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Living the Dream

In 2000 when Lucas Codognolla was 9, he immigrated with his family from Pocos De Caldas, Brazil, to Connecticut. He adjusted well to his new surroundings; in fact he thrived here, excelling academically and later becoming class president while at West Hill High School in Stamford. But when Codognolla began to think about going to college, maybe at an Ivy League school, he got a...

'We Want to Show What's at Stake': Rockaway Residents Demand Climate Action

When protestors fill the streets of Manhattan on September 21 to demand that world leaders address global warming, a contingent of Rockaway residents will be there too. These inhabitants of the narrow 11-mile-long spit of land on the edge of Queens, which was one of the areas most devastated by Superstorm Sandy, plan to wear colorful papier-mâché life preservers that read: “Preserve our Communities.” Many...

In Providence, immigration activists call on Chafee to end ‘ICE holds’

PROVIDENCE — Immigrant activists Monday renewed their call for Governor Chafee to limit collaboration between Rhode Island law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with regard to holds placed on detainees. Three dozen people marched from St. Patrick Church on Smith Street to the State House, where they urged Chafee to end — by executive order — the practice of state and local...

Civil Rights Groups Demand Change for Transgender Women Held in Solitary in New York’s Prisons

Earlier this month, Solitary Watch published an in-depth investigation by Aviva Stahl into the experiences of transgender women held in New York’s state prisons. It found that most transwomen in men’s prisons were subjected to long-term solitary confinement simply for being themselves. Many also faced sexual assault by staff as well as other prisoners. Shortly after the investigation was released, four organizations – the National...

Adelanto: Unlimited Prison Possibilities

The City of Adelanto, California, greets visitors with a sign, proclaiming it to be a city of "unlimited possibilities." However, when you drive through this small town in the Mojave Desert, it is clear the city is known for only one possibility: incarceration. Currently, there are four large detention centers within 10 miles of one another. On any given day, up to 9,325 people are...

Springfield No One Leaves protests foreclosure policies outside of Freddie Mac office, at home of Board Member Nicolas Retsinas in Providence

Shaking as she stepped before the crowd, Marie Bain spoke of facing foreclosure while taking care of her terminally ill son. At age 25, Bain's son, Patrick, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. "I got my house in 2006," Bain said of her Boston home. "In June 2011, my son suffered from a brain tumor and I had to leave my job to take care...

Camp Aims to Connect Youth with Radical South Asian History

“We’re creating the camp we wish we had had when we were their age,” said California-based organizer and writer Tanzila Ahmed , “with access to all the South Asian American history we wish we had known.” Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS) in Berkeley, California, East Coast Solidarity Summer in New York City (ECSS, formerly DCDS), and Chicago Desi Youth Rising (CDYR) are training the next...

Are the Police Getting Away with Murder?

Editor's note: Iris Baez is a member of the Justice Committee in New York, a longtime activist for accountability and justice in police brutality cases, and the mother of Anthony Baez, who was killed by a New York Police Department officer's use of a chokehold in 1994. (CNN) -- Although details are still emerging in this most recent tragedy, we know an officer repeatedly shot...

"Clean energy" advocates protest in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -- Several people representing Indian Peoples Action ,Wild Idaho Rising Tide, and Occupy Bellingham protested in front of the Calumet Refinery in Great Falls on Saturday. Their goal was to educate people about what they believe are the dangers of non-renewable energy. The protest was in response to the development of the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, and the Bakken oil fields in...

Utah Deputies Arrest Anti-tar Sands Activists

Twenty-one activists were arrested Monday during a “blockade” of a tar sands company’s construction equipment in eastern Utah, according to anti-tar sands groups who accused Uintah County sheriff’s deputies of “brutality.” The Sheriff’s Office declined to confirm the arrests Monday afternoon, except to say that all of its available deputies were at the site about 50 miles south of Vernal. By Monday night, the Sheriff’s...

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