human rights


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The Rape of a 14 Year-old is not About Immigration

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (3 minute read)   I’m struck with the power that reporters and politicos have to frame issues. I’ve read today several accounts of the same story, and I’ll reference the Baltimore Sun because the story in question is from that city: Rape at Rockville High gets drawn into immigration debate Here’s

Friday, February 10th, 2017

This Week’s Anti-ICE Protests May Signal That Immigration Activism Has Entered a New Era

*Why you should read this: Because this kind of analysis  is missing from mainstream media. Because there’s momentum building across the country. VL By Adriana Cataño, Remezcla (4.5 minute read)   fter Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested...

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Obama Commutes Sentence of F.A.L.N. Member Oscar Lopez Rivera

*Why you should read this: Because the international movement to free Lopez Rivera has been growing for years. Because his sentence was considered excessive. Because he is the only FALN member still in prison. VL By Christopher...

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

For Female Farmworkers, Work Never Stops

*From the article: ” This story uplifts the voices of women who find themselves stuck in cycles of poverty.” VL By Paulina Rojas, Coachella Unincporporates/New America Media (8 minute read)   NAM Editor’s Note: Stories about female farmworkers...

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

A Poor Christmas for Latino Elders on LA Streets

*Don’t mean to dampen your holiday mood, but this is important and not only in LA: “Twelve percent of the 7.1 million people the Regional Food Bank serves annually, more than 850,000 are 65 and older. Of...

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Standing Rock Youth Put Pressure on Presidential Candidates to Oppose Dakota Access Pipeline

*President Barack Obama had a private meeting with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier on Tuesday. Reports are that the meeting went as “expected.” VL By Yessenia Funes, Colorlines (2 minute read) Ten Standing Rock Sioux...

Friday, October 21st, 2016

The History of Donald Trump’s Definite Article

*When you add the word “the” before you mention a group of people – like Donald Trump does with “the Mexicans” – they are no longer individual, they aren’t people, they are problems that must be dealt...

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Why Donald Trump says “the” before “Latinos” and “African Americans”

*How Trump uses language to separate white voters from “others.” VL By Jenée Desmond-Harris, Vox (5 minute read)  When Donald Trump talks about black and Latino people, he does something unusual — he uses the word “the”...

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The Interview: Lupe Valdez, Dallas’s Gay Latina Sheriff

*Dallas County’s gay Latina sheriff on changing the good ol’ boy system. -Texas Observer By Naveena Sadasivam, The Texas Observer (7 minute read) What are the unique challenges you face in holding this office? A lot of the Texas...

Friday, October 7th, 2016

The Latino Who Filmed The Eric Garner Video Is Behind Bars

*The night after he recorded the Eric Garner murder, cops drove by Ramsey Orta’s street, shinning lights into his house. VL By Christopher Mathias, Huffington Post (3.5 minute read)  The man who filmed the final moments of Eric...

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The White Working-Class Wasn’t Tricked Into Racism By Trump, They’ve Chosen It, Historically

*A great explanation of how Trumpism is not new. Exclusion and blame has been imbedded in white American culture and politics for hundreds of years. This is a very good read, worth your time. VL By Aaron...

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Female Janitors Who Suffered Abuse Score A Big Win In California

*This is powerful, and redeeming. VL By Kris Fortin, mitú (2.5 minute read) When everyone goes home from work, school or church, the space becomes the janitors domain. Many of these working class janitors tend to be women,...

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

DAPL Pipeline Destroys Sacred Grounds

*This is an important story, and it’s not getting anywhere near the attention it deserves. VL By Dave Archambault Sr., Indian Country News/New America Media (4.5 minute read) Dave Meyers is the owner of 8,100 acres that the DAPL...

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Historic Farmworker Overtime Bill Awaits Governor Brown’s Nod

*Do yourself a favor. Check you calendar and realize that it’s 2016 and this is just now happening. VL By Viji Sundaram, New America Media (2.5 minute read) After decades of pushing for fair pay, California farmworkers will...

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