human rights


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 Tribe youth have left the frontlines of the Dakota Access Pipeline battle to visit New York City today

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...

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

America’s ‘toughest sheriff’ should face jail time, judge says

*The clincher here is that even if the prosecutor decides to not go after Arpaio, Judge Snow can appoint a special prosecutor. Arpaio, by the way, is up for reelection. VL By Nicolas Loffredo, Newsweek (4 minute read)...

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Roughly half of Hispanics have experienced discrimination

*Latino millennials say they’ve experienced discrimination more than other age groups. Why do you think that is? (Without disparaging millennials . . .)VL By Jens Manuel Krogstad and Gustavo López, Pew Research Center Factank About half of...

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

In Orlando, Muslim Latina Mourns Victims, Spreads Message of Tolerance

*A beautiful example of diversity within the Latino community. VL By Victoria Moll-Ramírez, NBC News ORLANDO, Fla. — Vanessa Huesos is a teacher who arrived to Orlando from Puerto Rico over 20 years ago. She grew up...

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Puerto Rican farmworkers fired for being less productive than Mexicans, they claim

*I hate it when Latinos are pitted againast each other. VL By Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News Latino (2.5 minute read) A group of Puerto Rican farmworkers who were brought to Michigan to work on a farm allege in...

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Police will not face charges in Pasco shooting death of Mexican man

*It’s been seven months since the fatal shooting in Pasco, Washington. Franklin County prosecutor Shawn Sant says the police officers actions were “reasonable under the standards established in our state laws.” VL By James Lartey and Jon Swaine,...

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