Faith in Jewish and Muslim Unity After Tragedy in Pittsburgh

National November 2, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Soon after the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Muslim activists started online campaigns that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, in acts of interfaith solidarity that “ought to be a turning point,” columnist and scholar Hussein Ibish told The Forward. “It’s been evident to thoughtful people for a long time that a Jewish-Muslim partnership — not a dialogue — a partnership is necessary.” He added that if the two communities agree to disagree on the Israel-Palestine conflict, they can find common ground in shared immigrant experiences and religious roots.

Meet Arizona’s Latinx Jewish Candidate

National November 2, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Alma Hernandez, a first-generation Mexican-American Jewish candidate for Arizona’s state legislature, has been active in local politics since the age of 14. Her race, says Lilith Magazine, “presents a fascinating microcosm of the fraught responses a progressive, Jewish, female, pro-Israel candidate elicits.” Arguing that her community has been underrepresented and ignored, Hernandez “identifies not only with these Mexican roots, but also with her Jewish forebears.” And she says: “I’ve always told people no one can ever tell me I can’t be pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian and progressive. I feel as someone who really, truly cares about people, I can be all three.”

On the Campaign Trail in Georgia

National November 1, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Sisters Jennifer Macedo-Young, 26, and Jane Macedo-Young, 24, who have a Chinese-Cambodian father and a Mexican mother, have been working in the digital department of the Georgia gubernatorial campaign of African-American Stacey Abrams. Diary entries of their work filming the intensive door-to-door canvassing done by campaign workers can be read in Remezcla. Writes Jane: “We learned that Laquacia is a marine veteran, Angela is a former law enforcement officer, and Elijah is a young man who is currently in the Army Reserve. All our canvassers have really diverse backgrounds, which I think makes a difference when it comes to connecting with voters.”

Helping Migrants ‘Dumped’ on El Paso Streets

National November 1, 2018 at 4:34 pm

In the border town of El Paso, residents and police officers on bicycles recently helped about 100 Central American migrants who had been bused to the center of town by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, following a new policy of “essentially dumping” migrants, who have little money and no way to contact relatives, reports Borderzine. Over the next couple of days more migrants were released onto the streets. “One of the things that concerns me is that one of these days they’ll call and say we have 500,” said Ruben Garcia of Annunciation House, which helps the migrants receive care and shelter.

Khmer and Other Southeast Asians Detained

National October 31, 2018 at 1:43 pm

At least 60 Khmer Americans have been detained at the Krome Detention Center in Florida, part of a larger effort by the Trump administration to round up members of Southeast Asians from various communities including the Lao, Vietnamese, Hmong, Mien and Khmu, reports The International Examiner, based in Seattle. Representatives of Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together (F.I.G.H.T.), said Cambodian consular officials interviewed detainees, most of whom receive travel documents. However, sometimes “the consulate contacted the family members saying, ‘Hey, give us some money and we won’t give him travel documents,’” said Many Uch, a F.I.G.H.T. founder and organizer.

Bilingual College Newspaper Celebrates its ‘Quinceañera’

National October 29, 2018 at 7:15 pm

El Nuevo Sol, a bilingual newspaper written by Spanish-language journalism students at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), is turning 15, La Opinión reports. Started as a four-page supplement inside the college’s newspaper The Sundial, El Nuevo Sol evolved into its own outlet with several digital and multimedia platforms, as well as a print edition published periodically. “It’s not just about translating news to another language, but about having a different perspective on the information, and the subjects that we cover,” said José Luis Benavidez, a professor at CSUN.

Former FBI Informant to Be Deported

National October 26, 2018 at 2:48 pm

A former FBI informant now faces deportation to his native country of Lebanon. Having provided information that led to the conviction of a man affiliated with Hezbollah, a political party based in the country, Dearborn father of five Ibrahim Souedan fears being tortured or even killed if he returns. According to The Arab American News, the Lebanese-American community in the Michigan city “does not sympathize with his case.”

NJ Police Chief Derides Chinese Officials

National October 24, 2018 at 2:38 pm

The police chief of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, was recorded making derogatory comments against Chinese public officials, reports World Journal. Sheriff Michael Cioffi called a former Chinese-American council member “chink” and laughed at the last name of Councilman William Woo. Cioffi was previously suspended for 120 days in mid-October after he said he’d like to “kill” Council President Carrol McMorrow.

Finding Friends for Jewish Children of Color

National October 23, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Parents of Jewish children of color often struggle to connect them with kids with similar backgrounds, reports The Forward. They constitute a small but significant proportion of the community: “According to the Pew Research Center, 7 percent of Jews describe themselves as black, Hispanic or of a different racial background,” Ari Feldman writes in The Forward. One effort to connect them, Be’chol Lashon located outside of San Francisco, is now in its eighth session.

In Video, NC Woman Pleads as ICE Takes Husband from Home

National October 22, 2018 at 2:58 pm

A mother filmed her husband sobbing and hugging his children as ICE apprehended him at their home in Clayton, North Carolina. She shared the video with Qué Pasa Raleigh/Durham. The Salvadoran immigrant facing deportation is the father of three U.S.-born girls and a Salvadoran 15-year-old boy who crossed the border recently, after fleeing gang violence. The family suspects that ICE found their home via a chip agents placed on the teen at the U.S. border.

Time to ‘Forgive and Forget’ Elizabeth Warren

National October 19, 2018 at 1:49 pm

An opinion piece by Gabriel S. Galanda in Native News Online calls on Native communities to “forgive and forget” Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Those demanding documentation proving Native heritage fail to consider that such records hardly existed in the late 19th century. Many Natives, instead, learned of their ancestry through their grandmother – like Sen. Warren says she did.

Pope Tells US Immigrants to Keep Fighting for TPS

National October 18, 2018 at 3:04 pm

A group of Latino immigrants from North Carolina who attended the canonization of Monsignor Romero shared with the pope the situation faced by hundreds of thousands of immigrants to the U.S. who received temporary protected status, and the impact that the protection’s termination will have on families if the beneficiaries are forced to return to their countries of origin. The pope told them “to keep fighting, and added that migrating is a human right,” Fidel Campos-Sorto, of the North Carolina Salvadoran Association, told Qué Pasa Raleigh/Durham.

Puerto Rican Activists Warn Equal Rights Protections Are in Jeopardy

National October 16, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Civil rights activists are concerned that changes proposed to Puerto Rico’s civil code, such as limiting adoption rights to heterosexual couples and giving “unborn children” rights, could set back years of equality struggles and harm vulnerable communities, El Nuevo Día reports. Measures in a bill currently being considered in the Puerto Rican House of Representatives do not recognize U.S. federal legal advances in the past decade, such as same-sex marriage sanctioned by the Supreme Court. The existing Puerto Rico Civil Code, approved in 1930, is in the process of being reformed.

Tips for Chinese Civil Servants on Surviving in the Spy-phobic Era

National October 12, 2018 at 12:44 pm

As the relationship between China and the U.S. turns icy, several Chinese Americans working for government entities such as the NOAA, NASA, and the NSA are either under investigation or have been forced to leave on suspicions that they might be spying for China. Samuel Mok, former CFO of the U.S. Department of Labor during the Bush administration, shared advice for surviving the spy-phobic era at a forum hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in Washington, D.C., reports World Journal. One approach: “”Do not contact foreigners, let alone the Chinese. Do not travel abroad.”

Undocumented Salvadoran Gains Status Thanks to 1997 Law

National October 12, 2018 at 12:03 pm

José Ignacio Zepeda, who survived a kidnapping and a bombing during the El Salvador civil war (1980-1992), gained legal status in the U.S. last month thanks to the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), passed in 1997, after being undocumented for 18 years without knowing that he wasRead More