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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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Four hidden policy changes in Trump’s immigration memos

NNIRR - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:28pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Danny Vinik Story Publisher:  Politico

The headlines from President Donald Trump’s new immigration-enforcement memos are clear: in a sharp reversal of Obama-era policy, he wants to expand the number of undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation, hire thousands more immigration agents and restart a controversial program that automatically checked the immigration status of people in local jails.

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Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign position on Universal Primary Care bills

VWC - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:18pm

Since 2008, the Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign has been building a movement for a universal, publicly financed healthcare system in which all care in Vermont would be provided as a public good, like our schools and fire departments. We believe that universal healthcare is about more than just our health - it is also a prescription for economic transformation, budget and tax reform, and strengthening the public sector.

In order to achieve these goals, however, our healthcare system must be financed equitably through progressive taxes, in which people contribute what they can and get what they need. This commitment to fairness and equity in financing is enshrined as a core principle in Act 48, Vermont’s universal healthcare law.

Right now, the Vermont House and Senate are discussing bills, H.248 and S.53, that would establish a universal, publicly financed primary care system. These bills seek to establish a fund but do not specify how we would pay for the program, instead tasking the Joint Fiscal Office with producing three tax financing proposals by October, which would then be discussed and decided upon by the legislature.

The Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign believes that universal primary care could be an important step towards the goal of a universal healthcare system, insofar as it is financed fully and equitably through progressive taxes. We fear that failure to specify an equitable financing mechanism in these bills leaves the door open for a system that is only partially or regressively financed, which would be a setback for our communities.

Our movement to win healthcare as a human right cannot afford to compromise on equity. We will continue to track these bills as they move forward, and encourage our partners to ensure that universal primary care is a firm step forward in the right direction. In this context of growing attacks on workers, poor people, immigrants, and vulnerable people in our communities, the time calls for us to lead with a bold vision for social transformation - a world in which our fundamental human needs are guaranteed as human rights for all of us.

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Human Rights at International Borders

NNIRR - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:02pm
Subtitle:  Organizing globally for safe and humane borders Link Path:  http://www.nnirr.org/drupal/human-rights-at-international-borders Sort Order:  4
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DHS memos describe aggressive new immigration, border enforcement policies

NNIRR - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 12:13pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Tal Kopan Story Publisher:  CNN

(CNN) The Department of Homeland Security is set

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Your Call: Principles for humanitarian immigration policies

NNIRR - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 12:39pm
Story Type:  In the News Story Author:  Rose Aguilar & Laura Flynn Story Publisher:  KALW 91.7 FM in SF

(Feb. 15, 2017) We continue our weeklong immigration series by talking about what a fair and humane immigration policy would look like.

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President Trump weighs mobilizing National Guard for immigration roundups

NNIRR - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 1:05pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  The Associated Press

WASHINGTON --The Trump administration considered a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

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Job Announcement: Bilingual Worker Services Coordinator

Chinese Progressive Association - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:41am

Organizational Description: Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) is a grassroots membership-based organization that empowers the Chinese community in San Francisco and promotes justice and equality for all people. CPA’s campaigns and programs improve the living and working conditions of working class immigrants and give ordinary community members a stronger voice in the decision-making processes that affect them. Our core strategies are community education and organizing, leadership development and alliance building.

Position Overview
:  The Worker Services Coordinator supports and implements the ongoing community-based service programs for Chinese-speaking immigrant workers and tenants in San Francisco Bay Area. CPA provides a set of strategic services for the community as part of an empowerment and organizing program.  This position reports to the Organizing Director.



  • Coordinate and assist with reception duties to greet community members, assess their needs and direct them accordingly, and document the follow-up needed.
  • Coordinate and conduct individual or group meetings with low-wage workers experiencing workplace issues and manage cases, including documenting and filing legal claims
  • Coordinate and help implement community outreach and education activities related to workers and tenant rights, including planning and facilitating educational workshops, conducting street outreach, and developing outreach materials
  • Coordinate and conduct recruitment of community members to community programs, events and actions, including phone calls, in-person meetings and use of social media.
  • Provide individual case management services to grassroots members (such as assisting with housing and job applications, helping refer to and navigate needed services)
  • Translate written materials, accompany Chinese-speaking members to activities and events and provide interpretation
  • Organize community-building events and activities
  • Document work, organize and maintain records and files, and file regular reports
  • This position may also include spending time on organizational-wide (such as electoral campaigns) and fundraising tasks as determined by organizational priorities and your supervisor.



·    Bilingual and bi-literate in English and Cantonese required, trilingual in Mandarin preferred

·    Excellent communication, and “people” skills

·    Ability to connect with and work effectively with working-class Chinese immigrants

·    Excellent organizational skills

·    Good team player and problem-solver

·    Can work effectively independently and as part of a team

·    Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends   

·    Commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, bottom-up social change and building social movements preferred

·    Good computer skills including strong proficiency in Excel and Word.  InDesign, Photoshop and database experience a plus.

·    Knowledge of and/or Experience working with Chinese immigrant community preferred


Employment Terms:  Full-time, non-exempt.


Salary and Benefits: $40,000 - $45,000 per year with benefits.


How to Apply

Please submit applications by February 23, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as received.

Send resume and cover letter to:

Le Tim Ly

Email: apply@cpasf.org. Subject Line should refer to job title. PDFs preferred.


Chinese Progressive Association is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, immigrants, youth, LGBT and differently-abled people are encouraged to apply.

page files:  services_coordinator.pdf
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New World Border Video

NNIRR - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:46pm
Story Type:  Press Release Story Author:  Casey Peek, Jose Palafox Story Publisher:  Peek Media

As relevant today as it was in 2001 when it was produced, the New World Border video puts migration into perspective. It documents the rise in human rights abuses along the U.S.-Mexico border since the implementation of border blockades, which have been erected in populated areas throughout the border region over the past couple of decades.

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Congressman Sensenbrenner Introduces the BUILD WALL Act of 2017

NNIRR - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 1:47pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Sensenbrenner

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner introduced the Build Up Illegal Line Defenses With Assets Lawfully Lifted (BUILD WALL) Act of 2017 in the House of Representatives.

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Federal agents conduct sweeping immigration enforcement raids in at least 6 states

NNIRR - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:53pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Abigail Hauslohner, Lisa Rein, Sandhya Someshekhar The Washington Post Story Publisher:  Chicago Trubune

U.S. immigration authorities launched a series of raids, traffic stops and checkpoints in at least half a dozen states across the country on Thursday and Friday, sweeping up an unknown number of undocumented immigrants, immigration lawyers and advocates said.

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SWU is Hiring!!!

SWU - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 2:26pm
Southwest Worker's Union Labor Organizer Job Announcements
The Southwest Worker's Union is an organization of low-income workers and families, community residents, and youth, united in one organization struggle for workers rights, environmental justice and community empowerment. SWU empowers and organizes members through education, leadership development, and direct action. The aim is to build multi-generational grassroots power to create sustainable systemic change for social, economic, and environmental justice and to build the movement for dignity and justice.
We are seeking applicants for full time Labor Organizer. This position works in the public schools organizing cafeteria, custodial and bus drivers. Primarily assisting members through the grievances process while working towards better working conditions through a lens of dignity, respect and liberation. We believe that workers’ rights is closely related to the struggles for environmental justice and systemic change. This position will work closely with other staff members leading intersectional campaigns and will report to the Associate Director and the Executive Director.
SWU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, gender, sexual orientation or religion. People of color, women, and young people are encouraged to apply.

General Responsibilities:
  1. Ensure all activities are carried out with SWU’s mission statement and with the involvement of membership.
  2. Work with the membership and staff to develop and implement strategic plans for campaigns, programs, and organizational and leadership development.
  3. Involvement in overall SWU campaigns. (Youth, Environmental Justice and Climate Justice, Domestic Workers etc)
  4. Research and Development for Living Wage and Change Improvement campaign
a.     Create the program requirements for Labor membership leadership development b.     Communicate with worker members; determine needs and interest and grievancesc.     Communicate with organization; determine needs and interestd.     Research campaign requirements e.     Program information is available to all workersf.      Develop worker base in schoolsg.     Evaluate the effectiveness of campaigns and programs
Promote Living Wage and Change Improvementh.     Ensure that school districts are aware of campaigni.      Identify worker’s members to be leaders j.      Action Plan for getting information to workers
Plan and implement leadership and member meetingsk.     Record information and prepare reports on the labor organizing work; number of worker member, new leaders, new members and alliesl.      Provide monthly blups, quarterly reports and yearly reports and planning
REQUIREMENTS:Bilingual is preferable but not required.Ability to organize materials efficiently and present effectively to small and large gatherings.Willingness to participate in training programs to upgrade skills as may be required by this job description.Reliable transportation with liability insurance. Ability to travel out of state and throughout state to achieve specific goals.Ability to work flexible hours including evening and weekends.
  1. English literacy.
  2. Good communication skills.
  3. Good computer literacy and social media knowledge.
  4. Experience with facilitation and public speaking.
  5. Experience in working effectively or community organizing work.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:After a three-month trial period, the position will become full time. Compensation will be based on experience and eligibility for health and retirement plan will follow after trial period.   To Apply:Please answer the following questions in your cover letter:  - How familiar are you with Southwest Workers Union and our organizing work? (Share any relationship to the organization or current members or staff) - What is your experience with labor organizing? (explain any volunteering or jobs related to workers’ rights) - Share potential skills or contributions you will be able to bring to SWU (i.e. writing, art, design, computer skills and unique or special skills)

Send resume and cover letter to:Sandra GarciaEmail: sandralee@swunion.org or P.O. Box 830706 San Antonio, TX 78283
For more information call 210.299.2666.
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Immigration arrests in L.A. spark fear, outrage, but officials say they are routine

NNIRR - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:53pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Joel Rubin, Ruben Vives and Richard Winton Story Publisher:  Los Angeles Times

Arrests made by federal immigration officials in Southern California this week have heightened anxiety about a promised crackdown by President Trump on people in this country illegally.

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Trump travel ban hits major setback after judges uphold temporary restraining order

NNIRR - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:49pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Ben Jacobs Story Publisher:  The Guardian

Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban suffered a major setback on Thursday after a panel of three judges upheld an injunction against the president’s order banning arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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UE Officers Denounce Iowa Republican Attack on Collective Bargaining Rights

UE - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 8:24pm
08 February, 2017Members of UE Local 896/Committee to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) were among thousands of union members in the state capitol on Wednesday lobbying against the union-busting bill. (Photo by Tom Jacobs) Pittsburgh STATEMENT OF UE NATIONAL OFFICERS ON IOWA’S UNION-BUSTING BILL

Republicans in both houses of the Iowa state legislature introduced a bill aimed at destroying public sector unions and the rights of public employees in that state. The legislation is designed to render collective bargaining meaningless by making it illegal to negotiate most of the subjects now covered by contracts, and to cripple unions financially by eliminating the dues check-off process which union members voluntarily pay to support their union’s activities. UE’s national officers are committed to providing whatever resources are needed to help our Iowa members fight this bill and to preserve our fighting union if the bill is passed.

The bill, which Republicans seem determined to ram through in just a few days with almost no debate or public input, is meant to rob 184,000 Iowa public employees of basic labor rights. That includes more than 6,000 Iowa public workers represented by the UE in 17 bargaining units.

The pending bill (known as House Study Bill 84 and Senate File 213) attempts to gut the existing state collective bargaining law, Chapter 20 of the Iowa Code. Chapter 20 passed the legislature in 1974 with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Republican Governor Robert Ray. The purpose of the law, as it says in its introduction, is to promote harmonious and cooperative relationships between government and its employees. But the current governor, Terry Branstad, was one of only a handful of Republican members of the legislature who voted against Chapter 20, and he has remained hostile to public employees and their unions throughout his long political career. His dream of crushing organized labor was frustrated because, until the recent election, Republicans did not control both houses of the Iowa legislature. Now that they do, Branstad and his followers have launched a blitzkrieg attack on workers.

Branstad’s bill is the most extreme, outrageous attack on collective bargaining rights we have yet seen. It is worse than the 2011 attack on union’s in Wisconsin under Scott Walker and worse in many ways than public employee law in North Carolina and Virginia, where voluntary dues deductions and grievance procedures are permitted.

For all public employees except “public safety employees” (police and fire), the bill makes it illegal to negotiate healthcare, transfers, job evaluations, procedures for workforce reductions, subcontracting, or anything related to seniority. Unions will not be permitted to negotiate payroll deduction of union dues, even though Iowa has long been a “right-to-work” state and all employees who sign up to pay dues do so voluntarily. This provision is clearly designed to cut off unions’ operating revenue so that it is difficult for our locals to function. It will go into effect immediately upon passage. Incredibly, unions will not even be permitted to negotiate a grievance procedure to enforce the contract.

The only topic on which unions will retain bargaining rights is wages, and even then wage bargaining shall be largely meaningless. If the employer and union don’t reach agreement, the dispute will be resolved through binding arbitration (as occurs under current Iowa law.) But the new 

law will allow the arbitrator to grant a wage increase of no more than 3 percent or the percentage increase in the consumer price index, whichever is less.

Every union representing public employees will have to win a recertification vote one year before the expiration of each contract. The majority of employees in the bargaining unit most vote to retain the union (not just a majority of those voting – a standard that neither the governor nor a single member of the legislature could meet in their own elections). Furthermore, the union must pay the state in advance for the costs of conducting elections, which is yet another attack on union finances. Our members in Iowa are fighting back, and have besieged their legislators both in Des Moines and at events in their districts. In addition to providing our nine Iowa locals all resources necessary to conduct the fight against this bill, we and our Iowa leadership are evaluating every option on how to continue the struggle for workers’ rights under what may become much more difficult circumstances. Our Iowa members deserve and will receive the support of the entire UE. 


Peter Knowlton 

General President


Andrew Dinkelaker 

General Secretary-Treasurer


Eugene Elk 

Director of Organization 


UE Officers Statement on Iowa.pdf
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Take Action - Sign the petition to END the detention of families and asylum seekers

NNIRR - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 7:44pm
Story Type:  Blog Story Publisher:  NNIRR

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is proud to join forces with U.S. human rights partners to urge an end to the detention of families and asylum seekers.

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End the Detention of Families and Asylum Seekers

NNIRR - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:47pm
Subtitle:  Sign the petition now! Link Path:  http://petitions.signforgood.com/EndFamilyDetention?code=NNIRR Sort Order:  1
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Sign the petition to End the Detention of Families and Asylum Seekers

NNIRR - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:36pm

Take action now! Sign the petition to End the Detention of Families and Asylum Seekers!

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is proud to join forces with U.S. human rights partners to urge an end to the detention of families and asylum seekers. Join us in bringing a message to President Trump and Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly!

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Building Power

VWC - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:54pm

Over the past two weeks, unprecedented numbers of people, VWC members and leaders among them, have come together to oppose the administration’s anti-human-rights agenda.

VWC leaders and members have also been doing the organizing work that will build power for our communities for the long haul.

Last weekend, members of the Chittenden County Organizing Committee held a Health Screening Clinic at the Essex Eats Out community dinner in Essex Center. We had some deep conversations with our neighbors about their hopes and fears about healthcare, and nurses volunteered their time to provide health screenings. A couple of the people we met came to the next OC meeting and joined the Workers’ Center!

If you couldn't make the clinic/dinner but want to share your story about medical debt or too-expensive healthcare, please contact us.

On Thursday, VWC members joined Licensed Nurses Aids, Unit Secretaries, Mental Health Techs, and other medical professionals from the UVM Medical Center to deliver hundreds of petition signatures calling on UVMMC to recognize their union. Supporting workers who are building permanent organization in their workplaces has always been central to the VWC’s mission.

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Workplace organization will be especially crucial in the coming years, as the administrations in DC and Montpelier will almost certainly try to weaken or remove the few legal protections we have in the workplace. This week, the VWC also joined Vermont’s unions in opposing the Scott administration’s proposal to subordinate the Labor Department under the Commerce Department.

VWC Organizing Committees are getting active throughout the state. Please contact us to get involved.

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Amnesty International USA, Coalition Partners Launch Campaign to Fight the Assault on Immigrant, Refugee Rights

NNIRR - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 8:08pm
Story Type:  In the News Story Publisher:  Amnesty International USA

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to President Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration and refugees, a coalition of leading human rights, civil rights, legal, and faith-based groups launched a joint initiative today

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