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Abby Zimet: A Dream Where Our Differences Are Erased

 Improbably, we found a welcome break from MAGA-hatted punks and the debacle that is D.C. in Wichita, Kansas, where immigrant artists are breaking down barriers, celebrating disparate cultures, bringing together … Continue reading

January 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robert Wrigley: Taking Care

Tornillo, Texas   It must be assumed that the caretakers— if that’s what they are called and not guards— are kind.  If not parents then parental in appropriately incarcerative ways. … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · 3 Comments

Laura Carlsen: Central American Women Are Fighting Extractive Industries on their Land—and Winning

The battle to stop the spread of extractive industries pits indigenous and peasant communities against powerful business interests, backed up by politicians who encourage the foreign investments that convert millennial … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jill Richardson: The White House Desperately Wants this Election to be ‘Us’ Vs. ‘Them’

As the midterms approach, the administration is ratcheting up its attacks on anyone who isn’t a straight, white, native-born Christian. In the days leading up to the election, the news … Continue reading

November 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: On the Migrant “Army” of Poor Brown People — This Comes From Hunger

The caravan passes by sympathetic Mexicans. Photo by Moises Castillo/AP . As a battered procession of up to 7,000 hungry, thirsty, blistered, desperate Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty continues … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ashoka Mukpo: ‘When I Saw Her I Felt My Soul Ache’

An Immigrant Father Is Reunited With His Four-Year-Old Daughter After Nearly 10 Months Apart. Caught at the Border On the day last December when Ricardo and his daughter Luna crossed … Continue reading

October 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Yolanda Parker: I grew up in the segregated South. For me, Supreme Court rulings are personal.

I fear a return to a time when our rights were considered secondary, if at all. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has a history of interpreting the law in a way … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: An Uncertain Future

. In Austin, Texas, two expectant mothers—one undocumented and one US citizen—must contend with increased ICE raids and mounting hostility towards immigrants under President Trump. Directed by Chelsea Hernandez (co-director) … Continue reading

June 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Brett Wilkins: What Have We Become? What We Have Always Been.

We are a nation that has, since its earliest days, stolen children from their parents. . Such was the case with the more than 100,000 Japanese men, women and children, … Continue reading

June 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

Ann Fisher-Wirth: Prayer

Let the mothers rush toward their babies and wrap their arms around them tight enough to hold back even the sea if it would harm them.   Let the anguish … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Lornet Turnbull: Two-thirds of Americans live in the “Constitution-Free Zone”

In Hartford, Vermont, last year, U.S. Border Patrol agents boarded a Greyhound bus as it arrived from Boston, asking passengers about their citizenship and checking the IDs of people of … Continue reading

April 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Bernice Yeung: The Women #MeToo Leaves Behind

Another day, another startling story about sexual harassment, or worse. The reality is that every day, about 50 people experience extreme sexual harassment when they are sexually assaulted or raped on the … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: DACA, white people, Offenbach and the flag(s)

This morning, I took down my American flag. I always fly the flag for holidays and such. I like the flag. For one thing, I think it’s pretty, a bit … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Monument/Monumento

. At Friendship Park, a unique meeting place along the US–Mexico border, family members and loved ones from both countries can see and speak to each other through a meshed … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

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