there are some who suffer the effects of nicotine exposure as they labor in U.S. tobacco fields.
 

There is not an exact figure for how many children work in America's tobacco fields, but Human Rights Watch interviewed nearly 150 for a new report on the dangers these workers face.
 

"I would barely eat anything because I wouldn't get hungry," one child worker, Elena G., 13, told the human rights group. "Sometimes I felt like I needed to throw up. ... I felt like I was going to faint. I would stop and just hold myself up with the tobacco plant."
 

Nearly 75% of the children interviewed reported similar symptoms -- nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, headaches, dizziness, irritation and difficulty breathing. These are symptoms of acute nicotine poisoning, Human Rights Watch said.
 

And nicotine is not the only danger.
 

Exposure to pesticides from adjacent fields and accidents with sharp tools are also common, the report said.
 

"Once they sprayed where we were working. We were cutting the flower and the spray was right next to us in the part of the fields we had just finished working in. I couldn't breathe," Jocelyn R., 17, told HRW. "I started sneezing a lot. The chemicals would come over to us."

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Colorado School District Vows To Improve After Anti-Latino Discrimination Accusation

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Authorities in a school district in Colorado said it vows to improve after it was accused of anti-Hispanic bias.


Between June 2008 and June 2012, "Hispanic students, teachers, and administrators experienced national origin harassment..."


Local authorities named Patricio "Pat" Sanchez to be the new superintendent.


Sanchez implemented numerous changes, including canceling the prohibition on the use of Spanish.


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Our Complicity With Excess - Vijay Iyer

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"And as we continue to consider, construct and develop our trajectories as Americans, I am also constantly mindful of what it means to be complicit with a system like this country, with all of its structural inequalities, its patterns of domination, and its ghastly histories of slavery and violence.

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For most of my adult life, probably just like you, I’ve been thinking about “us”—about questions of community, belonging, identity, and coalition;"

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And check Scot Nakagawa's article on Iyer.


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Jonathan Fleming on his wrongful conviction: 'I never gave up. I had faith'

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Fleming spent nearly 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The Guardian spent an afternoon with Fleming as he saw Times Square for the first time in a quarter century
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How much money are we (U.S. citizens) going to compensate all of these wrongfully convicted people?


How much is 25 years of your life worth? 


Why does the U.S. only give $93.00 to the formerly incarcerated once they are released from prison. 


People need more than $93.00 to run their life. They need first and last month's rent at a minimum. They need a job in order to keep their housing and feed themselves. 


Not everyone has friends and family to help them. And some of our friends and family can not help or refuse to help.  


@getgln


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