Coming Out of the Shadows

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“Undocumented…Unafraid!” The chant outside the Broadview Detention Center this morning demonstrated that the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) had joined the usual band of hardy souls from the Chicago Religious Leadership Network (CRLN), praying and singing for an end to senseless deportations.

Two young adults spoke of their personal journeys. Brought to the USA as children, they struggled when they learned that they were not considered citizens of the country they loved. Both risked their freedom–risked everything ~read more~

NACCS address, take two

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I attended the “Save Ethnic Studies” fundraiser at the 40th annual National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) conference because I believe that cultural diversity makes us stronger, and sharing *all* of our stories is one of the best ways to foster healthy diversity. I was happy to donate a few dollars to support the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program, in its battle against HB2281, which makes illegal all ethnic studies programs (which ~read more~

Lost in Detention

Children Of Undocumented Immigrants Rally In Washington To End Deportations

The controversial “Secure Communitites” immigration enforcement program is losing support from law enforcement, as it fails to deliver on its promises–and creates a backlash from the immigrant communities affected. Worse, PBS’ Frontline discovers evidence of physical and sexual abuse of detainees in ICE detention facilities.

“Last year, the Obama administration set new records for detaining and deporting immigrants who were inside the country illegally. The government plans to best those numbers in 2011, removing more than 400,000 ~read more~

The Help, You Say

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“The Help” is a heartwarming tale of one woman’s journey overcoming 1960′s southern sexism. Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (played by Emma Stone) convinces her mother and her town that finding a job can be as fulfilling as finding a man. Tate Taylor’s film–presumably like Kathryn Stockett‘s book, which I have not read–also includes a large sub-plot about black maids serving white families. That is where it gets into trouble: the movie pretends to be about racial justice, ~read more~

Rango funny, racist

Rango and "Wounded Bird"

“Rango” is a funny movie, but it has too many stereotypes for me to endorse wholeheartedly.  I agree with Roger Ebert, who called it an “animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical.”  Gore Verbinski’s film has visual quotes from many movies (“Star Wars,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” etc.), which were delightful for the adults in the crowd.

However, there are several troubling stereotypes.  Stephen Bridenstine notes, “Wounded Bird ~read more~

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