Phoenix AZ: Thursday July 16
In middle school, Jhovani Becerra witnessed his classmates get suspended for small infractions like mouthing off to teachers or violating the school dress code. The student from Denver, Colorado, thought such a system was perfectly normal.
It wasn't until high school that Becerra, 18, who came to the U.S. from Mexico as a young child, realized it wasn't. In his new school the administration offered emotional support to struggling students instead of a zero-tolerance policy that demanded blanket punishments for even minor infractions.
"Going to middle school, I thought that was the norm at all schools," Becerra, who recently graduated, told The Huffington Post. Teachers "only looked at the behavior and the consequences, not what's causing the behavior," he said. "I don’t want [my children] to grow up with schools like that."
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July 15, 2015
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in Solidarity with the National Black Theatre of Harlem
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement stands in full solidarity with the National Black Theatre of Harlem (NBT). We support their self-determination to use their historic space to bring Black people together rather than promote division and disunity among us. This is a critical tradition to uphold, especially in this historical moment when ALL Black lives are under attack through state violence and extrajudicial vigilantes. We must challenge the counterproductive view of narrow nationalism that excludes our LGBTQGNC community members from the Black family and the Black nation more broadly.
We know that in order to achieve full Black liberation, we must love, support, defend, and promote the well-being and human rights of ALL Black people, including our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Gender Nonconforming community members. We recognize the historic contributions Black LGBTQGNC people have made and continue to make to the liberation of our nation. As family is the unit of struggle, we honor, respect and welcome all formations of Black families that continue to build our movement and communities. As an oppressed nation, we must not allow patriarchy and heterosexism which is rooted in white supremacy to prevail and weaken our movement. We must not lose energy and effort, and make sacrifices combatting shadows. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is committed to dismantling patriarchy, heterosexism and all oppressions in dutiful service of our liberation.
We demand justice as does Paul Castaway’s family. Police killed him in the street, claiming he charged them with
a knife. Paul’s family says video tapes prove otherwise because Paul had a knife to his own neck the entire time. Why do the police kill an indigenous man with a knife to his own neck, when James Holmes, who is white, was brought in alive after killing 12 people and injuring 70 more in an Aurora movie theater? Racism in our police departments kill people of color - we stand with Paul’s family to demand justice! They can call him a criminal, bring up his prior offenses, they demonized Jesse Hernandez in the same way. The police blame the dead victim instead of addressing their deadly effects of racism. The first response to a person of color with a mental illness shouldn’t be to shoot them, it should be to get them help. If they can do it for white men, for James Holmes, for Dylan Roof, why couldn’t they do it for Paul Castaway? His dying words, we have to ask again, “What’s wrong with you guys?” (Photo source: @YourAnonNews)Campaign: Padres & Jóvenes Unidos
Initial goals for border drones were “unattainable”, the senior aviation official for Homeland Security told a congressional committee on Tuesday. Responding to ongoing pressure from auditors, DHS acknowledged that it must provide hard evidence that drones are the most efficient tool for border security.
Each speaker reiterated an undisputed fact: The fatal shooting of 32-year-old Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Embarcadero is a tragedy.
In recent weeks, there has been an upsurge in controversy over crime committed by immigrants, sparked by a recent murder in San Francisco, and by presidential candidate Donald Trump’s exploitation of the issue.
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A youth rights group is pushing Denver Public Schools to automatically purge high school discipline records that may hurt a student’s chances of getting into college. - See more at: http://www.cpr.org/news/newsbeat/purge-high-school-discipline-records-gr...Campaigns: Padres & Jóvenes UnidosEnd the School to Jail TrackDenver Local Campaign
The Obama administration faces an uphill battle on Friday when it seeks to convince a panel of federal judges to let the president’s executive actions on immigration take effect.
The same two Republican-appointed judges who denied an earlier administration attempt to lift a hold on Obama’s immigration actions will hear arguments at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Eighteen politicians have already announced their intentions to become President of the United States. Over the next seventeen months, as the candidates pave their roads to the White House, we can be sure to hear a score of immigration-related topics and proposals--just as we have heard an often-convoluted ranting about immigration in the national news these past couple of weeks.
When he was 12, Branndon Gonzalez’s parents put his belongings in a big plastic bag outside their house and changed the locks. The young transgender, born a girl nicknamed Auxi, left that home and, later, his country, El Salvador.
Update below: In a move that could have resounding consequences for corrections practices and the for-profit prison industry in particular, a Denver federal judge has refused to dismiss a laws