Remember when the Senate immigration bill was heralded as a huge victory a few months ago? While most progressive groups swallowed the bitter pill of one-sided compromise that drastically increased border militarization and ignored workers rights, few groups bravely spoke out against it, which we covered in a previous edition of the App.
With the US teetering on the edge of an “undeclared” war against Syria, the App did a little research this past week into how views and perspectives on the imminent war were playing out in Arab-American communities. We learned from a report in the Arab American News, a paper in Dearborn, Michigan, home to the largest Arab-American community in the country that some 200 demonstrators at a rally there last Thursday criticized President Barack Obama’s Administration for its involvement in the Syrian crisis.
It's no secret that there are long-term consequences of poverty. Health outcomes by income and race, much like education outcomes, show a clear correlation between being low-income and suffering health problems. Infant mortality is more than twice as high among African-Americans as among whites.
Moral Mondays and “Fusion Politics” Organizing
As the nation commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington last month, Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal issued statements claiming that America’s problem is “people being too proud of their ethnic identities and emphasizing their separateness.”
When 250,000 marchers converged on Washington in August 1963, the issues were jobs and freedom. Now, as the crowds came together to mark the 50th anniversary of that seminal event in the civil rights movement, those issues have been joined by others, including one, immigration reform, that wasn't nearly on the political radar then like it is today.
"They were fighting for equality, and that's exactly what we're fighting for," said Mikhel Crichlow, 28, a native of Trinidad and Tobago now living in Brooklyn. Crichlow said he was going to Washington for the commemoration.
Youth Will Carry the Torch as Washington, DC Prepares to Mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington
Civil rights and social justice groups from around the country will be convening in Washington DC from Aug 22-28 to construct a new political agenda for the country as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.