New Orleans Here’s another good reason to celebrate this Thanksgiving: Lou Dobbs, immigrant hater-in-chief, claims he’s having a conversion experience. Now that he’s been bought and busted out of CNN, he was spinning in The Wall Street Journal and rapping to on an interview with Telemundo that he now believes there are “some” reasons justifying legalization for undocumented immigrants. He claims he’s now a friend “number one” for Latinos. Now someone beside the young will understand what a “frienemy” really is!
Of course if you really listen to the Telemundo interview on YouTube, which I did thanks to the prompting of a friend, you will find that the Lou-leopard has really not changed his spots all that much. This must be conversion-lite? Perhaps one of the best examples occurs when Dobbs is talking about his buddy, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the notorious and infamous jail keeper of Maricopa County.
San Francisco A 6 AM flight from NOLA and hours circumnavigating the Bay because of the Bay Bridge repairs on a beautifully sunny Sunday from airport to Benicia Bookshop for Citizen Wealth to Tides Momentum Conference at the chic W in downtown left me dragging wagon until the JBL Award winners had their chance to thank the crowd. This year we had focused on grassroots leaders of the immigrant rights movement that had made a major difference, and they brought reality and, well, momentum to the room.
The JBL’s, as we have fondly called them for more than a decade, were named for Jane Bagley Lehman, one of our dearly departed shining lights from the Tides Foundation’s early board. Every year they recognize someone whose public advocacy from the local level has impact on national policy. Salvador Reza, leader of the fight against Sheriff Arpaio and the outrages of the Homeland Security 287(g) program, Artemio Arreola, the political director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and one of the sparkplugs of immigration reform, and the widely known leader in this movement, Angelica Salas, from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) were the awardees.