Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Kids In Cages Need More Lawn Hearts

Immigration Advocates Criticize DOJ's New Deportation Rules As An Opaque Attack on Due Process https://lawandcrime.com/immigration/immigration-advocates-criticize-dojs-new-deportation-rules-as-an-opaque-attack-on-due-process/

 

 Kids In Cages Need More Lawn Hearts

by C. A. Matthews

Migrant children without parents or adult sponsors are being held in locked "facilities" in Texas. Essentially, these places are prisons since children's camps don't usually lock up their campers to prevent any contact from the outside world. No, this isn't an old news story that happened under Trump's neglectful eye. This is same activity still happening under the auspices of the current neglectful regime.

The more things change, the more they remain the same (if not grow worse).

I realize many of you are holding out hope that visas will be granted to family members to come and claim these kids as soon as possible. But if our history gives us any clues, we know this isn't going happen--Biden's "promise" or not. How do we know this? Because this is not the first time America hasn't open its arms to embrace those who are suffering from the affects of war, poverty, and persecution.

One thing that has stayed with me after taking my first course to become an accredited immigration advocate is that US immigration law hasn't changed much since it was first laid out in the 1920s. The first US immigration laws and quotas were created to stop the influx of "genetically inferior races" from such scummy places like Sicily and Eastern Europe. One hundred years later, it is still perfectly legal to discriminate against immigrants based solely on their place of origin via our quota system. (Too bad if that country is made up of mostly black and brown peoples who don't practice a religion we like, but those are the breaks.)

Of course, there were some immigration laws made before the 20th century. The most famous was the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. This law was meant to stop the "invasion" of California, which began in the 1870s by Chinese laborers who came to help build our country's railroad system. We thanked these Chinese immigrants for all their hard work with low wages and forbidding them to become naturalized citizens until 1943.  We further went on to perfect our treatment of Asian-Americans by interring Japanese-Americans in prison camps during World War II when FDR signed Executive Order 9066. 

War and economics makes racial discrimination necessary, after all.

The next time you buy take-out burgers or chicken, don't forget to give thanks for all the predominantly Central American migrant farm and food processing workers who butcher and process all those dead cows and birds for you to  chow down on. Don't forget to give thanks for all those ill-treated Chinese railroad workers who built the infrastructure that allows the meat processors to ship meat across the country to your local restaurant, too.

Another amazing fact I've learned from my immigration studies is that the US doesn't take in the most refugees in the world like we've been led to believe. We're actually way down the list--we don't even make the top ten. Our neighbor to the north, Canada, outdoes us in accepting refugees and immigrants. Believe it or not (and many won't believe it), the US is not being flooded with immigrants, but give the climate catastrophe and the rising oceans some time and then…?

Most people displaced from their homelands by natural disasters, wars, persecutions, etc., end up living next door. For instance, Venezuelans have flooded into Colombia by the millions and Syrians… Well, those Syrians we haven't bombed this past week have migrated to the neighboring countries of Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon.

The US has blockaded Venezuela and bombed Syria, yet we don't open our arms wide to accept all the people we've hurt who are fleeing troubles exacerbated by our actions. Quite the opposite. We've created bans to prevent them from coming here. We've begrudged helping out the UN when it comes to assisting these refugees, too, by not paying our full dues.

For those who were expecting Biden to enact a "kindler, gentler" immigration policy with the "kids in cages" being set freed (or not being locked up in the first place), it's time to stop fooling yourself. US immigration policy hasn't fundamentally changed in over a hundred years. It's not going to be changed by the looks of things coming (or rather not coming) out of this White House, either. The Biden administration has accepted many contributions from the various corporations of the military-industrial complex as well as the private immigration detention center lobbyists, so why would Biden change immigration and war-making policies that make him and his friends rich?

Locking up predominantly poor and non-white human beings is what America does best. Take a good hard look at our prison-industrial complex and how it mimics slavery. Obviously, we're not ready to change our ways. Why should we change when locking up people helps to create a slave class of prison workers forced to work for little or nothing? Immigration laws that create more free labor make capitalists wealthier. Non-billionaires don't have much say so in the matter. The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling proves this to be the case.

In the coming months, be ready for the suppression of immigration horrors and drone bombing stories by the corporate media.  Anyone who doesn't think that cut-out hearts placed on the White House lawn cures a vast variety of societal ills is, of course, suspect. 

That makes me one of the most "suspicious" characters around. I believe protecting human rights is far more important than fatuous news stories about rich neoliberals pretending to care about anyone other than themselves as they install fake candy hearts in DC and continue to lock up kids in cages. I think history will bear me out on this, too.

 

"The Biden administration is instead trying to sell us an image of a kinder, gentler imprisonment." -- Moustafa Bayoumi

Related Articles:

Biden Is Locking Up Migrant Children. Will the World Still Care with Trump Gone? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/24/biden-is-locking-up-migrant-children-will-the-world-still-care-with-trump-gone

More Than 700 Unaccompanied Migrant Children Being Held At US Border https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/68002-more-than-700-unaccompanied-migrant-children-being-held-at-us-border-says-report

First Migrant Facility For Children Opens Under Biden https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/67966-first-migrant-facility-for-children-opens-under-biden

Why Biden's ICE Is Still Deporting People https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/67823-why-bidens-ice-is-still-deporting-people

New Claims of Migrant Abuse As ICE Continue Deportations
https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/67631-new-claims-of-migrant-abuse-as-ice-defies-biden-to-continue-deportations

 The US Immigration System Treats Workers As Disposable https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/68048-the-us-immigration-system-treats-workers-as-disposable

Biden Jeopardizes Nuclear Talks With Iran By Bombing Militias in Syria  https://truthout.org/video/biden-jeopardizes-nuclear-talks-with-iran-by-bombing-militias-in-syria/

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I’ll get right to the point: Asylum-seekers in ICE detention centers in Texas and across the Southern United States are living in dire conditions--and it’s not just because of the cold weather.

According to reports, ICE detention guards are retaliating against families and children who dare mention the freezing temperatures, unhygienic conditions, or lack of water. When detainees voice concerns about the cold, ICE agents have reportedly blasted fans or thrown blankets in the trash.

What’s happening in Texas is a crisis for so many people, and what’s happening in ICE detention centers is just outright cruel. The truth is, the system was designed this way, which is why I’m calling on you to take action now.

Add your name to our pledge to double down on our efforts to END this cruelty and advocate for a more dignified and humane system for families and children.

ADD YOUR NAME →

Ted Cruz fleeing Texas with his family during a state-wide emergency is a mockery of the thousands of families and children seeking safety who’ve been separated and left to suffer in ICE detention centers.

Now is the time to turn our attention away from politicians and policies that don’t serve us, and towards a future where families are reunited and safe.

Weathering a state-wide emergency during a global pandemic is hard enough. Now imagine being a parent separated from your child as you’re detained in an ICE facility--without heat or water.

It’s time to put an end to the immigration system that prioritizes profits over people, separates children from parents, and leaves asylum-seekers out to freeze in conditions more dangerous than the ones they risked their lives to flee from.

Add your name to our pledge to renew your commitment to reuniting families and advocate for a more dignified and humane immigration system.

If the last week has reminded us of anything, it’s that change comes from within. It’s going to take every one of us to reunite families, end ICE’s legacy of cruelty, and build a nation where safety is more than an empty promise.

Thanks for all that you do,

Paola Luisi, Director
Families Belong Together

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From Ultraviolet:

For Black women, pregnancy could be a deadly proposition, as they are three to four times more likely than white women to die during childbirth. The United States has the worst maternal mortality rate in the developed world, and it continues to rise. We can and must do better.

Representative Lauren Underwood and members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus have introduced the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 to save Black pregnant people's lives.1 Will you add your name to become a citizen co-sponsor of the Momnibus?

 

Become a citizen co-sponsor of the Momnibus!

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The Momnibus is a package that includes multiple pieces of legislation with solutions to this crisis, including investing in community-based care for Black mothers, improving maternal health data collection, improving maternal health outcomes for incarcerated mothers, supporting programs to improve mental health for postpartum mothers, and examining policies on continuing health insurance coverage, including Medicaid, up to one year postpartum. In addition, the package includes solutions specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, including research and data on vaccinations for pregnant and lactating people.

The legislation would not only protect Black women's lives during what should be a joyful event, but addresses preventable complications and improves maternal care at hospitals for Black women. It would center the well-being of Black women, who--because of medical racism and violence, are often not believed when they experience problematic symptoms or pregnancy complications, and are denied access to expedient care as a result. This is true across class, and even impacted Serena Williams when she gave birth to her daughter and had a near-death experience.Will you add your name to help save the lives of Black pregnant people?

To be clear, this is not inevitable, this is intentional. The maternal health crisis in the U.S. is the result of decades of medical sexism and political negligence that has sacrificed the health, autonomy, and well-being of women. Medical research and interventions often lack a gender focus. Women are routinely disbelieved or gaslit when they seek out medical care.

Meanwhile, conservative politicians have worked overtime to throw up barriers to accessing basic health care, like birth control or abortion, all while closing clinics in rural and urban areas that serve vulnerable populations. When you add in the centuries of systemic racism that pervades our health care system, which routinely sees Black people's pain or medical needs as less urgent than that of white people, the weight of this history of racism and sexism is especially heavy for Black pregnant women. 

But we can change this. Now that Democrats have full control in Washington, we're confident that the Momnibus has a path toward becoming law--but not without your support. Add your name to become a citizen co-sponsor of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021, and let's save Black pregnant parents' lives.

Thanks for adding your name!

--Shaunna, Kathy, Sonja, Melody, Lindsay, Maria, Kimberly, Elisa, KaeLyn, Katie, KD, and Bridget, the UltraViolet team

Sources:

1. UNDERWOOD, ADAMS, BOOKER UNVEIL THE BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH MOMNIBUS ACT TO ADDRESS AMERICA'S MATERNAL HEALTH CRISIS, Lauren Underwood, February 8, 2021

2. Serena Williams: What my life-threatening experience taught me about giving birth, CNN, February 20, 2018

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Food movements across Africa and hundreds of groups around the world are protesting Gates Foundation’s plans to transform African food systems. They say Gates' efforts to push chemical-intensive industrial agriculture in Africa are harming, not helping, small farmers, communities and the climate. 

These issues have been ignored by media outlets that are rolling out the red carpet for Gates’ new book, "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster," and not asking critical questions.

In a new article today, Stacy Malkan examines the evidence that Gates Foundation's plans to remake food systems in Africa will hurt the climate. 

Where’s the data on Gates' “green revolution” for Africa? Also today, Timothy Wise, a researcher with the Institute for Agriculture, posted a new article about his ongoing efforts to track results of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa -- and he is not finding evidence of progress. The new analysis is based on documents U.S. Right to Know obtained by FOIA.

When Google decides what you read: In case you missed it, U.S. Right to Know and other news outlets are under siege by algorithm changes at Google that are not transparent and offer no path for appeal. The Freedom of the Press Foundation reports on the story here, When algorithms come for journalists.

Please share our work and invite your networks to sign up for our newsletter so we can bring our reporting directly to their inboxes, too. 

More public health news of note: 

  • EPA’s assessments of chemicals draws criticism from its own scientists — U.S. Right to Know
  • Environmental group charges EPA with ignoring evidence of cancer — The Intercept

For our right to know,
Carey, Gary, Sai, Stacy 

 

 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Why Am I Not Surprised?




Why Am I Not Surprised?

by Redd (not a psychic) Phlagg

I'm frequently asked, "How did you know Biden wouldn't give us the $2,000 he promised back in January before the Georgia special election. Are you psychic or something?"

"No, I'm not psychic," I'll reply. "I just read the signs, and the signs were fairly clear on this pronouncement. You'll notice he's not done or said anything of any importance about Medicare For All in his first month, either, and he's also backed away from even promising Obamacare with a public option."

"Hey, you're right!" my questioner will exclaim. "You must be psychic."

"No, not psychic. I'm just observant. You can do likewise."

I switch into my teacher mode in an attempt to get my companion to connect the dots on their own. "Okay, here's what you do. Just watch a politician closely for a while and follow his or her most common pattern of behavior.  What have these two examples--the promised $2,000 check and the promised Medicare For All and Biden's lack of response on either issue--have in common?"

"Uh, that he's busy?"

"Sure, he's busy, but who isn't?" I'll heave a sigh here, but I won't give up. "Let me give you some more examples. Biden says he'll be an environmental president, yet he doesn't support even the Dems' watered down version of the Green New Deal, and it's open season on hunting wolves in Wisconsin now because his EPA won't put them and the rapidly dwindling Monarch butterflies back on the endangered species list to protect them from going extinct. When asked if he would forgive most student debt like he said on the campaign trail, he hems and haws. So, Biden says one thing and does the opposite, right?"

"Yeah, sounds like he's really busy," my companion says with a blank look on his face. "I sure hope we get that $2,000 check soon. I've been laid off since late March 2020, and my wife has left the state and taken the kids to live with her sister since they've got heat, and the landlord is ready to evict me."

It's at this point in the conversation that I usually feel like repeatedly bashing my head into a wall in frustration.

It seems some folks of the "Blue MAGA" persuasion can put two and two together and come out with six. They will almost always believe every utterance coming out of a Democrat's month and will give them the full benefit of the doubt. Doubly so if the Dem politician is good-looking and young(ish)--'cause how can a pretty lady lie, right?


Oh, to be so innocent and trusting!

And yet, they're hurting--badly. Whenever they notice that I'm batting a thousand when it comes to predicting what Biden's responses will be on the issues, they're impressed and honestly confused as to how I can be so certain what Biden will do/not do. It's almost as if the cognitive dissonance inside their skulls is too much to bear, so they just shut down and regurgitate the party line and drool down the front of their shirts.

How are these poor besotted souls any different from the original red-hatted MAGAts who blindly followed Trump? Answer: They're no different. They've joined a cult that tells them how to think and what to say. When painful reality creeps up on them, they could find themselves in an existential crisis. In time, some might even be willing to walk away from the lies and seek solace elsewhere in the arms of a welcoming "third party."


But not all will.  I've observed their behavior patterns closely. These blindly devout "blue-no-matter-who" types are the ones who, when the next election rolls around, will more than likely cast their ballots as they're instructed by the corporate-owned-and-operated Democratic Party USA. They'll believe every word, every promise, and fall for every trick in the book.

Why am I not surprised?

Is there any way to save these individuals from themselves? Furthermore, is there any way to save our country from the destruction to our environment and society that is caused by these Red/Blue cult members? Until the cultists leave their cult by recognizing how they are simply acting as a front for the billionaire oligarchs who truly run the show, there is no hope. We are screwed.

Next time someone makes a comment that they're surprised why they haven't received their stimulus check or Medicare For All yet, tell them you're a psychic. You're a psychic who will predict what Biden won't do next. Maybe if enough of us do this it will convince them to join our cult, the cult of intelligent and independent thinkers.

 

BIO: Redd Phlagg has seen the handwriting on the wall--and it was scribbled there using purple crayon by the Red/Blue cultists. Redd's mission in life is to help de-program these sad souls and lead them back to reality, thereby freeing the world of endless enslavement to the capitalist class. It's a lofty goal, but Redd heartily welcomes you to join in this crusade.

Related Articles:

Biden's First Month Marked by Broken Promises

https://popularresistance.org/bidens-first-month-marked-by-broken-promises/

Biden's Comments on Loan Forgiveness

https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/67932-fact-check-bidens-comments-on-loan-forgiveness-and-elite-colleges

Half of America In or Near Poverty

https://www.nationofchange.org/2021/02/22/2021-update-half-of-america-in-or-near-poverty/ 

Biden's Agriculture Nominee Could Bring Us Back Into the Trans Pacific Partnership

https://truthout.org/articles/bidens-agriculture-nominee-could-bring-us-back-into-trans-pacific-partnership/


Caught on Twitter--

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From Change:

Over the past days, millions of Texans have gone without power. Freezing weather. Burst pipes. Flooded homes. Petition starter Anil knows it didn’t have to be this way. Texas should have been able to source energy from out of state. But their energy grid is disconnected from the other two energy grids in the country. Anil is calling for Texas leaders to right this wrong. Add your name now to call for Texas to join the East and West power grids. 


Petition Texas to Join East and West Energy Interconnects with the Tres Amigas Project

1,995 have signed Anil Raj’s petition. Let’s get to 2,500!


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Texas has faced a unique disaster of its own making in the historic winter storm that hit the state in Feburary 2021. As of Feb 16th, some 4 million Texans are facing extended power outages in freezing weather will little to no warning to prepare beforehand. With several accident-related deaths already caused by these power outages, and countless stories of frozen pipes and other property damage, Texas’ mismanagement of the power grid has caused untold harm to its citizens.

One unique aspect of Texas’ energy system stands out as a determining factor in this disaster--the isolation of the state’s energy grid from the only other two energy grids in the country, the Eastern Interconnection and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council. As an independent energy grid, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) must balance its own energy production and consumption within the state. Since Texas can not borrow energy from other states, and with a drastic curtail of energy supply due to the storm, Texas citizens must bear the brunt of the consequences of this failed governance with prolonged energy blackouts.

Fortunately, the Tres Amigas project in New Mexico, started in 2010, would create such an interconnection between the country’s three power grids. Since ERCOT has proven themselves incapable of living up to their name and sustaining the reliability of the Texas power grid, we demand Governor Greg Abbott and Public Utility Commission Chariman DeAnn T. Walker to cease stonewalling their participation in the Tres Amigas project, and to join the East and West interconnections for ensured power reliability throughout the state.

Additional Reading:

Grandmother, 3 children die in Sugar Land house fire, officials say by Vincent Crivelli. Feb. 16, 2021.

HPD: Woman, little girl die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by car running in garage to keep warm by Dough Delony. Feb. 16, 2021.

Texplainer: Why Does Texas Have Its Own Power Grid? by Kate Galbraith. Feb. 8, 2011

Hola, Amigas by Kate Galbraith. Aug 26, 2010.

Tres Amigas

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From Public Citizen:

At a town hall last week, President Biden was asked about taking executive action to cancel up to $50,000 of federal student loan debt for millions of Americans.

Biden replied, “I will not make that happen.”

That was disappointing.

But it doesn’t have to be — and we can’t let it be — the end of the story.

Join Public Citizen in urging Joe Biden not to give up already on using his authority as president to provide millions of Americans relief from crushing and discriminatory student loans.

Add your name.

Thanks for taking action.

For fairness,

- Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen