Donald Trump's presidential campaign capitalized and succeeded off the fear of "others," Chris Welzenbach, the author of this article defines "the other" as those who speak a different language, have a different religion, or look differently. These individuals have long been labeled as un-American, and Trump's campaign reached out to those in fear of people [...]
The Needham Free Public Library partnered with several community organizations, including the Needham Diversity Initiative, to present "One Book One Community." The book chosen was In The Country We Love, My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero. The short video below, from The Needham Channel, discusses the book, its implications, and the book discussions being hosted [...]
This heartbreaking Slate article features stories of detainees who have been targeted by Trump's harsh immigration enforcement but are not connected to crimes of violence. In fact, "fewer than 9 percent of the detainees whom ICE calls "criminal aliens" have been connected to crimes of violence. The Columbia Journalism School's Global Migration Project has been [...]
This video shown on Democracy Now shows San Diego CBP agents encouraging and allowing Mexican teen, Cruz Velazquez, to drink from a bottle of liquid methamphetamine, which caused his death. In 2013, the teen crossed the border with two bottles of liquid meth which he claimed to be apple juice. The agents, who suspected the [...]
If your town or city is considering becoming a “sanctuary city”, in Massachusetts you are not alone in this pursuit. Since the presidential election more than a half-dozen towns and cities have already voted on the matter. "Once the new administration took office, we saw this trend where a lot of cities and towns wanted [...]
Jay Gonzalez, a Needham Democrat, announced he will run for governor next year. Admirably, he has started his campaign by emphasizing diversity and sanctuary, including support for the Safe Communities Act. From his recent interview with the Needham Times: "I’m convinced that fear about different people, differences among people, are usually a function of a [...]
Pedro Pirez of Tara Construction Do employers now feel that they have free reign to abuse and steal wages from undocumented workers? It appears that may now be the case. Jose Flores, a thirty-seven year old immigrant from Honduras, was working for Tara Construction, when his leg was broken on a job site. [...]
Life in an ICE detention center on Mother's Day: https://theintercept.com/2017/05/14/mothers-day-in-an-ice-detention-center/
After ICE Stakes Out a Church Homeless Shelter, Charities Worry Immigrants Will Fear Getting Help Read the full article on The Intercept.
Alarmed by President Trump’s increasingly hostile stances, several local school departments have sought to reassure parents, students, and teachers that protections remain in place for immigrant and transgender students. Read the full story on the Boston Globe's website.