We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.
I don't know many people of faith who aren't troubled by the evils woven into their traditions: the violence, the war, the oppression... not to mention the "softer" but no less valid injustices of not listening, of dismissing, of invalidating those in need.
This week at UCLA, more than 200 day laborers from across the country will come together for the eighth national convention of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. They will gather to share experiences and struggles, celebrate victories, and continue the development of national and local strategies.
Unaccompanied minors have risked their lives to find safety in our country. And I urge you to speak out on their behalf, so that everyone has a better understanding of their plight and the need for a more proactive, thoughtful and compassionate response to this humanitarian crisis.
There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.
Immigration reform is a very sensitive issue which should be carefully thought about and not living out the journey through which our ancestors and forefathers became citizens of this country.
This film dares to ask unsettling questions and portray graphic dimensions of the tremendous risks people are willing to take, and the horrifying suffering many undergo, just to take a chance on gaining US citizenship.
Reform of our immigration system has been on the docket forever. Campaigning to get to the White House, candidate Barack Obama not only promised but guaranteed immigration reform in his first year in office. That guarantee has not been delivered on because of the President's need to rescue an economy on the abyss.
As a father, I can understand the desperation that would compel a parent to risk his child's life for the promise of a better future. Yet I am appalled and heartsick that 57,000 children have migrated to the U.S. with no parent or guardian.
Known for his country outlaw music with Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and others, at one time "they called Willie crazy, but nowadays they call him a saint." I hope Willie secures several generations of music enthusiasts from one of the fastest growing demographics in our Nation.
The City of Adelanto, California, greets visitors with a sign, proclaiming it to be a city of "unlimited possibilities." However, when you drive through this small town in the Mojave Desert, it is clear the city is known for only one possibility: incarceration.
Now that the House has folded up its circus tent and gone home for summer, it's clear that if President Obama wants immigration changes, he'll have to make them on his own. Fortunately, the President has wide authority to do so.
For many successful conservative talk show hosts "family values" acquired an anti-immigrant meaning associated with gaining social and political power.
The United States can help, but only if officials in the White House and Congress put politics aside and approach this refugee crisis with intelligence and bipartisan commitment. The practical reality is that tens of thousands of children have crossed the border into our country, and we owe it to them, and to ourselves, to treat them with the fairness, compassion, and due process.
It was a political ambush, and in deciding to stand and fight, Steve King had lost before he'd even started. The whole idea of a political ambush is that it's lose-lose for the ambushed.
When we cut courts funding, the criminal-court side of the system gets first call on resources -- it has all those pesky constitutional guarantees that prevent years of backlog. So civil courts get less and less.