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B. Loewe
Mag-Net hosted a call on media and cultural strategies within the immigrant rights movement. Listen to the discussion: May 1st marks May Day, also known as International Workers Day. On May 1st, 1886, nearly a half a million immigrants went on a general strike to fight for a 8-hour workday.  Over a hundred years later, starting in 2006, again millions of immigrant workers and supporters participated in May Day protests against H.R. 4437, a draconian anti-immigrant bill.   Even today, the majority of May Day protests are led by immigrants.
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As the momentum for meaningful immigration reform continues to build, one person who stands out as moving in the opposite direction is ICE Director John Morton.   His record as director and as the person who has overseen the expansion of immigration enforcement and the resulting record deportations during the Obama Presidency has prompted organizations to call for his firing and has created a credibility issue for the administration.As Morton is called to testify in front of Congress, below are five questions we would like to see asked.   
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While President Obama has repeatedly pledged to make immigration reform a centerpiece of his next term, not one question was asked of him on this topic by reporters during yesterday's White House press conference.   Though the debt ceiling was the issue of the day, it is fair to assume immigration will take center stage in future White House press briefings.   To clarify and define what can be expected of President Obama's reform proposal, and to further advance the national debate about immigration reform, tough questions should be asked that cut through political spin and rhetoric.   Below are just a few specific questions that we at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network feel should be asked of the White House.  We encourage others to add their questions below in the comment section. 
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B. Loewe
[En Español aquí] While President Obama has repeatedly pledged to make immigration reform a centerpiece of his next term, not one question was asked of him on this topic by reporters during yesterday's White House press conference.   Though the debt ceiling was the issue of the day, it is fair to assume immigration will take center stage in future White House press briefings.   To clarify and define what can be expected of President Obama's reform proposal, and to further advance the national debate about immigration reform, tough questions should be asked that cut through political spin and rhetoric.   Below are just a few specific questions that we at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network feel should be asked of the White House.  
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B. Loewe
Shortly after the 2010 passage ofSB 1070, Arizona’s notorious immigration bill, 20,000 people gathered in Phoenix for a May Day march to protest the new law. Instead of ending with speakers or a formal program, as political marches often do, organizers broke the crowd into small groups and asked them two questions: How will the new law impact you and your neighbors? What can you do about it? And with that, a new phase of the migrant rights movement, based on an age-old model of community organizing, was born. b. loewebarrio defenseglahrpuenteyes magazine
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Satire becomes reality with Romney 'self-deportation' answer
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“This is a little embarrassing to admit,” began Governor Deal at an official press briefing. “it turns out, contrary to popular belief, the state of Georgia was not founded in 1732. It has been around much longer than that.”The governor was speaking among what pundits are calling a political shake-up following the monumental discovery of a 1,1000 year old site of Mayan ruins in the foothills of the state’s tallest mountain, Brasstown Bald.  Jim Gallonay of the Atlanta Journal explained, “politicians have been getting a lot of mileage out of beating up on immigrants. The fact that people migrating here might be able to trace their lineage further back than the pilgrims causes a problem for that line of attack.” Alicia Hernandez, an indigenous rights organizer, commented, “We are not immigrants on our own continent.”  Hernandez has called for the US to ratify the UN Treaty on Indigenous Rights and has been vocal opposition to laws such as recently passed HB87. The discovery has become the number one discussion across the state. In Ms. Finkel’s fifth grade class at Washington Carver Elementary, Michael, a student there, “It’s kinda like when you put something on your seat so people know you have dibs but when you come back someone else is sitting there and won’t give it back. It’s not fair.” Officials are still scrambling to adjust to the revelation. An Immigration and Customs Officer speaking on condition of anonymity said the agency doesn’t know what to do with the hundreds of immigrants currently identified for deportation through its partnership with local police. “All this time, we’ve been saying ‘show me your papers.’ Those ruins over in the North seem to serve as some pretty heavy documents.”  
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B. Loewe
State Feels Spurned by Anti-immigrants’ Expanded Focus “I used to be Tanton’s one and only,” Arizona sobbed in a confessional interview last week, speaking of John Tanton the head of the FAIR network responsible for today’s anti-immigrant climate. Arizona called for the interview last week after attention began to drift as other states such as Kentucky and Mississippi introduced and passed SB 1070-like legislation in their own legislatures.
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B. Loewe
End of United States’ ‘World-Wide Welcome’ Prompts Request 12.09.2010 – New York, NY 2010 may mark the year of international embarrassment for the United States. For the first time, this year marked the President submitting findings to the United Nations Human Rights review. After Arizona’s state law proved an international embarrassment for the United States, the country finds itself in a new diplomatic quandary.
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Following the press conference of Arizona state legislator Russell Pearce in which he offered his amendment to the constitution to deny citizen ship to “anchor babies” or rather the first generation citizens born in the US, the Nautical Association of Sea Captains held their own press conference to refute Pearce’s claims.