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FILM: Local Organizations Team up to Show "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience"

East Michigan Environmental Action Council - Mon, 08/19/2030 - 8:02pm
What: Film screening of "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience" with Question and Answer session to follow afterwards

When: September 6th, 2013

Time: 8PM

Where: Cass Corridor Commons
             4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201

East Michigan Environmental Action Council, 5E, Heru, and the American Indian Health and Family Services invite you to the film screening of, Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience, on September 6th, 2013. The showing will take place in the D. Blair Theater of The Cass Corridor Commons.

Focusing on the lives and experiences of the Native/Indigenous community in the Midwest, Our Fires Still Burn is a one hour documentary that works to dispel the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the United States. The narrative that Native and Indigenous peoples no longer exist in the US has been perpetrated in many forms since the beginning of colonization in the US, with perhaps the most famous example being the book (and movie), The Last of the Mohicans. The narrative usually argues something along the lines that because Native peoples are now dead (or are actively dying), we need non-Native peoples to "save and recover" (read; loot) Native artifacts (very often including actual bones of human beings). Another strand of the narrative argues that names like Washington Red Skins are actually compliments that honor long dead tribes rather than the offensive insults that Native/Indigenous peoples say they are.

Our Fires Still Burns argues that the narrative that Native/Indigenous peoples are dead is harmful in that it invisibilizes and makes unnecessary the voices of the very much alive Native/Indigenous community. But as Our Fire Still Burns shows, Native and Indigenous peoples continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.

The film viewing of Our Fires Still Burn will appeal to native and non-Native alike, and will be followed by a question and answer session featuring many of the people appearing in the film, as well as film director Audrey Geyer.  Ms. Geyer is an independent video producer and director whose programs have been broadcasted locally and nationally on PBS. She is the founder and current executive director of Visions, an independent video production company local in Metro Detroit. Visions work focuses on creating documentaries that tell the stories of communities that are underrepresented in mainstream media.

As East Michigan Environmental Action Council co-director, Diana Copeland says, the most important thing to do right now in light of various attacks on marginalized communities in Detroit is to build community responses to those attacks, "Conversations that happen where we can begin to get to know each other are essential and will only make our communities stronger."
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Why Some Immigration Activists Want To Stop Meeting With Obama

NNIRR - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 6:14pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Sam Levine Story Publisher:  The Huffington Post

A coalition of immigration activists formed a picket line outside of the White House Monday to call for advocacy groups to stop meeting with President Barack Obama until undocumented immigrants are included in discussions on further immigration action.

As tourists stared, the protesters, some of whom said they are undocumented, marched in a circle just steps from the north entrance to the White House. They chanted "no more meetings about us, without us," and carried homemade signs with the faces of undocumented immigrants that read "I am my own best advocate."

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Photos Show Border Militias Moving Across Texas

NNIRR - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 6:04pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Kolten Parker Story Publisher:  My San Antonio

Militia groups along the Texas-Mexico border have grown to more than 10 active "teams" from El Paso to the Rio Grande Valley, despite warnings from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and state lawmakers.

More than 30 photos obtained by the San Antonio Express-News show dozens of members carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear, providing a first glimpse of the militias.

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U.S. Immigration System No Good for Children, Lawyers Say

NNIRR - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:46pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Anna Giles Story Publisher:  KVIA

Most of the thousands of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border have no chance of winning legal status in the U.S. if the government does not provide them with lawyers, immigration experts say.

These children arriving at the border and many of the guardians they are being released to have poor knowledge of the U.S. immigration system, Andrea Rodriguez, legal director of the Central American Resource Center(CARECEN), said.

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The Crisis in Gaza: Statement of the UE General Officers

UE - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:10pm
29 July, 2014

Delegates to UE’s 73rd National Convention in August 2013 reaffirmed UE’s longstanding concern about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, and reiterated our union’s view that the U.S. government policy in this conflict has made matters worse. On the basis of our union’s principles and policies, we urgently call for an end to the bloodbath that is now occurring in Gaza.

In the resolution “For Peace, Jobs and a Pro-Worker Foreign Policy,” last year’s UE convention said in part:

“U.S. policy is outrageously one-sided towards Israel, perpetuates injustice and conflict, and risks further war in the Middle East. The $3 billion in annual U.S. aid to Israel (by far the richest country receiving U.S. aid) far exceeds aid given to any other country. U.S. policy allows the continued Israeli occupation of Palestine, including the construction of illegal settlements, an apartheid wall through the West Bank, and the continued military blockade of Gaza.”

The resolution went on to call for “An end to all U.S. military aid to Israel; An end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine; An end to the blockade of Gaza; The cessation of building, and the removal of all Israeli settlements from Palestinian territory; The recognition of Palestine as a state with the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

As we write these words, more than 1,100 Palestinians have died in the current siege of Gaza. The UN estimates that more than 70 percent of those were civilians, and more than 200 children. Deaths of Israeli soldiers have been 53, and three Israeli civilians have died. There is overwhelming evidence that Israel has bombed hospitals, schools, ambulances and targeted civilians, including journalists. Such tactics constitute war crimes. Yet when the UN Human Rights Council voted on July 23 to launch an international inquiry into war crimes that may have been committed during Israel's latest military offensive in Gaza, the U.S. government cast the only “no” vote, opposing even an investigation of human rights violations. Such a policy of covering up for Israel is a disgrace and embarrassment to the people of our country.

We support an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, including withdrawal of all Israeli troops and lifting of the economic blockade of Gaza. We also demand a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Our government must cease to be an apologist and enabler for Israel, and instead work in good faith for a just resolution of this 66-year old conflict.

Bruce J. Klipple, General President

Andrew C. Dinkelaker, General Secretary-Treasurer

Robert B. Kingsley, Director of Organization

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Politics Obama Mulls Large-Scale Move on Immigration

NNIRR - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:00pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Erica Werner Story Publisher:  ABC News

Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration.

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At The Border, Migrant Crisis Tests Whether Politicians Can Translate Compassion Into Action

NNIRR - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:09pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Esther Yu-Hsi Lee Story Publisher:  ThinkProgress

Outside a sterile City Hall fringed by the town’s historical artifacts, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling walks at a brisk pace with his communications director leading five paces ahead of him. His face is marked with worry as it had been for just about every day for the past two months, if not longer. Darling had just come out from a roundtable discussion with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and border town mayors, and he looked concerned.

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Borderland Deaths of Migrants Quietly Reach Crisis Numbers

NNIRR - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 3:00am
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Bethania Palma Markus Story Publisher:  Truthout

The sun-bleached bones of a human skeleton lay in disarray: the skull rolled on its crown, an S-curved spinal column about two feet away. Leg bones were in a haphazard pile. There were personal items too - a wallet, pair of walking shoes and a dirt-caked T-shirt.

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U.S. is Locking up Pregnant Moms Despite Policy Against it

NNIRR - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 8:00pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Cristina Constantini Story Publisher:  Fusion

Fusion has learned that at least 559 pregnant women were detained in just six Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities since 2012, despite a policy prohibiting such detentions except for in cases of "extraordinary circumstances."

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Update: Border Crisis, Criminalization, Uniting Haitian Families

NNIRR - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 6:09pm
Story Type:  Blog Story Author:  NNIRR

Both Administrative and congressional action on the "border crisis" is looming, with Congress headed for its month-long summer break at the end of next week. Obama is meeting today with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and he will reportedly urge them to step up their "public relations campaign" to deter people from leaving their homelands -- not exactly the policy response we think the U.S.

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Why the Border Crisis Is a Myth

NNIRR - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:30pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Veronica Escobar Story Publisher:  The New York Times

TO hear the national news media tell the story, you would think my city, El Paso, and others along the Texas-Mexico border were being overrun by children — tens of thousands of them, some with their mothers, arriving from Central America in recent months, exploiting an immigration loophole to avoid deportation and putting a fatal strain on border state resources.

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White House Pursuing Plan to Expand Immigrant Rights

NNIRR - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:00pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Christi Parsons and Brian Bennett Story Publisher:  Los Angeles Times

Even as President Obama grapples with the crisis of immigrant children arriving at the Southwest border, White House officials are laying the groundwork for a large-scale expansion of immigrant rights that would come by executive action within weeks.

Officials signaled strongly Friday that Obama's move would shield from deportation large numbers of immigrants living in the country illegally, as advocacy groups have demanded.

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U.S. Weighs Giving Refugee Status to Youths in Honduras

NNIRR - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:20pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Frances Robles and Michael Shear Story Publisher:  The New York Times

Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.

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5 Immigration Issues Central American Leaders Will Raise with Obama

NNIRR - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:28pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Rebecca Kaplan Story Publisher:  CBS News

President Obama will sit down Friday with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala - the three countries that have been the greatest source of children illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

In addition to their meeting with Mr. Obama, the leaders are visiting Capitol Hill and are taking part in a panel discussion - and they're armed with a laundry list of issues to discuss with U.S. leaders.

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Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol

NNIRR - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:53pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  John Burnett Story Publisher:  NPR

Some of the immigrant children crossing the border say they are being subjected to abusive and inhumane treatment in U.S. Border Patrol stations in South Texas. This includes frigid holding rooms, sleep deprivation, verbal and psychological abuse, inadequate food and water, denial of medical care, and worse.

Dozens of children have come forward to make complaints against Customs and Border Protection officers. The agency responds that any complaints are the result not of mistreatment, but of its stations being overwhelmed by the surge of minors.

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Portland Welcomes Migrant Youth

Portland Welcomes Migrant Youth

In the coming weeks, at least 90 unaccompanied migrant youth will be transferred from the border to shelters in Portland. Hundreds more youth will be transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington state. Nearly 39,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended at the US-Mexico border in 2013, and 74,000 are projected to arrive in 2014. The majority of these unaccompanied migrant youth come from Central America.

We realize that there are many complicated reasons why children leave their families and homes to brave a dangerous journey across the border. We further understand that our government’s policies and actions are central to the reasons for these children’s journey. Their struggle to have stable lives is similar to the struggle of many of us currently living in the Pacific Northwest. For these reasons, we will not treat these children as outsiders, alien, or the enemy, but as fellow humans trying to make a meaningful life.

Documented and undocumented people across the Pacific Northwest are organizing to welcome these children into our communities. Tuesday, over 100 Portlanders stood on corners in downtown Portland with signs in support of the children. On Wednesday, July 23rd more Portlanders will meet to talk about the ‘border surge’, how it relates to Portland, the root causes of displacement, and how to take action to welcome migrants to our community. The presentation and meeting, “From the Border to Portland: Standing with Migrant Youth and their Families” will be at 7 pm at the AFL-CIO hall (3645 SE 32nd Ave). These actions are, in part, a response to how both the right and the Obama Administration have dealt with the issue.

Anti-immigrant groups such as Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR), and extremists such as The American Freedom Party have held small rallies and actions to demand the United States remain a majority white nation. The American Freedom Party held banners that read “diversity = white genocide” at a protest outside of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in Portland. While these mobilizations have been small and isolated here in Oregon, they show how the national anti-immigrant movement and right wing extremists are using the border surge to push a xenophobic and white nationalist agenda.The Obama administration has dramatically increased deportations. They have refused to respond to the challenges faced by the over 12 million undocumented people who have made the United States their home. Many migrants across the country have become tired of waiting for an administration who appears to grow more blind and deaf each day to injustice.

For over a year, undocumented people and their allies have been taking action to address the border crises and mass deportations. One example is Bring Them Home, in which 150 undocumented mothers, fathers, children, students and LGBTQ people crossed into the United States from Mexico seeking to return home to their families and communities in the US. Additionally, people in several parts of the country blockaded buses from leaving immigration detention centers under the banner “Not One More”. One such action in Tacoma, Washington inspired the Tacoma Detention Center Hunger Strike. The unspoken context of these actions and of migration from the Americas is the long history of US intervention in the region.

For over a century, the United States has considered intervention in the affairs of Central America to be its right and its duty. The US government, using our tax dollars, has supported coups against democratically elected governments and the destruction of people’s movements for self-determination. The result has been dictatorships and politically repressive regimes that massacre indigenous people and squash political dissent.  In addition, the US continues to fund and encourage military solutions to social problems such as the drug trade. These US fueled conflicts have pushed thousands of people to flee their homes as refugees.

Furthermore, Free Trade Agreements implemented in the 1990s decimated local economies throughout Central America. Many people experienced a rapid fall into poverty as hard won economic supports disappeared. The lack of economic opportunity and on going state violence continue to drive massive migration of people from this region.

We will continue to stand with the children arriving in the coming weeks. They are fighting the same fight as many of us here. Like us, they have to find work to feed their family, to keep a roof over their head, and to spend time with the people they love. They, too, constantly live in fear of violence. We all want a full life with meaning and not a life that is filled with an endless struggle just to make ends meet. We share similarities in our struggles. We also recognize the importance of not invisibilizing the differences. Identifying both the similarities and differences make our struggles stronger.

Rather than fighting against those coming across the border, we should be fighting alongside them. Fighting to stop the incarceration of all our children. Fighting for communities that welcome all people. Fighting for our right to live, love, and work where we please.


PCASC Immigrants’ Rights Committee

Statement endorsed by – Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, American Friends Service Committee, Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, Hella 503 Collective, Bring Them Home NW, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Jobs with Justice, and Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project

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Rich Countries, Barred Doors: Why Aren't the U.S. and Europe More Welcoming?

NNIRR - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:33pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Bill Frelick Story Publisher:  Los Angeles Times

Something similar is happening at the U.S.-Mexico border and on the Mediterranean. In both places, lifesaving and rights-respecting policies are being blamed for a surge in migrants and asylum seekers.

Italy started a rescue-at-sea operation called Mare Nostrum in response to the drowning of 360 boat migrants in October. In the first six months of this year, 65,000 boat migrants arrived in Italy, an eightfold increase over the same period in 2013.

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Granger Releases Border Crisis Working Group Recommendations

NNIRR - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:00am
Story Type:  Press Release Story Author:  Office of Congresswomen Kay Granger

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Working Group to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, issued the following statement announcing the group’s recommendations and solutions.

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Plan for Young Migrants at Impasse in Congress

NNIRR - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:05pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Ashley Parker and Jeremy W. Peters Story Publisher:  The New York Times

Lawmakers are deadlocked on a plan to deal with the surge in migrant children who are filling detention centers along the Mexican border, with both Democrats and Republicans saying Tuesday that it was increasingly unlikely they could reach an accord before Congress leaves town for a five-week recess at the end of the month.

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Forgotten Refugees: Mexico’s Displacement Crisis

NNIRR - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:00pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Kent Patersen Story Publisher:  CIP Americas Program

In recent weeks, the world spotlight has fallen on the drama of Central American refugees crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Yet little attention has been accorded to the ongoing, forcible population movements within Mexico caused by similar outbreaks of criminal and state violence that are propelling Central Americans north.

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