Immigration Category

L’shana tova Time again, according to the Jewish calendar, to celebrate the New Years by looking inwards.  But we do not simply take account of our individual actions over the last year, we also look at our community’s actions.  Each year on Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur we traditionally recite the Viduy prayer.  No matter […]

The Garden by Scott Hamilton Kennedy (Black Valley Films) At Home In Utopia by Michal Goldman (Filmmakers Collaborative) Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s The Garden opens with aerial shots of South Central Farm, the 14-acre community garden founded by Latin@ immigrants and other citizens of Los Angeles; against the backdrop of gray warehouses and the L.A. skyline, […]

if the site hadn’t been hacked. ICE Raids hit the Bay Area a day after May Day, including scaring the shit out of kids at Berkeley schools After the exchange with Eden last week about transgender youth, I thought I’d plug this amazing, indepth interview series that NPR is doing right now on trans youth. […]

A Dream Deferred

In: Immigration, JVoices, Take Action, Youth

This video speaks for itself, riffing off of Langston Hughes’ poem, “A Dream Deferred.” Many of us have friends, classmates, former classmates and family members who know all too well how U.S. policies around immigration are failing the future of our country, and so many young people. Add your name to the pledge that Obama, […]

At what point does “obeying the law” become the wrong thing to do? I recently pondered this question when coming across a bumper sticker with the following words: NO FENCE. NO BORDER PATROL. LAND MINES! Hmmm… One wonders if the person who decided to place this bumper sticker on their car has ever had a […]

Since we got our first blogad tonight from Media Matters, it seemed apropos for another segment of “media not to be missed,” sometimes known as media mishegaas, especially because I want to highlight a few choice pieces. Hope everyone is having a wonderful chag! I had etrog schnapps for the first time, thanks to Netivot […]

On the road, so for simplicity’s sake, here’s ACLU’s release: Judge Issues Order After Lawsuit Is Filed by AFL-CIO, ACLU, and National Immigration Law Center SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge today issued an order temporarily blocking the government from implementing a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule that would cause U.S. citizens and […]

In recent years there’s been increasing awareness of Israel’s frequently inexplicable practice of the Law of Return, and the ways in which the Ultra-Orthodox have co-opted this to fan the flames of the “who is a Jew?” argument. Despite the strict methods they have for enforcing this policy, many immigrants from the former Soviet Union, […]

JVoices and Immigration

In: Immigration, JVoices, Local Organizing, Virginia

Yes, it’s happened. We’ve been cited as a source in this week’s Washington Jewish Week in a piece about the Virginia immigration legislation. I appreciate the love. It’s a bit funny I must admit. I do wish Greenberg had contacted me for a decent quote rather than pulling a quick blip from the site. And […]

Thank You Bob! Since it’s a TimeSelect piece, I’m pasting the whole article below. Indentured Servants in America By Bob Herbert New York Times March 13, 2007 A must-read for anyone who favors an expansion of guest worker programs in the U.S. is a stunning new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center that details […]