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Another Crossroads for Immigration Reform Strategy and Tactics

New Orleans    Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO lambasted the Republican “principles” on immigration reform as a non-starter virtually creating a permanent apartheid of immigrants inside the country.  There was a time when the vigorousness of labor’s opposition would have signaled the death of such a bill.  This time though President Obama was encouraging to the Republicans, [...]

President Represents All of the Rest of Us on Thanksgiving this Year

President Barack Obama listens to Eliseo Medina, right, Secretary-Treasurer of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), as he meets with individuals who are taking part in Fast for Families on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/ Associated Press)

New Orleans    The right always wails that Obama is the Community Organizer-in-Chief, but [...]

Act Fast with the Majority Favoring Some Kind of Immigration Reform

Labor union leader Eliseo Medina, left to right, Lucy Tzunun, Lisa Harper, Sojourners President Rev. Jim Wallis and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President Wade Henderson, join other pro-Immigration reform groups in launching the national “Fast for Families” during a news conference in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) [...]

Going Small versus the Grand on Immigration Reform

New Orleans  Sitting in at the California field office of the House majority whip, Angelica Salas, the esteemed, outstanding director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), was informed that the House would not take up the issue of immigration reform before the end of the year, virtually taking the rest of [...]

Hey, You! Start Learning the US Federal Poverty Guidelines!

New Orleans  There are two more weeks on the countdown to your chance to finally get health care coverage for you and your family, if you don’t have it, or to potentially get some help in paying for it, if you do have it, and my bet is many of you are still clueless [...]

Immigration Arrests: A Sign of Tactical Shift or Desperation

Little Rock  More than forty representatives of unions, community groups, and pro-immigration reform advocates were arrested for civil disobedience in Washington, D.C. for street blocking in traffic.   Those arrested included major advocates like Gustavo Torres of Casa de Maryland and Petra Falcon of Arizona, as well as leaders of the AFL-CIO, SEIU, UFW, CWA, Center [...]