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Posted in Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica Public Health Safety Net Social Justice

Hospitals have left many COVID-19 patients who don’t speak English alone, confused and without proper care

One medical worker told us: “It takes 10 minutes of sitting on the phone to get an interpreter, and that’s valuable time when you’re inundated. So this utilitarian calculus kicks in. And the patients that are…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net Social Justice

Class and culture clashes

New Orleans    Ok, let’s be clear, everything about the pandemic sucks, alright? For the most part we don’t hate our homes, but we definitely don’t like being told we have to stay at home. Attach…

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Posted in Deportation El Salvador Human Rights Immigration News Off the wire Social Justice The Conversation world

Deported to death: US sent 138 Salvadorans home to be killed

At least 138 people deported from the United States to El Salvador since 2013 have been killed, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch, which investigates human rights abuses worldwide.   Updated February 7,…

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Posted in Child Welfare Immigration National News Off the wire Politics Pro Publica Social Justice

Zero Tolerance: “Women to one side, men to the other”: how the Border Patrol’s new powers and old carelessness separated a family

Under Trump, Border Patrol agents wield nearly unchecked power over the fate of migrants — and their seemingly random decisions can cleave families apart. by Dara Lind, ProPublica Jan. 31, Mirza had a sense of foreboding…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing economic justice Housing displacement Labor Off the wire OtherWords People Politics Poor Peoples Campaign Poverty Social Justice

Learning from King’s last campaign

Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful. Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Analysis Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Off the wire Poverty Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Social Justice

3 ways HUD is using regulatory attacks to dismantle fair housing protections

More than 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the ultimate goal of the law—to eliminate all forms of housing discrimination and end residential segregation—is still far from reach. By Areeba Haider…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing economic justice Environment Environmental Justice News Social Justice world Youth

‘We Have so much more to do,’ youth climate activists declare as global elite close out Davos forum

“It is time to get out of our comfort zones.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Youth climate activists marched through the streets of Davos, Switzerland Friday as the World Economic Forum wrapped up in a Fridays…

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The cynicism of emergency aid for Puerto Rico

Newark    There seem to be no limits to the vengeful pettiness of President Trump and his administration.  Nowhere is that clearer than looking at the deliberate obstacles placed in the way of Puerto Rico’s recovery –…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Community organizing Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

The big, fat, long tail of neighborhood segregation

Manchester     The “long tail” is a tech-marketing concept that pundits and futurists promote with some enthusiasm.  The heart of it is that some businesses, especially enabled by the internet and the Amazon world view, could make…

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Posted in economic justice Economy News Off the wire Poverty Senior Citizens Social Justice

Turning gray and into the red: The true cost of growing old in America

Are you economically ready for old age? Shutterstock Jan Mutchler, University of Massachusetts Boston The U.S. population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country’s children for…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy economic justice Labor Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice Working Class

“Power and Respect for the Working Class”

New Orleans   I’m sorry, but whenever there’s a subhead in the Wall Street Journal in bold, italics heralding “Power and Respect for the Working Class,” it’s a signal that we have to pay special attention to…

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Posted in Arizona Environmental Justice First Nations Immigration Justice Mexico Off the wire Rez Life Social Justice Southern O'odham Tonto O'odham

For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an ‘imaginary line’

By Christina Leza, Colorado College March 19, 2019  Immigration restrictions were making life difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the U.S.-Mexico border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency…

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Prisoners at Parchment Prison
Posted in Columns Community organizing Courts/justice Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

The issue at Parchman Prison is bad conditions not cellphones

Amsterdam      If Parchman Prison in the fertile Mississippi River delta of Sunflower County is in the news, it means there’s bad news, never good news.  Parchman is the only men’s state prison in Mississippi.  Parchman is…

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Posted in Art Columns Community organizing Off the wire Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

Teaching history through art: “The Uninvited”

New Orleans       In a post-Christmas present, our crew was invited to an opening night play.  Top that, bam! The staging was at the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses in the heart of the French Quarter…

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Signing of CRA in 1977
Posted in Banks Columns Community organizing economic justice Economy Housing Policy National Off the wire Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

City National Bank Shows Why Some CRA Proposals are Wrong

New Orleans      There’s a big split within the federal banking establishment about what to do about revisions to the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act.  This is not your run of the mill, chest thumping, and elbow…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

Disparate neighborhood policing strategies

New Orleans       The headline may have said that Iran sent twenty missiles at two Iraqi bases where US troops and materials were stationed, but the picture in my local paper was equally disturbing.  It showed…

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The family walks along public land near Marisela’s home in Flagstaff.
Posted in Arizona Community Courts/justice Immigration National News Off the wire Social Justice The West

To find Jose Montelongo, ICE agents targeted his whole family

One family’s ordeal under Trump’s zero tolerance immigration tactics. *Note: Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals By Sarah Tory High Country News One afternoon last April (2019), a group of agents with…

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Posted in Community economic justice First Nations National News Off the wire Politics Social Justice The West

When disaster strikes, Indigenous communities receive unequal recovery aid

U.S. citizens recovering from natural disasters receive $26 per person, per year from the federal government. Tribal citizens? Just $3. By Allison Herrera High Country News In the last decade, more than 70 natural disasters have…

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In 1976, after most Freedom Summer workers had long moved on, Blackwell became the first black female mayor in the state, a post she held for more than 20 years.
Posted in Columns Community organizing economic justice National Off the wire People Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Unita Blackwell’s life and work is a beacon for us all

New Orleans       At the end of every year, there’s a section in the New York Times about the “lives they lived” that looks at people large and small that died during the past year.  Unita…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing economic justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

A New Year, A New Decade

San Juan    2020, nice round numbers with a good solid sound. A new year. A new decade. We always hope for the best and settle for the rest. Living in the United States, after three…

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Posted in Banks Columns Community organizing Economy Income Equality Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

Debt means “Can’t Win for Losing”

Ponce       Arkansas Community Organizations, one of KABF and ACORN’s partners on many projects, especially those involving financial security for low-and-moderate income families, recently released a report about major debt that is oppressing these families.  The…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Environment First Nations First Peoples News San Carlos Apache Social Justice

Apaches standing strong defending sacred Oak Flat from mining

By Sandra Rambler, Censored News Chi’Chil’Bilda’Goteel (Oak Flat) — How do you respond to a White Man whose name is Paul Gosar, an Arizona Congressman who recently said, “You’re still wards of the government.” And then…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice world

Are Hong Kong protestors caught in a box canyon?

Ponce, Puerto Rico   The Hong Kong protests continue unabated as the year ends, having begun on March 15, 2019, and definitely serving as a benchmark for the year.  Over Christmas, the protests moved once again into…

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Posted in Environment National News Social Justice

Small communities across the U.S. struggle to cope in the shadow of larger disasters

By Justine Coleman and Isaac Windes, Investigative Reporting Workshop Katrina. Sandy. Harvey. Maria. Each was a disaster of shattering magnitude, battering America’s shores over the past two decades. But between these pivotal storms lie hundreds of…

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