Category Archives: human rights

The Film | The Borinqueneers

The Borinqueneers, the first major documentary to chronicle the never-before-told story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in the history of the U.S. Army.  A one-hour version of this award-winning film premiered nationally on PBS in 2007 and on WTJX (the U.S. Virgin Islands\’ PBS station) in 2011.  A Spanish expanded version was broadcast on WIPR (Puerto Rico\’s PBS station).  The Armed Forces Network (AFN) is airing the film to more than 850,000 U.S. troops overseas.   Many screenings have been organized in various major cities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

via The Film | The Borinqueneers.

Records Show ICE Still Targets Non-Criminal Immigrants | Fronteras Desk

To focus on serious criminals takes serious work – that’s why thy still focus on what they think is easy picking! Fail!

A new study shows that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have ignored orders to only target people living here illegally who pose a public risk. It’s a policy that ICE has faced criticism for before and announced it would put a stop to.

via Records Show ICE Still Targets Non-Criminal Immigrants | Fronteras Desk.

How the Shutdown Is Hurting Low-Income Families | National Women’s Law Center

Federal payments for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which provides food and services to millions of low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children each month, are suspended during the shutdown. While states may be able to keep the program running for a few more weeks, some WIC clinics are already closing, and more will run out of funds as the shutdown drags on.

The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program is a block grant to states to fund cash assistance, work supports, and other services for low-income children and parents (mostly single mothers). Federal TANF funding expired September 30, so states will have to advance the funds until the shutdown ends – or stop providing benefits, as Arizona did on Wednesday, cutting off assistance to over 5,000 low-income families.

On Tuesday, the federal government could not distribute funds to 23 Head Start programs that were scheduled to receive their annual grant that day; those 23 programs, which serve nearly 19,000 children from low-income families, will be forced to close. Prior to October 1, another 57,000 children had already lost Head Start services due to sequester cuts. While most Head Start programs can continue to operate for a while, an extended shutdown will put more grants at risk.

Meals on Wheels, which provides food for low-income, homebound seniors, has also cut services this year due to sequestration; without any new federal funding under the shutdown, the program will only be able to operate for another week or two without making more cuts. Elderly women, who live longer than men and are more likely to be poor, are especially at risk from cuts to nutrition assistance.

The federal agency that distributes Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds to domestic violence programs across the country announced that it will close if the shutdown lasts beyond today – meaning programs that rely on VAWA funding may soon reduce services. Many of these programs, too, have already been affected by sequester cuts that have eliminated access to recovery programs and shelters for an estimated 70, 120 victims of domestic violence.

via How the Shutdown Is Hurting Low-Income Families | National Women’s Law Center.

SPAM/SPIN/GOP! Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 75) making continuing appropriations for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules; and for other purposes. (H.Res. 371) – GovTrack.us

Can’t pass the US budget but will propose passing hot button items piecemeal so they can claim – I was for WIC – NOT. Mothers and their children are out of luck now!

appropriations for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules; and for other purposes.

Introduced:

Oct 03, 2013

Sponsor:

Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK4]

via Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 75) making continuing appropriations for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules; and for other purposes. (H.Res. 371) – GovTrack.us.

Settlers destroy 50 olive trees south of Hebron | Maan News Agency

If a group of Palestinians killed 50 sheep or goats, or destroyed 50 tractors belonging to settlers – what do you think would happen? Remind anyone of how indigenous people were/are treated in US, Australia, Canada, Peru, Chile, Mexico…?

If the US had lost the War of 1812 or WWII, this could have been our future. Why do we do so little to end this un-democratic and inhumane behavior?

A group of Israeli settlers destroyed over 50 olive trees in the south Hebron hills on Thursday, locals said.

Palestinian farmer Jaber Ali Shatat told Ma’an that settlers from Susiya raided agricultural land next to the illegal settlement and damaged 50 trees.

via Settlers destroy 50 olive trees south of Hebron | Maan News Agency.

Government shutdown hurts local volunteers – KATV – Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Ashley Moses drove from Georgia in August for the position. She says, “I just wanted a job where I felt I was making an impact in the community and it is personally fulfilling for me. It’s a great way to give back to my country.”

But the government shutdown now impacts her daily life. “I have my rent bills, utilities, gas and student loan payments. It’s a lot on my plate and to me it is worth it to serve but it’s hard if you don’t know you are going to get paid.”

“This jeopardizes not just their livelihood, but all of Our Houses operations.” Georgia Mjartan adds. Georgia is the Executive Director of Our House. She says AmeriCorps VISTA members coordinate the 77,000 meals a year, volunteer services, children’s programs and the adult education center. “They are making a sacrifice to do national service and the national government is not there to help them in their time of need.”

via Government shutdown hurts local volunteers – KATV – Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports.

Israel demolishes Palestinian home in the Negev | Maan News Agency

“The owner has eight children who will come back from school to find they don’t have a home anymore, there is great resentment in the village. We did not refuse to negotiate with the Israeli authorities about the future of the village, but they treat us brutally,” Abu Affash added.

Palestinian member of the Knesset Talab Abu Arar said that this is the beginning of the Prawer Plan, even though it wasn’t officially confirmed by the Israeli government.

“If a Jewish man was taken out of his house because he didn’t pay his rent, the Israeli authorities would provide a home for him, but for Arabs their houses are demolished and they’re left out in the streets,” he added.

In August, Israeli forces destroyed three Palestinian homes in the Negev.

The Israeli government in January approved the Prawer-Begin Bill, calling for the relocation of 30,000 – 40,000 Bedouin, the demolition of about 40 villages and the confiscation of more than 700,000 dunams of land in the Negev.

via Israel demolishes Palestinian home in the Negev | Maan News Agency.

Roma and Sinti in Berlin Often Sleep in Cars – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Marietta herself speaks of local residents who always look at her angrily and who bark “German words” at her that she does not understand. Young people have spat on her.

Antiziganism is widespread. In a long-term study two years ago, more than 40 percent of respondents said that they would have a problem if Sinti and Roma were staying in their neighborhood. About a quarter of participants expressed the view that Sinti and Roma should be “banished from the inner cities.”

via Roma and Sinti in Berlin Often Sleep in Cars – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

VIDEO: Filmpoem “Prayer of Fear” Stuns Egypt · Global Voices

The Egyptian citizen collective Mosireen has been tirelessly documenting the #Jan25 revolution and the events that followed in images and documentaries. One of their very last creations is “Prayer of Fear”, a filmpoem by Mahmoud Ezzat narrated by Mosireen member Salma Said. Between roving and painful memories, the filmpoem stuns with its disarming sincerity and humanity.

…Are we winning?

Or in line for slaughter?

Is the question shameful?

Or is the silence worse?

Should we scavenge the spoils?

Or count the corpses?

Did we open the way?

Or is the path destroyed?…

via VIDEO: Filmpoem “Prayer of Fear” Stuns Egypt · Global Voices.