Outrage over House amendment to deport DREAMers, stricter Senate immigration measures

NBC Latino

DREAMERs as well as immigration reform activists and civil rights groups have been swiftly condemning the amendment filed by Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King, which calls for stripping away the Administration’s policy to keep DREAMers from deportation through deferred action (DACA).  Rep. King stated the law allows for no distinction between undocumented immigrants, whether they be DREAMers or those convicted of crimes.

“Representative Steve King, an anti-immigrant extremist with a history of attacking our community, is up to his old tricks,” said United We Dream’s Cristina Jimenez.  “Now, some House Republicans are making their demands clear—a return to deporting DREAMers!” she added.  Pro-reform America’s Voices said the House made a big mistake, consider the public’s support for DREAMERs.  “It’s unthinkable,” said Sharry.

The White House weighed in too.    “It asks law enforcement to treat these Dreamers the same way as they would violent criminals,” said White House press secretary…

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Hops, Sour Cherry Trees And Kale Growing On Waldorf Astoria Rooftop: Gothamist

The honeybee hives atop the Waldorf Astoria hotel don’t have to travel far for their pollen sources. The iconic hotel made good on a promise to open a chef’s garden in the bees’ backyard, which they unveiled at a media event this week. The hotel has installed nine raised plantings beds on a 20th Floor rooftop space in addition to several large planters with a few kinds of fruit trees.

via Hops, Sour Cherry Trees And Kale Growing On Waldorf Astoria Rooftop: Gothamist.

RECENT LEGISLATION: North Carolina Legislators Vote to Repeal Racial Justice Act | Death Penalty Information Center – Rights won can be lost – vote and remember

On June 5, legislators in North Carolina voted to repeal the Racial Justice Act, which had allowed death row inmates to challenge their sentences based on claims of racial bias. The Racial Justice Act was the only law of its kind that allowed inmates to use statistical evidence to claim that race played a role in their trial. Since the law took effect in 2009, most of the inmates facing execution in North Carolina appealed their sentence under the act. In 2012, Marcus Robinson, who was the first defendant to receive a hearing under the Racial Justice Act, was re-sentenced to life without parole due to evidence of racial bias in jury selection. Representative Darren Jackson expressed his disappointment at the repeal of the law. Johnson said, “[W]e voted for the RJA because we wanted the death penalty to be applied uniformly, without regard to race. Be it the perpetrator, the victim, or an individual juror, race should play no part in the process.”  Governor Pat McCrory has said he will sign the repeal bill.

via RECENT LEGISLATION: North Carolina Legislators Vote to Repeal Racial Justice Act | Death Penalty Information Center.

234 years later, NH slaves are granted freedom – Wire National News – The Sacramento Bee

New Hampshire has posthumously emancipated 14 slaves who fought in the Revolutionary War and asked state lawmakers for their freedom more than 230 years ago.

A group of 20 slaves submitted a petition to the New Hampshire General Assembly on Nov. 12, 1779, while the war was still being fought. They argued that the freedom being sought by colonists should be extended to them, as well, and maintained that “public tyranny and slavery are alike detestable to minds conscious of the equal dignity of human nature.”

via 234 years later, NH slaves are granted freedom – Wire National News – The Sacramento Bee.

Mt. Healthy Hatchery | Food Safety News

The long-running multistate Salmonella outbreak tied to live poultry now appears to be over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In all, 195 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Lille were reported from 27 states, including two deaths. The CDC issued a final outbreak update…

Tags: live poultry, Mt. Healthy Hatchery, Salmonella

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2013 we do it again and there was an outbreak in 2011. What gives?

Salmonella | Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry | Apr, 2013 | CDC

A total of 98 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Lille, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Mbandaka have been reported from 21 states.

The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (3), California (2), Connecticut (3), Illinois (2), Kentucky (4), Maine (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (5), Minnesota (3), Mississippi (2), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (2), New York (8), North Carolina (5), Ohio (17), Pennsylvania (7), Tennessee (9), Virginia (3), Vermont (2), West Virginia (13), and Wisconsin (5).

27% of ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

44% of ill persons are children 10 years of age or younger.

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings have linked this outbreak of human Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Lille, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Mbandaka infections to contact with chicks, ducklings, and other live baby poultry from Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Ohio.

via Salmonella | Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry | Apr, 2013 | CDC.

At least, the second time this type of outbreak liked to this hatchery – what gives?

Missouri Governor Vetoes Anti-Sharia Bill | IMAGINE 2050

Missouri Governor Vetoes Anti-Sharia Bill

Posted on Friday, June 7th, 2013 at 1:04 pm. Written by Imagine 2050 Editors

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that would have prohibited judges from considering Sharia, or Islamic law, in their decisions.

Missouri would have become the seventh state to enact a law based on David Yerushalmi’s American Laws for American Courts model legislation. Similar bills are awaiting votes in the Texas and North Carolina legislatures.

Nixon said he vetoed the bill because of possible interferences with foreign adoptions. In the past, he has also called the bill unnecessary.

The bill was introduced by Republican State Sen. Brian Nieves, a staunch anti-immigrant legislator and member of the State Legislators for Legal Immigration, a coalition of lawmakers affiliated with other anti-immigrant groups. He also proposed an amendment to the state constitution last year calling for Missouri to secede from the United States.

Nieves could try to override Nixon’s veto, which would require a two-thirds majority in both chambers.

Anti-Muslim blogs, including Atlas Shrugs and BareNaked Islam have criticized Nixon for his veto, calling the act “traitorous.”

via Missouri Governor Vetoes Anti-Sharia Bill | IMAGINE 2050.

Protests in Turkey: How I became a ‘marginal, alcoholic looter’ | +972 Magazine

Although police attacks in Taksim have temporarily subsided, violent attacks continue in other neighborhoods and cities. We regret that media’s attention is entirely focused on Taksim, while other neighborhoods and cities are protesting for the same reasons, and are suffering heavy police violence. The police are attacking us with their gas and batons, but we have never and will never use violence. We are responding with our patience, our sense of humor, our music and our graffiti. More importantly, we use the power of our resistance.

We will not go home without some concrete answers from the government regarding the park and our freedoms. We have already disposed of the fear we faced during the first couple of days. Every time I am away from the park, I fear that somebody might be feeling that very same despair I felt in those first days, waiting for someone to come join us. This is why we try to spend as much time as we can in the area. With every passing day, Taksim is becoming more and more crowded.

Friday, May 31 was an unforgettable day. It was the day I became a marginal, alcoholic looter. But it was also the day I restored my trust in unity, solidarity and the power of my people.

via Protests in Turkey: How I became a ‘marginal, alcoholic looter’ | +972 Magazine.

The Day in Gun Violence – NYTimes.com

One person was shot at least once in the head in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, Thursday morning. The victim is in grave condition. The shooter remains at large. “We have to find something to cure this kind of violence and behavior in the neighborhood,” said Tim Williams, 49, who has lived in there for 15 years. “In the meantime, we will just continue to pray and look forward to other times.”

via The Day in Gun Violence – NYTimes.com.