Daily Archives: September 24, 2019

2019-09-24: News Headlines

Todd Miller (2019-09-24). Trapped in an Empire of Borders: The American Homeland Is the Planet. commondreams.org Even with the billions and billions of dollars spent, the new technologies, the smart walls (and dumb ones), the checkpoints and biometric ID devices, borders can always be subverted with some grassroots organizing, a little luck, and a joyful spirit. (Photo: Mani Albrecht/U.S. Border Patrol/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/border.wall_.jpeg

Joshua Hanks (2019-09-24). Portland demands ICE Off Greyhound buses! workers.org Portland picket of Greyhound demands an end to collusion with ICE and CBP. The Portland branch of Workers World Party organized a protest Sept. 21 against Greyhound's collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol. A crowd of several dozen people gathered on a corner in the . . . | Continue reading Portland demands ICE Off Greyhound buses! at Workers.org

Judy Greenspan (2019-09-24). Sept. 16: Day Without Immigrants SF. workers.org San Francisco "Day Without Immigrants" Sept. 16 On Sept. 16, more than 3,000 im/migrants and their supporters gathered in San Francisco's Mission District to demand "Close the Camps" and "Free the Children." It was organized by a coalition, predominantly in the Latinx community, as "A Day Without Immigrants." The event . . . | Continue reading Sept. 16: Day Without Immigrants SF at Workers.org

Guadalupe Salazar (2019-09-24). Esos no somos: El migrante como agente de cambio. peoplesworld.org Sobre el proceso de acumulación económica, emigrar se convirtió en un acto tan necesario como legítimo. Sistémicamente imbuido, no sólo aporta valor al lugar de recepción, sino que detona un proceso culturizado sobre este mismo. El migrante tiene derechos: de ser respetado, integrarse socialmente, vivir con dignidad. Junto con un manifiesto racista, meritorio de análisis, …

Staff (2019-09-24). More Than a Wall: How the Border-Industrial Complex Drives Policy (2/2). therealnews.com Todd Miller, the author of a new report on the border-industrial complex discusses how corporations drive border policy and the effect this policy has on immigrants.

Cora Currier (2019-09-24). Hikers, Trump, and the Capitalist Conspiracy to Ruin Public Lands. theintercept.com Last week, the Bureau of Land Management announced that it was transferring five parcels of federally owned land along the U.S.-Mexico border to the control of the U.S. Army so that it could be used to make 70 miles of fencing. The handover, in New Mexico, Arizona, and California, was authorized by President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency in February, which directed the secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and the Interior to support border security. It was an interagency "colla…

Staff (2019-09-24). More Than a Wall: A History of the Border-Industrial Complex (1/2). therealnews.com Todd Miller, author of a new report on the border-industrial complex, discusses the history of US border policy and the involvement of military and surveillance corporations.

John Washington (2019-09-24). Sweeping Language in Asylum Agreement Foists U.S. Responsibilities onto El Salvador. theintercept.com Amid a tightening embrace of Trump administration policies, last week El Salvador agreed to begin taking asylum-seekers sent back from the United States. The agreement was announced on Friday but details were not made public at the time. The text of the agreement — which The Intercept requested and obtained from the Department of Homeland Security — purports to uphold international and domestic obligations "to provide protection for eligible refugees," but immigration experts see the move as the very abandonment of the principle of asylum. Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy analyst at American Immigration…

splcenter (2019-09-24). Family separation under the Trump administration — a timeline. splcenter.org Long before the Trump administration implemented its "zero tolerance" immigration enforcement policy in 2018, it was already separating children from their parents as part of a "pilot program" conducted in the El Paso, Texas, area and along other parts of the border.

Arvind Dilawar (2019-09-24). 'The Graveyard of Migrants': Traveling Through the Most Dangerous Jungle in the World. thenation.com 'The Graveyard of Migrants': Traveling Through the Most Dangerous Jungle in the World…

Staff (2019-09-24). The US Border Is Much Bigger Than You Think — and Not Just Because of Trump. truthout.org | | The driver of the passenger van pulled onto the shoulder of the road, looked back, and said, "There's an immigration checkpoint up ahead. Does everyone have their papers?" | We were just north of the Guatemalan border, outside the town of Ciudad Hidalgo in the Mexican state of Chiapas. There were 10 of us in the van: a family of eight from nearby Monte Rico, Guatemala, photojournalist Jeff Abbott, and me. The driver pointed to the road blockade, already in sight. From a backseat, I could…

Todd Miller (2019-09-24). The US Is Wrapping Its Border Wall Around the World. thenation.com The US Is Wrapping Its Border Wall Around the World…

Julia Paley (2019-09-24). The end of asylum? nationofchange.org It was unforgettable. | A little boy living in a refugee camp, essentially in exile. In a city known for kidnappings and murders, and in a shelter with inadequate resources and supplies. | Most striking were the circumstances: The child was an American citizen, yet the shelter he resided in was located a few miles from the United States. Why, then, was he not living in his own country? | This is the distorted result of Remain in Mexico — officially called the M…

Hostelling International USA & Cultural Vista (2019-09-24). Cultures Collide: Fluid Borders + Intercultural Exchange with author Richard C. Morais. indybay.org Hostelling International USA, Fisherman's Wharf, 240 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123…

Philosophy Talk (2019-09-24). Philosophy Talk Live: Sanctuary Cities with Guest Shelley Wilcox at SF State University. indybay.org Jack Adams Hall, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132 | or: via Radio @ KALW 91.7 www.kalw.org/#stream/0

Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-23). Strong Men in Europe: Tony Abbott Visits Hungary. counterpunch.org "I extend a special welcome to Australia's former prime minister. It is in part due to his tough policy that we regard Australia as a model country. We especially respect it for the brave, direct and Anglo-Saxon consistency which it has shown on migration and defence of the Australian nation". These words of Hungarian Prime More

WSWS (2019-09-23). GM fires Mexican workers for aiding US strikers and calling for cross-border fight against automaker. wsws.org The victimization exposes the weak underbelly of the transnational corporations, which fear that workers will defy the nationalist unions and unite internationally to defend jobs and living standards.

Staff (2019-09-23). Headlines for September 23, 2019. democracynow.org 4 Million Take to the Streets for Global Climate Strike, Trump Admin Ignored CBP Report Linking Climate Change and Increased Migration, Honduran Woman and 21-Month-Old Son Die While Attempting to Reach U.S., New Deal Would Force Asylum Seekers to Return to El Salvador Despite Obvious Dangers, Calls for Impeachment Grow as Trump Acknowledges Ukraine Phone Call About Bidens, U.S. to Send Troops to Saudi Arabia, Impose Iran Sanctions, as Rouhani Heads to UNGA with Peace Plan, Arab Parties in Israel Back Benny Gantz in Bid to End Netanyahu's Rule, Egyptians Take to Street in Rare Protest Against President Sisi, Gov't…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-21). Strong Men in Europe: Tony Abbott Visits Hungary. dissidentvoice.org "I extend a special welcome to Australia's former prime minister. It is in part due to his tough policy that we regard Australia as a model country. We especially respect it for the brave, direct and Anglo-Saxon consistency which it has shown on migration and defence of the Australian nation". These words of Hungarian Prime …

Fight Back (2019-09-21). Aurora ICE Warden Johnny Choate confronted at his home. fightbacknews.org Aurora, CO – Immigrant rights groups from the greater Denver area came together on September 19 to confront Johnny Choate, the warden of Aurora's notorious ICE detention facility, at his Aurora home. | Over the past several years, the Aurora detention facility, operated by private prison giant GEO and which many liken to a concentration camp, has become notorious for human rights abuses. There have been at least two recorded deaths as well as cases of denial of proper medication and poor medical treatment. Other practices include cover-ups and torture via solitary confinement of trans, gay and mentally ill detain…

Phebe Eckfeldt (2019-09-20). Battery Wharf Hotel workers strike. workers.org Sept. 15 — All 75 union workers walked off the job Sept. 5 at the luxury, 150-room Battery Wharf Hotel located on Boston Harbor. Migrants make up a majority of the workers, who are represented by UNITE HERE Local 26. Westmont Hospitality Group, the hotel owners, have refused to negotiate . . . | Continue reading Battery Wharf Hotel workers strike at Workers.org

Blake Stewart (2019-09-20). Dreamers' Fates Are Still Uncertain, Their Contributions Are Not. progressive.org Despite ongoing political turmoil, new data shows how Dreamers' continue to help build the nation.

splcenter (2019-09-19). Beyond the border . splcenter.org In Juárez, migrants wait for a number, their fates uncertain.

Staff (2019-09-19). Meet the Beauty Queen Who Inspired Gambia's Me Too Movement After Accusing Ex-Dictator of Rape. democracynow.org In Gambia, an ongoing public truth and reconciliation commission is investigating the atrocities of former President Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the West African country of 2 million people for 22 years before his regime ended in 2016. In widely shared public testimony that has been live-streamed to tens of thousands of people, survivors and members of Jammeh's death squad who killed migrants, journalists and civilians during the president's reign are telling their stories for the world to hear. One such survivor is Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, who says the former president raped her in 2015. We speak with Jallow, a Gambia…

Liz Vinson (2019-09-18). In victory for motorists and taxpayers, Mississippi sheriff's office will stop acting as immigration enforcement. splcenter.org The Martinezes were traveling on I-10 in Mississippi in June 2017 when their pleasant family vacation spiraled into terror.

splcenter (2019-09-18). Beyond the Border — A Diary of Photos. splcenter.org

Staff (2019-09-17). "On Fire": In New Book, Naomi Klein Makes the Case for a Green New Deal to Save the Planet. democracynow.org Amid mounting climate disasters across the planet, from the fires ravaging the Amazon to Hurricane Dorian's destructive path through the Bahamas, we speak with renowned journalist, author and activist Naomi Klein. In her new book, "On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal," Klein looks unsparingly at the rise of ecofascism, as Western countries fortify their borders and white supremacy surges around the world in response to the climate crisis. But she also lays out another path forward in which mankind meets the challenge of global warming with radical and systemic transformation. "We do know that if we a…

Josue De Luna Navarro (2019-09-16). Immigration Is a Climate Issue. progressive.org The United States, the top historic contributor to carbon emissions, has been treating climate refugees from its own pollution as threats. We can do better.

Lucas Koerner (2019-09-11). Venezuela's Maduro Warns of Colombia 'Threat' as Trump Fires Bolton. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan military exercises along the border started on Tuesday.

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-08-28). Report: One Venezuelan Migrant Killed Every Day in Colombia. venezuelanalysis.com Criminal activity and xenophobic attacks have been cited among the main causes.

CounterSpin (2019-08-23). Sasha Abramsky on Trump's New Attack on Immigrants. fair.org Media…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-08-08). Venezuelan Campesinos' March on Miraflores Blocked by Police. venezuelanalysis.com The mobilization marked the one-year anniversary of the Admirable Campesino March.

2019-09-24: Social Media Postees

Sept. 16: Day Without Immigrants SF
Judy Greenspan | workers.org | 2019-09-24
San Francisco "Day Without Immigrants" Sept. 16 On Sept. 16, more than 3,000 im/migrants and their supporters gathered in San Francisco's Mission District to demand "Close the Camps" and "Free the Children." It was organized by a coalition, predominantly in the Latinx community, as "A Day Without Immigrants." The event . . . | Continue reading Sept. 16: Day Without Immigrants SF at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/09/24/sept-16-day-without-immigrants-sf/

Sweeping Language in Asylum Agreement Foists U.S. Responsibilities onto El Salvador
John Washington | theintercept.com | 2019-09-24
Amid a tightening embrace of Trump administration policies, last week El Salvador agreed to begin taking asylum-seekers sent back from the United States. The agreement was announced on Friday but details were not made public at the time. The text of the agreement — which The Intercept requested and obtained from the Department of Homeland Security — purports to uphold international and domestic obligations "to provide protection for eligible refugees," but immigration experts see the move as the very abandonment of the principle of asylum. Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy analyst at American Immigration…
theintercept.com/2019/09/23/el-salvador-asylum-agreement/

The US Border Is Much Bigger Than You Think — and Not Just Because of Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-24
| The driver of the passenger van pulled onto the shoulder of the road, looked back, and said, "There's an immigration checkpoint up ahead. Does everyone have their papers?" | We were just north of the Guatemalan border, outside the town of Ciudad Hidalgo in the Mexican state of Chiapas. There were 10 of us in the van: a family of eight from nearby Monte Rico, Guatemala, photojournalist Jeff Abbott, and me. The driver pointed to the road blockade, already in sight. From a backseat, I could…
truthout.org/articles/the-us-border-is-much-bigger-than-you-think-and-not-just-because-of-trump/

Portland demands ICE Off Greyhound buses!
Joshua Hanks | workers.org | 2019-09-24
Portland picket of Greyhound demands an end to collusion with ICE and CBP. The Portland branch of Workers World Party organized a protest Sept. 21 against Greyhound's collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol. A crowd of several dozen people gathered on a corner in the . . . | Continue reading Portland demands ICE Off Greyhound buses! at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/09/24/portland-demands-ice-off-greyhound-buses/

Family separation under the Trump administration — a timeline
splcenter.org | 2019-09-24
Long before the Trump administration implemented its "zero tolerance" immigration enforcement policy in 2018, it was already separating children from their parents as part of a "pilot program" conducted in the El Paso, Texas, area and along other parts of the border.
splcenter.org/news/2019/09/24/family-separation-under-trump-administration-timeline

'The Graveyard of Migrants': Traveling Through the Most Dangerous Jungle in the World
Arvind Dilawar | thenation.com | 2019-09-24
'The Graveyard of Migrants': Traveling Through the Most Dangerous Jungle in the World…
thenation.com/article/immigration-panama-colombia-darien/

More Than a Wall: How the Border-Industrial Complex Drives Policy (2/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Todd Miller, the author of a new report on the border-industrial complex discusses how corporations drive border policy and the effect this policy has on immigrants.
therealnews.com/stories/more-than-wall-history-of-border-industrial-complex-2

Esos no somos: El migrante como agente de cambio
Guadalupe Salazar | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-24
Sobre el proceso de acumulación económica, emigrar se convirtió en un acto tan necesario como legítimo. Sistémicamente imbuido, no sólo aporta valor al lugar de recepción, sino que detona un proceso culturizado sobre este mismo. El migrante tiene derechos: de ser respetado, integrarse socialmente, vivir con dignidad. Junto con un manifiesto racista, meritorio de análisis, …
peoplesworld.org/article/esos-no-somos-el-migrante-como-agente-de-cambio/

Trapped in an Empire of Borders: The American Homeland Is the Planet
Todd Miller | commondreams.org | 2019-09-24
Even with the billions and billions of dollars spent, the new technologies, the smart walls (and dumb ones), the checkpoints and biometric ID devices, borders can always be subverted with some grassroots organizing, a little luck, and a joyful spirit. (Photo: Mani Albrecht/U.S. Border Patrol/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/border.wall_.jpeg
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/24/trapped-empire-borders-american-homeland-planet?cd-origin=rss

More Than a Wall: A History of the Border-Industrial Complex (1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Todd Miller, author of a new report on the border-industrial complex, discusses the history of US border policy and the involvement of military and surveillance corporations.
therealnews.com/stories/more-than-wall-history-of-border-industrial-complex-1

Cultures Collide: Fluid Borders + Intercultural Exchange with author Richard C. Morais
Hostelling International USA & Cultural Vista | indybay.org | 2019-09-24
Hostelling International USA, Fisherman's Wharf, 240 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/23/18826621.php

Hikers, Trump, and the Capitalist Conspiracy to Ruin Public Lands
Cora Currier | theintercept.com | 2019-09-24
Last week, the Bureau of Land Management announced that it was transferring five parcels of federally owned land along the U.S.-Mexico border to the control of the U.S. Army so that it could be used to make 70 miles of fencing. The handover, in New Mexico, Arizona, and California, was authorized by President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency in February, which directed the secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and the Interior to support border security. It was an interagency "colla…
theintercept.com/2019/09/24/public-lands-book-christopher-ketcham/

The US Is Wrapping Its Border Wall Around the World
Todd Miller | thenation.com | 2019-09-24
The US Is Wrapping Its Border Wall Around the World…
thenation.com/article/border-wall-mexico-todd-miller/

Philosophy Talk Live: Sanctuary Cities with Guest Shelley Wilcox at SF State University
Philosophy Talk | indybay.org | 2019-09-24
Jack Adams Hall, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132 | or: via Radio @ KALW 91.7 www.kalw.org/#stream/0
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/23/18826620.php

Strong Men in Europe: Tony Abbott Visits Hungary
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-23
"I extend a special welcome to Australia's former prime minister. It is in part due to his tough policy that we regard Australia as a model country. We especially respect it for the brave, direct and Anglo-Saxon consistency which it has shown on migration and defence of the Australian nation". These words of Hungarian Prime…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/23/strong-men-in-europe-tony-abbott-visits-hungary/

GM fires Mexican workers for aiding US strikers and calling for cross-border fight against automaker
wsws.org | 2019-09-23
The victimization exposes the weak underbelly of the transnational corporations, which fear that workers will defy the nationalist unions and unite internationally to defend jobs and living standards.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/23/sila-s23.html

Aurora ICE Warden Johnny Choate confronted at his home
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-21
Aurora, CO – Immigrant rights groups from the greater Denver area came together on September 19 to confront Johnny Choate, the warden of Aurora's notorious ICE detention facility, at his Aurora home. | Over the past several years, the Aurora detention facility, operated by private prison giant GEO and which many liken to a concentration camp, has become notorious for human rights abuses. There have been at least two recorded deaths as well as cases of denial of proper medication and poor medical treatment. Other practices include cover-ups and torture via solitary confinement of trans, gay and mentally ill detain…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/21/aurora-ice-warden-johnny-choate-confronted-his-home

Strong Men in Europe: Tony Abbott Visits Hungary
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-21
"I extend a special welcome to Australia's former prime minister. It is in part due to his tough policy that we regard Australia as a model country. We especially respect it for the brave, direct and Anglo-Saxon consistency which it has shown on migration and defence of the Australian nation". These words of Hungarian Prime …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/strong-men-in-europe-tony-abbott-visits-hungary/

Battery Wharf Hotel workers strike
Phebe Eckfeldt | workers.org | 2019-09-20
Sept. 15 — All 75 union workers walked off the job Sept. 5 at the luxury, 150-room Battery Wharf Hotel located on Boston Harbor. Migrants make up a majority of the workers, who are represented by UNITE HERE Local 26. Westmont Hospitality Group, the hotel owners, have refused to negotiate . . . | Continue reading Battery Wharf Hotel workers strike at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/09/20/battery-wharf-hotel-workers-strike/

Dreamers' Fates Are Still Uncertain, Their Contributions Are Not
Blake Stewart | progressive.org | 2019-09-20
Despite ongoing political turmoil, new data shows how Dreamers' continue to help build the nation.
progressive.org/dispatches/dreamers-fates-uncertain-not-contributions-stewart-190920/

Beyond the border
splcenter.org | 2019-09-19
In Juárez, migrants wait for a number, their fates uncertain.
splcenter.org/news/2019/09/19/beyond-border

Meet the Beauty Queen Who Inspired Gambia's Me Too Movement After Accusing Ex-Dictator of Rape
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-19
In Gambia, an ongoing public truth and reconciliation commission is investigating the atrocities of former President Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the West African country of 2 million people for 22 years before his regime ended in 2016. In widely shared public testimony that has been live-streamed to tens of thousands of people, survivors and members of Jammeh's death squad who killed migrants, journalists and civilians during the president's reign are telling their stories for the world to hear. One such survivor is Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, who says the former president raped her in 2015. We speak with Jallow, a Gambia…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/19/gambia_truth_reconciliation_commission_atrocities

In victory for motorists and taxpayers, Mississippi sheriff's office will stop acting as immigration enforcement
Liz Vinson | splcenter.org | 2019-09-18
The Martinezes were traveling on I-10 in Mississippi in June 2017 when their pleasant family vacation spiraled into terror.
splcenter.org/news/2019/09/18/victory-motorists-and-taxpayers-mississippi-sheriffs-office-will-stop-acting-immigration

Beyond the Border — A Diary of Photos
splcenter.org | 2019-09-18
splcenter.org/news/2019/09/18/beyond-border-diary-photos

"On Fire": In New Book, Naomi Klein Makes the Case for a Green New Deal to Save the Planet
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-17
Amid mounting climate disasters across the planet, from the fires ravaging the Amazon to Hurricane Dorian's destructive path through the Bahamas, we speak with renowned journalist, author and activist Naomi Klein. In her new book, "On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal," Klein looks unsparingly at the rise of ecofascism, as Western countries fortify their borders and white supremacy surges around the world in response to the climate crisis. But she also lays out another path forward in which mankind meets the challenge of global warming with radical and systemic transformation. "We do know that if we a…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/17/naomi_klein_on_fire_green_new

Immigration Is a Climate Issue
Josue De Luna Navarro | progressive.org | 2019-09-16
The United States, the top historic contributor to carbon emissions, has been treating climate refugees from its own pollution as threats. We can do better.
progressive.org/op-eds/immigration-is-a-climate-issue-navarro-190916/

Venezuela's Maduro Warns of Colombia 'Threat' as Trump Fires Bolton
Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-09-11
Venezuelan military exercises along the border started on Tuesday.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14653

Report: One Venezuelan Migrant Killed Every Day in Colombia
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-28
Criminal activity and xenophobic attacks have been cited among the main causes.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14641