It's that time of year again. Congress is on its lengthy August recess, and candidates have only a few months until the November elections. Just shy of the coveted midterms, both Republican and Democratic politicians will undoubtedly up the ante during these few weeks of downtime. But as we all clearly witnessed last year, it's the GOP and Tea Party that readily pull out the age-old guaranteed weapon of choice: fear mongering. In the past, it's been everything from homophobia to health care to socialism to abortion rights and all in between. The one subject however that consistently delivers without fail is the right's wedge issue of this 2010 election: Islamophobia.
This has been a painful and turbulent week for this country. Just when we thought people were starting to come together, bridges were being built and brighter tomorrows were looming on the horizon, here come not one but two individuals who have set this country and white womanhood back at least 100 years.
In Texas, 31 percent of Hispanic eligible voters are 18 to 29 years old. These young Latinos are on their way to becoming the majority demographic overall among Texas Latino voters, a position that is currently held by 30- to 44-year-old Latinos. “Couple these numbers with the fact that Latino voters comprise almost 40 percent of eligible Texas Democratic voters,” wrote Marisa Treviño for Spot On in 2008. “It's an implication that deserves attention.”
Colorlines: A rapidly expanding federal program that checks the immigration statuses of anyone booked into state and local jails is creating SB 1070 like conditions all over the country, according to recently obtained data.
The program, called Secure Communities, sends Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE) information on anyone in police custody. So far, it’s resulted in almost 50,000 deportations.
Former Fugee member Pras sat down the other day and explained why he won’t be supporting his cousin Wyclef Jean and his bid for Presidency in Haiti. He explained that he doesn’t think Jean has a comprehensive plan for the beleaguered country. He cited the 1.2 million people who are currently living in tent cities and Wyclef’s lack of details in crafting a plan to deal with them. He says that Haiti needs a short term and long term strategy and doesn't feel Wyclef has developed them.
By now everyone has heard the big news about singer/humanitarian Wyclef Jean running for President of Haiti. It's got everyone talking including many within the Hip Hop generation. For them the thought of a Hip Hop artist of Wyclef's stature becoming President of Haiti on the heels of Barack Obama becoming president of the United States is beyond exciting.
Immigration enforcement under the Obama administration has continued almost unchanged from the “enforcement-only” regime perfected by the Bush administration, applying criminal enforcement tactics to the civil immigration system.
A lot of times we take some pretty hard swipes at folks who don't do right by our communities and we make no bones about it. This week we wanna shower someone with praise and a bit of caution.
We're talking about the top law enforcement officer in the land US Attorney General Eric Holder. In the past few weeks he's been on a roll. First he filed a law suit against the Neanderthals who sit in office in the Apartheid state of Arizona. Holder like many of us sees the new immigration bill SB 1070 that is not only too far reaching, but also not within the rights of the people trying to enforce it.
Jasiri X has released a video called “What if the Tea Party was Black?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtH7vH4yRcY
The Hip Hop artist says that he got the idea when Paradise Gray, a member of the pro-black rap group X-Clan, forwarded him a copy of Tim Wise’s article. “I saw the article and I liked the concept,” says the rapper. So Jasiri hit the studio with producer Cynik Lethal while Paradise grabbed his video camera and they went on their mission to defeat the Right Wing propaganda machine.
People in Oakland, California and probably all over the country reacted to the 'slap on the wrist' verdict of involuntary manslaughter handed down to Johannes Mehserle.. Later people would riot in downtown Oakland..We have a first-hand account.