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  • Beyond deportation

    Beyond deportation

    Fixing a broken immigration system by David Bacon The American Prospect When President Obama appointed Dollie Gee to the U.S. District Court in 2010, he undoubtedly didn’t expect her to mount a frontal challenge to his administration’s detention and deportation policies. But five years after her elevation as the first Chinese American woman on the

  • Protect female farmworkers

    Protect female farmworkers

    by José R. Padilla and David Bacon Oakland, Calif. – ACROSS the country, some 400,000 women, mostly immigrants, work in agriculture, toiling in fields, nurseries and packing plants. Such work is backbreaking and low paying. But for many of these women, it is also a nightmare of sexual violence. In a 2010 study from the

  • Mario Woods Coalition marches on Super Bowl City on opening day

    Mario Woods Coalition marches on Super Bowl City on opening day

    by Josh Wolf San Francisco’s long-standing culture of resistance continues to soldier on despite the rapidly changing demographics of the city. On Jan. 30, the opening day of Super Bowl City, a diverse contingent of Bay Area activists marched down Market Street surrounded by scores of police officers. Despite efforts by law enforcement to prevent

  • Real life ‘Castaway’ survivor sued for $1 million by family of a man they claim he ATE

    Real life ‘Castaway’ survivor sued for $1 million by family of a man they claim he ATE

    by Daniel Barker In a bizarre case reminiscent of both Gilligan’s Island and Silence of the Lambs, an El Salvadoran fisherman is being sued for $1 million for alleged cannibalism. Salvador Alvarenga, 36, made international headlines in January last year when he washed ashore on the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean, after spending more

  • Obama program that hurt homeowners and helped big banks is ending

    Obama program that hurt homeowners and helped big banks is ending

    by David Dayen The Intercept When President Obama announced the Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, on February 18, 2009, in Mesa, Arizona, he promised it would assist 3 to 4 million homeowners to modify their loans to avoid foreclosure. Almost seven years later, less than 1 million have received ongoing assistance; nearly one in three re-defaulted

  • Undocumented youth arrived when children

    Undocumented youth arrived when children

    by David Bacon Whose fault is it? Using the phrase “no fault of their own” in discussing undocumented young people does not encourage us to look at the roots of the poverty and violence their families experience.  Blaming undocumented youths’ parents avoids assigning responsibility for their displacement and migration beyond the families themselves. When President

  • Enough of aid – let’s talk about reparations

    Enough of aid – let’s talk about reparations

    Debate around reparations is threatening because it upends the usual narrative of development. The impact of colonialism cannot be ignored by Jason Hickel Colonialism is one of those things you’re not supposed to discuss in polite company – at least not north of the Mediterranean. Most people feel uncomfortable about it, and would rather pretend

  • The maquiladora workers of Juárez find their voice

    The maquiladora workers of Juárez find their voice

    by David Bacon CIUDAD JUÁREZ, CHIHUAHUA — After more than a decade of silence, maquiladora workers in Ciudad Juárez have found their voice. The city, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, is now the center of a growing rebellion of laborers in the border factories. At the gates to four plants, including

  • “Right now we need to hear the voice of the families”

    “Right now we need to hear the voice of the families”

    NOTA DEL EDITOR: Elections in November of 2015 for mayor of San Francisco and the ‘Proposition I’ were the hottest issues, according to leading human rights and residents of the Mission District of San Francisco, since winning the Latino candidate Francisco Herrera and approving the ‘proposition I, it would have been the hope of the