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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Will This Be The Biggest May Day Ever In The U.S.?

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

May Day, falling on the weekend of Donald Trump’s destructive first 100 days, makes for much symbolism in the struggle for justice and the soul of America. While Trump and his administration arbitrarily and ineptly attack immigrants from all over the world—especially Muslims—and the administration works to undermine labor rights across the board, hundreds of thousands of people will be pushing back, striking and protesting Monday in what is shaping up to be the biggest May Day demonstrations in at least 40 years.

The biggest and one of the most unified actions will be in Los Angles, a Democratic stronghold and sanctuary city with a vibrant labor movement and home to hundreds of thousands of immigrants, many of them undocumented.…

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Former Director Of Anti-Immigration Group Set To Be Named Ombudsman At U.S. Immigration Agency

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

A former director of an anti-immigration group, Julie Kirchner, is expected to be named as ombudsman to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the pending appointment.

Kirchner was from 2005 to 2015 director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that has advocated for extreme restrictions on immigration.

The ombudsman’s office at USCIS provides assistance to immigrants who run into trouble with the agency, such as immigration applications that take too long to process or applications that may have been improperly rejected. The ombudsman also prepares an annual report for Congress in which they can issue audits and policy recommendations without consulting with USCIS in advance.…

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May Day, Reinvigorated To Fight Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies



Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

May 1, traditionally a day of action for the labor movement, is ramping up to be the next and possibly biggest of many large-scale days of anti-Trump actions, including a massive immigrant-led strike.

On April 4, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, in which he demanded that the country “undergo a radical revolution of values,” a coalition of Movement for Black Lives and a group called the Majority announced a nationwide day of action on May 1. More than 50 organizations representing Black Lives Matter, women’s rights, immigrants, the environment, laborers, LGBTQ groups and much more got on board.…

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