Monthly Archives: August 2012

Caravan for Peace, cities of death

Mexican poet and activist Javier Sicilia, right, greets a supporter Sunday in Santa Fe. Sicilia is leading the Caravan for Peace across the United States. (Photo courtesy of Caravan4Peace)

Caravan in El Paso Monday, Tuesday

Editor’s note: The Caravan for Peace will be in El Paso on Monday and Tuesday. See events planned. See the group’s website here.

Kent Paterson

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If the Caravan for Peace and Justice with Dignity now crossing the U.S. had to pick a  city where all the issues it is raising

Javier Sicilia in Los Angeles. (Photo Courtesy of Caravan4Peace)

come together, perhaps no place would be better than Albuquerque.

A crossroads of cultures, conflict and commerce of all kinds, the Duke City is traversed by interstates and railways that move people and goods in all directions. Creeping toward a million people in the metro area, it is a place that grapples with high rates of drug abuse, gang and drug-related violence, governmental corruption and impunity in the justice system.

States respond to deferred deportation

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer at a book-signing in Phoenix on Nov. 5, 2011. (Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

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California and Arizona have a lot in common. They both were once part of Mexico, share the Colorado River and exchange mutual passions over their National League baseball teams. Both states were among the hardest-hit by the housing bust and Great Recession,  suffering foreclosures and fiscal crises.

Mexicans seek solidarity to end drug war

(Image courtesy of New America Media)

Caravan comes to El Paso Aug. 20-21

Editor’s note: The Caravan for Peace will be in El Paso on Monday and Tuesday. See events planned. See the group’s website here.

Valeria Fernández

New America Media

PHOENIX, Arizona—Araceli Rodriguez had prepared herself for her son’s death ever since he joined the federal police in Mexico City. But what she didn’t plan for was her son’s disappearance on Nov. 16th 2009. 

Deferred action gives hope to young immigrants, activists

Nathaly Uribe, center, spent most of the day Wednesday answering people’s questions about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process before they committed to standing in the long lines that formed outside of the Casa de Maryland multicultural center. (SHFWire photo by Matt Wettengel)

“To some people it’s just a policy change. To us it’s promise; it’s hope; it’s a future. It feels like we’re finally being accepted by the country that we call home.”

Also: Without documents, immigrant students struggle

Matthew Wettengel

 Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

LANGLEY PARK, Md. – Hundreds of young undocumented immigrants and their families swarmed the headquarters of Casa de Maryland’s Multicultural Center this week, eager for permission to remain in the country legally.

The crowd gathered at the organization’s office in a Washington suburb to learn about and in some cases submit their applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. President Barack Obama said immigrants who came to the U.S. as children who are in school or the military may apply to stay in the US and avoid deportation.

Data source: Migration Policy Institute analysis of 2006-08 and 2008-10 census data. (Graphic by Matt Wettengel)

People of all ages were present. Families came to support their eligible relatives, and some groups of friends accompanied each other, with their folders of paperwork in hand.

Nathaly Uribe, 17, an immigrant who lives in Glen Burnie, Md., was part of the crowd, but she was volunteering and answering questions about new program as best she could.

Without documents, immigrant students struggle to succeed

Also: Deferred action gives hope

Chelsea Boozer

Migration Policy Institute analysis of 2006-08 and 2008-10 census data. (Graphic by Matt Wettengel)

 Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

The bus to the University of California at Los Angeles campus took two hours to travel a distance that would take 20 minutes by car.

Sofia Campos took this bus ride twice a day during her first two years of college. As an undocumented immigrant born in Lima, Peru, and brought to the US when she was 6 years old, Campos can’t legally obtain a driver’s license.

The Mexican diaspora rises

Protesters with Mexico's #YoSoy 132 movement march June 30 at the Plaza de las 3 Culturas in Mexico City. (Photo courtesy Javier Armas via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

#YoSoy 132 movement finds worldwide support

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In less than three months, the Mexican youth movement #YoSoy 132 ( I am 132) has undergone a remarkable evolution.

Mexican supporters of the #YoSoy 132 movement are reflected in a water puddle during a June 30 march in Mexico City. (Photo courtesy Javier Armas via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

Beginning as a protest against Institutional Revolutionary Party presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto at the privately run Ibero-American University in Mexico City on May 11, the movement has since grown by leaps and bounds.

From the beginning, the 132 Movement linked issues-protesting the Televisa network’s long-running promotion of Peña Nieto and questioning the former governor and now virtual  president-elect’s role in the repression of protestors at San Salvador Atenco in 2006, an event in which dozens of female detainees were raped or sexually molested.

Lighting up the social networks, the 132 Movement soon appeared in numerous Mexican cities and even small towns. And it has gone international.

Mexican truckers stage national protest

“We are Mexicans who have a right to dignified work and dignified treatment, as our Constitution establishes.”

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Fed up with deepening economic and security problems, Mexican truckers conducted convoy protests that brought traffic to a crawl on some of the nation’s highways this week. Thousands of independent truckers affiliated with the Mexican Alliance of Transporter Organizations (AMOTAC) participated in actions in at least 12 states.

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