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White House Petition to Stop Drones

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dionthesocialist:

Hey, Dion, this isn’t quite a submission, but I can’t put links in the ask. I know you’re a vocal opponent of Obama’s brown-people-killing, and I’ve started a petition on the white house website to stop the drone strikes. Obviously, it’s unlikely to accomplish much, but at 25,000 signatures it gets officially reviewed by the white house, and the goal is to make him know that this issue isn’t being ignored as much as he thinks it is. You have lots of politically minded or human rights-minded followers, both here and on your side blogs, and I don’t on any of mine, so I’d really, really, really appreciate it if you’d spread the petition.

Thanks, man.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-drone-strikes/QGjycNt4?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

We can actually do this—at the very least make him notice it.

What other president has at least given us a tool to call him out on his fuckery?

Just hit around 2,000 signatures- let’s boost it up to the needed 25k!

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With 0% reporting…. #decision2012 #COvote #Colorado #Obama #Romney

FREE KAT STACKS! DREAMER AND SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIM DETAINED 2 YEARS!!

Andrea Herrera “Kat Stacks” is a Venzuelan DREAMer; she came to the United States at the age of 8. When she was 14 Andrea was kidnapped and forced into sex trafficking, as a minor. Now, despite being a victim, ICE is refusing to release her from an immigration detention center in Lousiana.

When she was 19 Andrea was finally able to reunite with her family; to cope with it all she started the persona “Kat Stacks”. Kat used this persona to connect with other victims as well as connecting with artists. These artists have even used Kat Stacks in their lyrics.

An immigration judge however ruled that her online persona is reason enough to deport this DREAMer and victim!

Take Action!

Remember this when you go cast your ballots. President Obama’s administration is trying to deport a survivor of sex trafficking. That is on no one’s hands but the administrations.

On elections…

There was an OFA volunteer lurking my lobby today waiting to talk to the registered Dems in the building. Beyond a little creepy, but I digress…

I’m not a Romney supporter, by any means. But at the same time, I’m having a real hard time with this one.

There should be public openness to challenging the dominance of bi-partisanship. Like, are these really the best two choices one is allowed to consider?

Should you feel shamed for questioning the sanctity of bipartisan politics because you live in a swing state?

How can I vote in good conscience while the state-sanctioned, mass murder of Pakistani and Afghan people continue(s)?

How do I support a President who says he is committed to humane, comprehensive immigration policies while deporting more people (pro-tip: not the murdering rapist drug smugglers that DHS says they are deporting) than any other president in history?

How do I cast my ballot for the President we had to organize sit ins against to get even DACA, who says that they’re not deporting DREAM eligible youth- except when they are?

How do I feel all this lovey dovey sentiment for a President who stands with the APIA community- except when he’s busy building up Yellow Peril fears alongside Romney during debates and in his ads, or completely writes us out of his recounting of history?

How do I turn a blind eye to the deaf ear he turned to the Palestinians as Israel expands its colonial enterprise in the West Bank and bombs Gaza?

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That said. For those of us with the privilege to vote- exercise it. 

Biden: We’re ‘breaking our neck’ on immigration reform

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that he and President Obama have been breaking their necks trying to get immigration reform. “Right now, you’ve got the president and I and a lot of Democrats out there breaking our neck trying to get a real immigration law that takes millions of people out of the shadows, making sure that ‘Dreamers’ don’t have to go back in many cases to countries they’ve never been,” he said in an interview with the Enrique Santos radio show. The vice president urged Latino listeners to vote for him and Obama so Republicans would be spurred to join them in passing an immigration law. He said if they turned out in large numbers and pushed Obama and Biden to victory, it would send a message to the GOP. “If the Latino vote comes out, the Hispanic vote comes out and changes the election, all of a sudden those guys who paid no attention to you, no attention to the Hispanic community, no attention to the Latino community. All of a sudden theyre going to say, ‘Oh my Lord I guess we better get in line with the president. I guess we better start moving in the direction of paying attention to this incredible, this incredible pool of talent we have out there. So this is a chance to gain influence that’s almost disproportionate to the impact that you may have directly in the election.” The president said in a Univision forum in September that he takes responsibility for failing to pass immigration reform — he prioritized health care and the economy in the first years of his term — but he also blamed GOP members of Congress for blocking his agenda. “In our branch, in our system of government, I am the head of the executive branch. I’m not the head of the legislature, I’m not the head of the judiciary. We have to have cooperation from all these sources in order to get something done,” Obama said at the forum. “So I am happy to take responsibility for the fact that we didn’t get it done, but I did not make a promise that we would get everything done, 100 percent when I was elected as president.”

Pardon me, while I call the question on your sincerity. Dems killed DREAM. more than 1.5 million deportations. Expanded SCOMM. Using a bill that was unwritten (currently, has almost no sponsors) as an excuse for not doing what you promised…

No thanks.

Iran sanctions 'putting millions of lives at risk' →

verbalresistance:

Western sanctions hitting import of medicines for diseases including multiple sclerosis and cancer, charity warns

Ban Ki-moon has warned the UN that humanitarian operations in Iran are being hampered because of economic canctions. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty

Millions of lives are at risk in Iran because western economic sanctions are hitting the importing of medicines and hospital equipment, the country’s top medical charity has warned.

Fatemeh Hashemi, head of the Charity Foundation for Special Diseases, a non-government organisation supporting six million patients in Iran, has complained about a serious shortage of medicines for a number of diseases such as haemophilia, multiple sclerosis and cancer.

Sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear programme are not directly targeting hospitals but measures imposed on banks and trade restrictions have made life difficult for patients, according to Hashemi, the daughter of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Two of her siblings are in prison on separate anti-state charges.

“More than anything else, we have a lack of medicines for patients suffering from cancer and multiple sclerosis,” Hashemi told the conservative website Tabnak. “Those with thalassaemia or in need of dialysis are facing difficulties too – all because of sanctions against banks or problems with transferring foreign currency.” …

In midsummer, Hashemi wrote to United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon calling on him to intervene for the health of Iranian patients who, she said, have had “their basic human right” taken away from them because of sanctions.

Earlier this month, it emerged Ban had warned the UN in a report that humanitarian operations in Iran were being harmed because of sanctions.

“The sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran have had significant effects on the general population, including an escalation in inflation, a rise in commodities and energy costs, an increase in the rate of unemployment and a shortage of necessary items, including medicine,” he said.

“The sanctions also appear to be affecting humanitarian operations in the country,” he wrote. “Even companies that have obtained the requisite licence to import food and medicine are facing difficulties in finding third-country banks to process the transactions.”

Mozhgan Elmipour, the mother of a four-year-old Iranian girl who was brought to London from Tehran for a life-saving surgery on her oesophagus, said: “Iranian hospitals have serious difficulties because of sanctions and not everyone in the country is as lucky as my daughter to be able to afford to come here.”

Rojan Pirsalehi, whose oesophagus was damaged after swallowing a battery at the age of two, is being treated at Great Ormond Street hospital in London.

Her parents could not afford to bring her to the UK but thanks to a media campaign in Iran and help from the Iranian government enough funds were raised. The UK government facilitated her journey to London by granting visas to her family. The Guardian initially highlighted her case in June …

Read Whole: The Guardian

This is what those two politicians last night were bragging about and calling for even more of….

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If you missed the debate. Here’s the recording.

— by Dave Johnson I just have to say again that it just blows my mind learning that Romney associates bought the company that makes the voting machines that will be used to vote and count the votes in Ohio, Colorado and other states. This is very serious, and a lot of non-tech people just don’t get it. (I had one person say to me that it doesn’t matter because computers don’t make mistakes.) Take this seriously, people — the timing and the people involved tell us this is fishy. This isn’t radical conspiracy stuff, talk to computer professionals, many of them really worry about electronic voting machines and the reporting systems in use these days.

Seeing the Forest: Why You Should Worry That Romney Associates Bought Company That Controls Ohio’s Election Voting (via aboriginalpressnews)

Romney now owns the machine that I’m casting my vote on. Obama owns the machine that is tearing apart the community(ies) that I love.

And this is the kind of democracy we want to spread around the world? o__O

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But he might just still try to deport your partner or your family…

While the Dems run in circles to congratulate themselves for totes being all about undocufolk…

This is what they did today.

This is Inga and her 5 year old [US citizen] son. Inga was kept in a detention center, Broward Transitional Center to be precise, for the past 2.5 years.

Yeah, do that math…

Despite being a survivor of domestic violence with a work permit and an application to adjust her status through her sister… President Obama and his administration deported her.

All these pro-migrant platitudes just make me want to throw up right now….

Invites DREAM eligible youth to speak at DNC, fails to put helping undocumented folks on party platform graphic both on the same day they deport a mother of a 5-year old US citizen & survivor of domestic abuse to Ukraine…

smdh

"Voluntary" Work Program Run in Private Detention Centers Pays Detained Immigrants $1 a Day →

tortillachronicles:

Is there a loophole that allows CCA to use undocumented labor at below minimum wage to help run their detention centers, and what are the immigrants’ rights as workers?

In response to the question above, a spokesperson at the Department of Labor directed questions about workers in immigration detention centers to ICE. ICE did not directly address the question of what their labor position was. Instead, ICE said that the workers were not employees:

“The Voluntary Work Program, under conditions of confinement, does not constitute employment and is done by detainees on a voluntary basis for a small stipend.” 

But some advocates say that this legal gray area covers something more sinister. Stevens, the Northwestern professor, said the voluntary work program is consistent with slave labor: “Forced to work at wages they can’t negotiate and far below the wages Congress set.”

“In any other context,” she continued, “these private companies would be penalized for hiring people who don’t have legal documents and paying them below the federal minimum wage.”

ICE detains immigrants for illegally working in the United States only to profit from their labor?

It’s on some modern day ecomienda shit. These workers, who are technically not employees, work 40 hrs/week and are paid a measly $1/day, but the money they earn goes back to the privatized companies that “employ” them. Porque get this, the detained immigrants use monies paid to purchase food and hygiene products from detention stores. 

This is racism. This is capitalism. This is mierda

crimmigration-prison-industrial complex. this shit is all tied together. exploited labor while not detained, exploited labor while detained. President Obama, exactly what part of a “humane” immigration policy involves shopping out detained undocufolks for labor exploitation in private prisons which also charge them for food, hygiene, and impossibly expensive phone calls before deporting them away from their families and communities- including low-priority folks who ICE says shouldn’t be in deportation anyway?

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Presidential History Fail

From President Obama’s Cesar Chavez Day Proclamation in 2012:

Alongside Dolores Huerta, he founded the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), an organization tasked with defending and empowering the men and women who feed the world.”

ummm….

Thanks for forgetting the APIA leaders who worked with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta to found UFW. Those two guys up there, for example. Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong. You know, two of the leaders that started the Delano Grape Strike you mention in the proclamation before Chavez joined with Filipino farmworkers. Not to take away props from Chavez and Huerta, but Larry Itliong was the second in charge and pretty instrumental to the history you’re rightfully celebrating. APIA outreach fail….


maybe i’m jaded. maybe.

Prayers for the #denverdivas. #milehicrisis #obama #undocumented #immyouth #denver #apiagram #happeningnow #colorado (Taken with Instagram at Organizing for America State Headquarters)

#MileHiCrisis

Yes.

We’re still here.

Yes.

YOU SHOULD BE HERE!

Today- we have events at 4pm, 6pm, & 7:30pm outside of the Organizing for America Campaign office (77 9th Ave, Denver- next to La Rumba on 9th & Acoma/Broadway).

Check the event page for updates, photos, and to leave some encouragement to the badass undocumented youth who have passed the 100-hour mark of their hunger strike, calling for President Obama to stop deporting DREAM Act eligible youth!

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