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Immigrant Rights Groups Will Start Protesting Obama Again

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.06.2015 | Latino Voices

Several immigrant rights groups announced Tuesday that they will spend a week protesting the deportation and detention policies of President Barack O...

Support the Undocumented Workers Who Risked Their Lives After 9/11

Ryan Campbell | Posted 09.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

With the Zadroga bill ending at the end of the month, we can expect the same politicians who get publicly weepy at 9/11 memorial services to go ahead and stiff those who personally responded to the emergency. As a nation, giving benefits to all those who were injured at Ground Zero should be a no-brainer, but this Congress can't even get that right.

UndocuQueers: How the LGBT and Immigrant Rights Movement Progress Together

Ryan Campbell | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Ryan Campbell

In the end, this is a group of people who have been slandered ruthlessly, kicked to the bottom of many arbitrary, nonsensical social pecking orders that any bully feeds off of. This is as true of the bully in the sandbox as it is the bully in Congress or State Assembly.

5 Ways Nail Salon Workers are Winning: Victory in New York State Legislature

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 06.19.2015 | New York
Charlene Obernauer

As the New York State legislative session extends indefinitely, nail salon workers and advocates are celebrating perhaps the biggest victory for low-wage workers this legislative session.

Citizens United Cracks Down on Free Speech

Ryan Campbell | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

At a rally Citizens United sponsored for Steve King to bring all the GOP candidates to Iowa, Marco Malagone and Cesar Vargas, Co-Director of Dream Action Coalition, were kicked out for trying to ask candidates questions.

Draconian: America's Detention Nightmare

John Tirman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
John Tirman

Detention has been widely decried by human-rights advocates for its prison-like conditions and the too-frequent abuses that are visited upon the detained. But the truly horrifying aspect of this system is how it's being used and expanded to detain the mothers and children who have sought asylum in the United States.

Building on California's Immigrant Rights Blueprint

Reshma Shamasunder | Posted 05.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Reshma Shamasunder

Now, the Golden State is building a blueprint of pro-immigrant policy-making that's reverberating across the nation. And we are far from done. This year, we're determined to break new ground and fortify our blueprint for immigrant rights.

Elise Foley

LGBTQ Immigrants On Same-Sex Marriage: 'History Went Along With Us' | Elise Foley | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Same-sex marriage arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday stem partly from a dispute over a few words on a piece of paper. Jim ...

This Year's May Day Rallies Continue Tradition of Protests for Workers Rights

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Progressives around the country, working on a variety of issues, have embraced the new May Day movement. It isn't just about workers rights on the job, or immigrant rights, or civil rights, or even about raising the standard of living for all workers. It's about what kind of country we want to be.

GOP Racial Woes and 2016

Ryan Campbell | Posted 05.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Within the GOP, there's been some ugly rhetoric on issues of race and authority, but that's quite frankly nothing new; what is new, however, is the magnitude of the problem they have been creating for themselves. What is this laundry list, and how will it be affected by the run to 2016?

Colorado Civil Liberties On the Brink: Why Your Vote Matters

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

The margins between advancing, losing or just holding ground in civil liberties are very narrow in a state like Colorado. Voters would do well to pay attention to what goes on in the legislature and to take seriously the threat of legislation.

Heading to the Supreme Court This Valentine's Day

Christopher Punongbayan | Posted 04.14.2015 | San Francisco
Christopher Punongbayan

Valentine's Day takes on a special meaning at the Supreme Court this year. The first case on the docket delves straight into the matter of love and rights. Specifically, the Court is asked whether a U.S. citizen can be denied the ability to live here with her spouse without the government providing a reason.

The Tragic Cost of Family Detention: Sexual Abuse and Assault

Michelle Brané | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Michelle Brané

The Administration's recent expansion of family detention comes at a tragic and horrific cost. This week, allegations of sexual abuse and assault were revealed inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement's new family detention center.

'Who Is Dayani Cristal?': Offering Resources for the Movement

Lina Srivastava | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Lina Srivastava

Who is Dayani Cristal?, is an intimate examination of the journey of one migrant who perished in the Arizona desert, far from his native Honduras, with no real identification but a name tattooed over his heart

Obama Caves to Crazies on Immigration

Ryan Campbell | Posted 11.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Once again, the Tea Partiers are pushing around the White House, and the repeated criticism of this administration is clearly demonstrated: they cave to the irrational screams from far-right conservatives, who have been screaming nonstop since Obama was elected.

Obama's Legacy: #GoBigObama vs. #DeporterInChief

Ryan Campbell | Posted 10.27.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

In the world of social media, the current question of Obama's immigration legacy can be summed up as this: Which will be the dominant tag, #DeporterInChief, or #GoBigObama? Anything Obama does will exist next to the 2 million deportations his enforcement has already carried out, more than any previous president.

Women's and Immigrant's Rights, Hand in Hand

Ryan Campbell | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

Although a better immigration policy would not have prevented the terrible conditions we see in Central America, it could have given them a safe place to run to, instead of having them "warehoused" at the border to be deported by our current broken system.

When We Should Not Have to Choose: Religious Exemptions, LGBTQ Communities and Immigrant Justice

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

Religious exemptions are not only an excuse for businesses and organizations to discriminate against LGBTQ people. They also raise the question of who can participate equally and openly in public life in this country.

Obama's Immigration Announcement and What's Next

Ryan Campbell | Posted 09.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

While many on the right are already decrying our "imperial President" on his recent action, the truth of the matter is that he had to act.

The One Thing I Want My Fellow Job-Seekers To Know

Connor Finkbeiner | Posted 08.23.2014 | Teen
Connor Finkbeiner

We are in need of new jobs, and of job creators, to take some of the pressure off of our injured economy, yet our government seems to be ignoring a great power in job creation, immigrants.

Exiled: The Obama Administration's Horrifying Deportation Record

Demian Bichir | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Demian Bichir

Latinos, like me, rewarded Obama with our vote. In 2008: because he warmed our hearts. In 2012: because we believed his second term would free him to get immigration reform done, regardless of Republican obstructionism. But the hope he inspired has spiraled into hopelessness.

Seven Leaders to Inspire You to Act

Adria D. Goodson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Adria D. Goodson

Today we announce the seven women and men chosen as our 2014 Prime Movers fellows who will inspire you next or may have already done so.

May Day -- Then and Now

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Unlike the rest of the world's democracies, the United States doesn't use the metric system, doesn't require employers to provide workers with paid vacations, hasn't abolished the death penalty and doesn't celebrate May Day as an official national holiday.

How 5 DREAMers Are Rethinking Their Role In The Immigrant Rights Movement

Feet In 2 Worlds | Von Diaz | Posted 04.28.2014 | Latino Voices

No group has been more visible in the struggle for immigrant rights than undocumented youth. Taking the name DREAMers, evoking both...

Deportations, Hunger Strikes and an Uncertain White House

Ryan Campbell | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

With immigration, everything begins and ends with family. Until we see a solution to the record-setting family separations, the Administration can expect to see demonstrators on their front step with heartbreaking stories.