Posts Tagged as ‘immigration reform’

b-the-change: Tune into the Colbert Report tonight in support of Jose Antonio Vargas’ petition to “Define American”

When the New York Times published Jose Antonio Vargas’s piece “My Life As an Undocumented Immigrant” it shed  light on a huge issue.  He decided to quit his job as a journalist, and took the risk of coming clean about his immigration status in his hope to launch “Define American” a campaign he hopes will strike up a [...]

July 14, 2011 by Maya | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: Facebook game America 2049 asks, do we want a future where our religious faith makes us a target?

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 also proved to be an unfortunate turning point in America’s socio-cultural dynamics. For a nation that’s built upon the principles of separating church and state, America’s multi-religious identity came to the forefront as specific groups, especially Muslims or Hindus and Sikhs (who were presumed to be Muslims), became [...]

May 31, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

culture shockers: “With Osama Bin Laden dead, can we have our rights back?” – How the effects of 9/11 could lead to America 2049

On Sunday, May 1, President Obama announced the death of Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the notorious terrorist who spearheaded the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. While the predominant reaction from around the world has been one of relief and joy, bin Laden’s death reminds us of just how big an impact the 9/11 [...]

May 3, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: Re-enactment of Chinese immigrant exclusion and recent quelling of protests show a future without diversity and freedom

“The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with.” – Eleanor Holmes Norton, civil rights activist and Democrat Delegate to Congress representing the District of Columbia. The freedom to disagree forms the bedrock of a thriving democratic society. Today, as we [...]

April 26, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: Tax day, Passover week: labor, migration & justice, now…and in 2049

On this year’s Tax Day that has just passed, several organizations including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), MoveOn, Daily Kos and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) joined forces for ‘Tax Day: Make Them Pay.’ The groups organized peaceful protests around the country outside the offices of big corporations and [...]

April 18, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

because we found it: Mainstream media take note, “The Good Wife” breaks stereotypes

CBS has been in the news as of late about the troubled Charlie Sheen.  While fascinating, we’re more excited when mainstream media is used to shed light on important issues our country is facing today. But when CBS announced that ‘Ugly Betty’ star and Emmy and Golden Globe winner America Ferrera had temporarily joined the [...]

April 1, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

b-the change: This just in from the Irish gov’t – NYC, make St. Patrick’s Day inclusive

On this, the 250th St. Patrick’s Day in the United States, we look at the symbolism of the holiday and its tremendous significance in current debates around immigration and civil rights in America. While the inclusiveness of the parade has come a long way since it first started, this year the New York City parade [...]

March 17, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

guide to: A horrible term in the headlines – “anchor baby”

From our Restore Fairness blog. The 14th amendment, established in 1868 as a major gain from the Civil War, united a nation that was once half-slave and half-free. Today, some Republicans wish to revisit the debate of 1868 and revoke its notion of birthright citizenship in order to help prevent undocumented immigration. Instead of focusing [...]

August 20, 2010 by Priya | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shocker: Write a letter to Obama and face deportation?

We covered the story about Eric Balderas, a promising Harvard sophomore on scholarship, facing deportation to Mexico, a land he called his own for only the first 4 years of his life.  The harsh immigration system continues to crack down on innocent people, like Hervé Fonkou Takoulo (at right) who hold the promise of America’s future, and [...]

June 23, 2010 by Priya | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

because we found it: First Lady Michelle Obama answers a child’s question on immigration

First Lady Michelle Obama is confronted by a second grader about the likelihood of her mother’s deportation because of the United States’ unfair immigration laws.

May 20, 2010 by Annie | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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