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Victory in Arizona: What’s next? Marissa Graciosa, Reform Immigration FOR America

 A major win
 for our communities in Arizona

In April 2010, Reform Immigration FOR America and our partners supported our communities when Arizona passed the most extreme anti-immigrant bill in the United States. We held vigils. We rallied in the streets. We boycotted. Today, we stand behind Arizonans again, but for a very different purpose.


 Voters in Arizona’s District 18 ousted Russell Pearce, the architect of the hate-filled bill SB 1070, Tuesday night. He’s being replaced by Jerry Lewis, a pro-immigrant candidate committed to reforming our immigration policies in a humane, just way.

 This victory is a big one and we’re going to shout it from the rooftops.   http://act.reformimmigrationforamerica.org/go/1129?akid=776.164689.ecXJBU&t=5

 Pearce’s bill set the devastating tone for the rest of the nation’s immigration policies over the last 18 months. Anti-immigrant copycat bills were introduced in several states and a few were even passed. In Alabama, state legislators used SB1070 as the model to create the most extreme anti-immigrant bill in the country.

 Join us on Facebook to talk about what this victory means for our communities.

 By ousting Pearce, we’ve shown we’re resilient, we’re powerful, and we’re going to keep fighting for our rights. In 2012, anti-immigrant legislators will now have to think twice before pursuing anti-immigrant policies in our states.

 Congratulations on this victory,

 Marissa Graciosa
 Reform Immigration FOR America

Immigrants For Sale … BraVenew Foundation

Enough is Enough.

Georgia is now the latest state to pass an anti-immigrant bill like Arizona SB1070, with Governor Nathan Deal expected to sign anytime soon. Georgia is also home to the largest private prison in the country. Like Georgia, other states with similar bills have fallen prey to the greedy hands of private prison corporations. Our immigrant communities are for sale in this country. They are being sold to private prison corporations who are locking them up for obscene profits. It is not only a very lucrative business but one that is putting our Latino community at risk.

WATCH the Video

Immigrants For Sale


Here are 3 facts you need know and share with friends and family about the Private Prison money scheme:

The victims: Private prisons don’t care about who they lock up. At a rate of $200 per immigrant a night at their prisons, this is a money making scheme that destroys families and lives.

The players: CCA (Corrections Corporation of America), The Geo Group and Management and Training corporations—combined these private prisons currently profit more than $5 billion a year.

The money: These private prisons have spent over $20 million lobbying state legislators to make sure they get state anti-immigrant laws approved and ensure access to more immigrant inmates.

How is all this possible? They profit from locking people up.

Will you stand with Cuéntame’s “Immigrants For Sale” campaign and become part of a nationwide network of Prison Watchers as we follow and expose the players, the money and the victims in this corrupt money making racket? YES, I WANT TO!


Axel Caballero, Ofelia Yañez

and the rest of the Cuéntame team

warpy Wednesday &some News

Winter continues even though that groundhog said we would have an early spring. i guess that depends on what part of the U.S. you are in. It is windy,cold and  snowing here so let the bad driving commence.  Today is a good day to take a deep breath through the nose reach up to the sky and slowly release your breath slowly through your mouth and lower your arms …repeat as needed. It is also a day to mourn, definitely a moment to see what is going on in America right now and a time to fight.

Next week Congress will be back in session hopefully willing to act on behalf of all Americans and not just for their own agendas, good luck with that right. It is time for the Democratic Party to unite in solidarity on the floor of Congress for “We the People, challenge Republicans and call their bluffs to vote against their fellow Americans which they have been succeeding at until the recent uprisings in various states by Working Families. It is obvious Republican constituents fall into a few categories, some are complicit supporters of exclusion and discrimination, a few are too busy looking at that shiny thing the Republican Tea Party is waving while others are oblivious to reality. The reality being that life as we all know it as Americans is about to change with the worst impact being on women, kids and minorities with some belonging to public or private unions while all are apart of working families.  The fight to keep democracy intact is on and those of us that are on the side of families must not give up. In Solidarity

the Democratic Party is definitely trying to get Americans back on track and the Republicans who want more of the Bush era which if you were paying attention allowed Corporations to bet against us with all the Profits being hoarded by them and our 401K being stripped, stolen and or lost completely.

The question is will Republican constituents continue to prefer the status quo or see the opportunity to move into the 21st Century

Other News …

 **U.S. decades behind other countries in parental leave report says …for complete article by David Crary-Assoc Press

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker his words condemning the unions have no rights

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBnSv3a6Nh4    

Part 2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3a2pYGr7-k

**Pro-Union website blocked in Wisconsin Capitol


**Democratic legislators have gone to Illinois to avoid a vote to shut down the rights of pub and private union workers to bargain…give people a chance to understand what republicans are asking them to vote on and for

**Stocks are poised for higher open afer sell-off

**Illinois seeks to borrow $3.7 billion to shore up pension shortfall

 **Gov.Walker refuses to negotiate with public and private unions

**Rahm Emanuel takes the oath to the office of Mayor on May 16th

*Ghadafi vows to die a “martyr”? — Interior minster resigns than kill his own people

**Bahrain releases prisoners as king leaves country

**Dems dare GOP to shutdown the Federal Government

**Texas Rep. says he will turn illegal immigrants to members of Congress



Bank Industry Profits $21.7B in 4Q


Experts Examine Unrest in the Middle East


State briefing: c‑span.org at Noon ET

WH briefing: C‑SPAN at 12:30pm ET

3:30pm ET: Carnegie Discussion on Economic Impact of Unrest in the Arab World

Libya unrest rattles markets; oil prices jump http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9LHUKEG0.htm

President Obama’s economic strategy is examined today in a number of Washington events highlighting financial reform, the President’s spending plans and the Presidential Debt Commission. http://c-span.com/Events/Challenges-Facing-President-Obama39s-Budget-Financial-Reforms/10737419740/

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the United States is focused on getting American citizens out of Libya. There are about thirty-five nonessential U.S. embassy employees and family members who were ordered out because of the violence in that country. Other topics at this daily briefing include the four American hostages killed by Somali pirates and an American diplomat jailed in Pakistan.


Jason Furman, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council spoke at an event hosted by the New Democratic Council (NDN) about President Obama’s “Winning the Future” initiative. http://c-span.com/Events/New-Democratic-Network-NDN-Discussion-on-quotWinning-the-Futurequot/10737419774/

GOD Doesn’t Discriminate, Why Should Utah?

Send a giant message to Utah state officials

Click Here To Donate | Watch The Video


Brave New Foundation‘s Cuéntame, led the fight against the draconian Arizona anti-immigration law: SB1070. It is no surprise that organizations and individuals linked to white supremacist and nativist groups were behind the Arizona law and it should be no surprise that these same groups are trying to spread their views to neighboring Utah. Their plan is to go state by state and pass fringe legislation with the support of radical local and state representatives. Just like we did in Arizona, we are ready to put up a fight, no matter which state is targeted by these extremist groups!

Please help us in our next step to send a giant message to Utah state officials.

It is in moments like these when Cuentame and the Latino community need you the most. We can’t sit still and watch as racism is veiled under unconstitutional and regressive legislation. We must keep fighting these unjust laws that will effectively institutionalize discrimination against our Latino community.

Watch the video exposing Utah officials and the groups behind the Arizona and Utah laws.

If you can help us raise $10,000 by Monday, January 25th, Cuéntame will be able to purchase a billboard on downtown Salt Lake City showing the law for what it really is.

Can you donate $10 so that we can send a powerful message to the Utah government that we will not tolerate blatant discrimination against any minority group?

Thank you for your support.


Axel Caballero, Ofelia Yañez

and the Cuéntame team

Pols’ 12 Most Racist Claims | European Xenophobia Rising | New Immi Law Embraces Racial Profiling

Finally, an Immigration Bill that Embraces Racial Profiling!

Snyder’s bill tells police to drop their “reasonable suspicions” of anyone hailing from dozens of countries full of white people. How is that not racial profiling?READ MORE

Travis Packer / Immigration Impact

As Election Looms, Observers Are Watching AZ Immigration Law Case Closely

SB 1070’s impact has gone beyond Arizona races as the law has become part of the national immigration debate. READ MORE

Valeria Fernandez / New America Media

Thousands of Migrants Detained in Remote Facilities with Limited Access to Legal Counsel 

The unnecessary, expensive and inhumane detention of people who are not dangers to our communities prevents a fair day in court for detainees. READ MORE

By Joan Flanagan / Imagine 2050

Undocumented Mexican immigrants are searched while being in-processed at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), center in Phoenix, Arizona. Thousands of mostly Hispanic immigrants will march in US cities Saturday to press for immigration reform and condemn Arizona's controversial new immigration law, organizers said. 28 out of 33 Recommendations for ICE Changes Have Been Overlooked 

The OIG report shows that ICE talks about its priorities, but doesn’t have actual mechanisms to meet them by measuring progress or ensuring compliance. READ MORE

By Michele Waslin / Immigration Impact

The 12 Most Outrageous Statements Politicos Have Made About Immigration During the 2010 Campaign

From threats of violence against immigrants to calls for mass deportation, candidates across the country are unleashing a torrent of hate speech. READ MORE

/ America’s Voice

Federal Court to AZ: Your Anti-Poor, Anti-Immigrant Voter Law Is Not OK 

Lauren Kelley

Tea Party Loyalists Biased Against Blacks, Latinos, Immigrants, & Gays 

Chip Berlet

Sharron Angle Pits Brown Against White in Another Racist Anti-Immigrant Attack Ad



Slavoj Zizek: Why Far Right and Xenophobic Politicians Are on the Rise in Europe

Zizek: I really am worried about how the far right is setting the general political agenda, even while being in the minority. READ MORE

By Amy Goodman, Slavoj Zizek / Democracy Now!