When: September 6th, 2013
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."
CAAAV is proud to receive an award to join the Community Land Trust (CLT) Learning Exchange that will provide technical assistance towards forming a Community Land Trust in Chinatown.
To ensure low-income Asian immigrant communities have homes, we need to support housing development models that emphasize community control, not unchecked private housing development that prioritize profits over people.
“A CLT is a not-for-profit organization formed to own land and to maintain control and oversight of houses or rental buildings located on the land. The CLT sells the buildings to qualified buyers but retains ownership of the land to preserve the long term affordability of its housing resources.”
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Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign condemns proposed rate hikes, calls for Act 48
Montpelier - Today over thirty people attended a public forum held by the Green Mountain Care Board to oppose proposed health insurance rate hikes.
The board is reviewing a proposal from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont to raise next year’s Vermont Health Connect rates by an average of 12.7%, a move that campaigners say could prevent thousands of people from accessing the care they need to stay healthy. This year’s rate proposal is the highest since the GMCB was created.
“2017 was supposed to be the year that Vermont’s first-in-the-nation universal healthcare plan came into effect,” said Vermont Workers’ Center president Ellen Schwartz. “Instead, we’re still battling with the health insurance industry over rates that will reduce people’s ability to access healthcare, increase medical debt, and worsen the health and economic well-being of our communities.”
The Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign is calling on legislators and Governor Scott to finish the work of designing and implementing Green Mountain Care, the healthcare system laid out in Vermont’s landmark 2011 healthcare law, Act 48. 
“Vermont’s elected officials have a moral obligation to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable in our state by implementing Act 48, and protecting our communities from Washington’s attacks on our healthcare,” said Genevieve Mertens, a nurse and union member at UVM Medical Center.
The Green Mountain Care Board is holding a second public hearing on health insurance rates on Thursday, July 27th, from 5pm - 7pm, and collecting public comments until July 26th.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Act 48 states that, “The purpose of Green Mountain Care is to provide, as a public good, comprehensive, affordable, high-quality, publicly financed health care coverage for all Vermont residents in a seamless and equitable manner regardless of income, assets, health status, or availability of other health coverage.” Link: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/Acts/ACT048.pdf
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Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced(1) a bipartisan bill called the Dream Act of 2017.
Supreme Court allows Trump travel ban enforcement, but says it must allow broader exemptions for relatives
The Supreme Court on Wednesday once again compromised on President Trump’s travel ban, saying the government may enforce tightened restrictions on refugees for now but also must allow into the country more travelers from six mostly Muslim countries who have family members already here.
The Texas jail where Sandra Bland was found dead in her cell two years ago has quietly been enlisted by federal authorities in recent months to help target undocumented immigrants for deportatio
The federal government will send $2.3 million to the Texas National Guard this year as part of a four-state border security preparedness program, Lt. Col. Travis Walters said Monday.
Increasing border detentions and a ballooning American watchlisting system are two major drivers of government abuse. A lawsuit the ACLU filed last week challenges both.
Trump’s “Muslim ban” is a frontal assault on many universal human rights principles.
The House of Representatives unveiled their Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week, which allocates $1.6 billion to begin construction of a border wall along the entire
The Trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States, appealing a federal judge's order directly to the Supreme Court.
When families are brought into the court-room at Varick Street Immigration Court, they see their loved ones seated side-by-side on a bench with other detainees, clad in orange jumpsuits, hands shackled.
There has been a flurry of Trump administration activity around Central America recently. Most prominently, several cabinet members and Vice President Pence traveled to Miami last month for the administration’s “Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America” that the United States cohosted with Mexico.
Thomas Blank, a former lobbyist and Republican official, was recently appointed to serve as the chief of staff to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with investigating and enforcing immigration-related matters for the Department of Homeland Security.
In its article on the new Trump initiative to arrest parents suspected of having arranged to bring their children to the United States with the help of smugglers, The New York Times reported on José, a man from El Salvador.
Donald Trump and his aides are quietly working with two conservative senators to dramatically scale back legal immigration — a move that would mark a fulfillment of one of the president's biggest campaign promises.
After Meeting With DHS Secretary, Rep. Gutiérrez Tells DACA and TPS Recipients to ‘Prepare for the Worst’
The following is a Wednesday afternoon release from the office of Rep.
Nonprofit Organizations, Government Officials and Academics Unite to Bring Public Awareness of a Possible Trump Executive Order
For Immediate Release: June 29, 2017
Media Contact: Lina Park, LPark@ahschc.org, 510-986-6843
Nonprofit Organizations, Government Officials and Academics Unite to Bring Public Awareness of a Possible Trump Executive Order
Executive Order on Public Benefits to Threaten Access to Services and Deportation for Immigrants
OAKLAND, Calif. – In an effort to stop a potential Trump Executive Order that would impact lives of immigrants who are admitted to the United States legally, 38 nonprofit organizations, government officials and academics serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are uniting to increase public awareness of an ominous executive order, leaked earlier this year and foreshadowed in public statements again just last week, that threatens immigrants with deportation if they use federally funded public benefits, and indebts their sponsors with repaying such benefits.
The following organizations, government officials and academics stand behind the joint statement below:
A dangerous movement rumbling through the current administration threatens to strip immigrants’ access to healthcare, housing, food assistance, and other public programs funded by the federal government.
Contrary to the belief that immigrants are a net-deficit to this country, scholars have found that immigrants’ use of benefits is largely short term, and that the support promotes their longer term social integration, economic, and broader contributions to society. Yet, the idea that this country continues to “lawfully admit millions who arrive in the U.S. only to become reliant on federal taxpayer support,” otherwise known as becoming a “public charge,” has been promulgated by the current administration, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as evidenced in his treatise on Immigration in 2015. And now this draconian proposed law would threaten the health, safety, and well-being of families and communities by undermining our entire public health care and safety net system.
By design and by default, such legislation would create divisions within immigrant communities and pit immigrant and non-immigrants against each other.
Immigrants from Asia comprise the largest percentage of lawful permanent residents than any other global region (41% nationally and 54% in California); and thus, the proposed legislation would disproportionately impact the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population.
The chilling effects of the proposed executive order from earlier this year have already left imprints in the AAPI communities. We are documenting more and more reports of immigrants opting out of public programs and limiting their utilization of health care services. Furthermore, past experiences with wrongful public charge enforcement, including during Welfare Reform in 1996, have resulted in immigrants being unlawfully penalized and even deported.
As prominent organizations and leaders from health, labor, faith-based, legal, business, academic, and government sectors who serve AAPI communities, we stand united in calling for an end to the dangerous and inhumane policies that unfairly target immigrants rather than recognizing our collective essential contributions to this nation.
As the fastest growing racial group in the country, 21 million strong, and doubling in our voting power, we, immigrants and descendants of immigrants, are committed to mobilizing our communities to leverage our strength in size, resources, and electorate power to protect our American rights.
We know that the most vulnerable among us can and will one day be the most vital and caring productive citizens and leaders. We are united in our shared values of compassion, democracy, and equity.
Asian Health Services
Asian American Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
Asian Law Alliance
Asian Pacific Islander for Civic Empowerment
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Asian Prisoner Support Committee
Alameda Health Consortium
Alameda Labor Council
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organization
Buena Vista United Methodist Church
California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative
Chinese for Affirmative Action – San Francisco
Chinese Progressive Association – San Francisco
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
Filipino Advocates for Justice
Korean American Community Foundation – San Francisco
National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
North East Medical Services
Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance
PIVOT – Progressive Vietnamese American Organization
Southeast Asian Resource Action Center
Rob Bonta, California Assemblymember, District 18
Tony Thurmond, California Assemblymember, District 15
Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 5
Wilma Chan, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 3
Keith Camacho, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles*
Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles*
Lisa C. Ikemoto, Ph.D., University of California, Davis*
Jennifer Lee, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine*
Tung Nguyen, M.D., University of California, San Francisco*
Ninez Ponce, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles*
Karthick Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside*
Lok Siu, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley*
Lois Takahashi, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles*
David K. Yoo, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles*
Min Zhou, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles*
*For identification purposes only.
About Asian Health Services
Asian Health Services, founded in 1974, is a community health center that provides primary, dental and behavioral health services to underserved families of Oakland and Alameda County in English and 12 different Asian languages (Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Mien, Lao, Mongolian, Karen, Karenni, and Burmese). In addition to serving 27,000 patients a year, AHS advocates for the health of low-income families and children. As a nationally recognized community health center model, AHS stands at the forefront of quality and innovation. For more information, go to: www.asianhealthservices.orgLinks: Nonprofit Organizations, Government Officials and Academics Unite to Bring Public Awareness of a Possible Trump Executive Order
An Obama-era deportation relief program may soon face a legal challenge — and the Trump administration won’t commit to defending it, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Hispanic lawmakers at a closed-door meeting Wednesday on Capitol Hill.