University of Michigan Students Pass Israel Divestment Resolution

Via TruthOut | By Dahr Jamail

(Photo: Verndogs; Edited: LW / TO)On November 14, after months of controversy and a decade of organizing, the Central Student Government (CSG) of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor voted to pass a resolution calling on the university’s Board of Regents to create a committee to investigate at least three companies operating within Israel that are involved in alleged human rights violations of Palestinians.

The University of Michigan is one of the larger US universities to have passed such a resolution. The victory is indicative of the ongoing effectiveness of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign, even against the backdrop of an extremely pro-Israel Trump administration.

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Against for-profit detention: the divestment movement continues

Via the Daily Princetonian | By Max Grear

At the recent Princeton & Slavery Symposium, speakers like Toni Morrison discussed Princeton’s past entanglements in the U.S. slave economy and the implications of this history for the present. As we continue to reflect on our institution’s sordid racial legacy, it’s worth considering the University’s relation to a modern-day industry that cages human bodies for profit — private prisons and immigrant detention centers.

For two academic years now, students (myself included) have been pushing the University to divest from the for-profit detention industry. Members of the Princeton Private Prison Divest Coalition (PPPD, of which I am a lead organizer) have been meeting regularly with University administrators over this time in order to demonstrate that current or future investments in private prisons and detention centers would contradict the University’s core values of integrity, diversity, and service to humanity.

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BAJI Denounces DHS’ Inhumane Decision to Terminate Program for Haitian Earthquake Survivors

Washington, DC – The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) denounces the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) inhumane decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 60,000 Haitian immigrants who are undoubtedly rooted in the United States.

This evening DHS announced that it would terminate TPS for Haitian nationals effective July 22, 2019. TPS was first granted to Haitian immigrants in 2010 following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the island, killing 230,000 residents and displacing nearly 3 million. Conditions on the island were exacerbated by a cholera outbreak caused by United Nations officers and more recently, a category 5 hurricane. But despite bipartisan calls to renew the program from prominent lawmakers such as Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Mia Love (R-UT), the administration determined that conditions in Haiti had improved such that TPS beneficiaries could return to the country.

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Immigrants and allies voice opposition to detention center plan

5a10c0eed168a.imageVia Goshen News | By Aimee Ambrose

GOSHEN — Potential plans for a new immigration detention facility drew protesters and activists to the steps of the Elkhart County Courthouse Saturday afternoon.

A few hundred people — pressed under a phalanx of umbrellas, hoods and ponchos against the rain — attended a cultural rally where several speakers expressed opposition to the possibility that Nashville-based CoreCivic intends to acquire property along C.R. 7, across from the Elkhart County Landfill. The company operates detention centers for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and also operates correctional facilities across the country.

“We believe that stopping this prison will help our immigrant brothers and sisters,” Richard Aguirre, founder of Elkhart County HOPE, told the diverse crowd.

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donald-trump-mexico-border-wall-1510849229-article-header.jpgVia The Intercept | By Alice Speri

MUCH OF THE discussion on President Donald Trump’s border wall has focused on its cost and impracticality, as well as the anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric it embodies. Little attention, however, has been paid to who specifically might profit from building the structure.

Earlier this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection chose six companies to build prototypes for the wall in both concrete and “other materials” — and last month they unveiled eight different proposals, the closest this administration has come to fulfilling its signature campaign promise. All but one of the companies that built prototypes are privately held, but a close look at Sterling Construction Company, a publicly traded company based in Texas, suggests that even investors who have distanced themselves from the president’s immigration policies are eager to cash in should the wall actually come to pass.

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Wall Street Stands to Make a Killing From Building Trump’s Border Wall: Report

shutterstock_320672876_1.jpgVia Alternet | By Ilana Novick

The border wall with Mexico, Donald Trump’s proposed monument to nativism and bigotry is, according to an October story from NBC News, at least 10 months away from “meaningful construction.” It currently has no funding from Congress nor from Mexico, contrary to reports from Trump’s fever dreams. This reality hasn’t dimmed the visions of dollar signs in the eyes of America’s largest corporations, which, according to a new report from Make the Road New York, the Center for Popular Democracy, New York Communities for Change, and the Partnership for Working Families, are behind a company making one of the wall prototypes and stand to benefit handsomely.

The report, “Wall Street’s Border Wall,” reveals that far-right billionaire Robert Mercer’s firm Renaissance Technologies, BlackRock, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo are all invested in Sterling Construction, the largest U.S.-based company building a prototype of the wall.

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Building #FreedomCities

Jacqueline Bediako of the Million Hoodies NYC chapter speaks at a rally before the Brooklyn March against gentrification and police violence in October 2017. (Photo courtesy of Million Hoodies for Justice)

Via BillMoyers.Com | By Dante Barry

With the election of Donald Trump as president, there has been an alarming increase in the rate of targeted attacks on the country’s most vulnerable communities including immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ, black people, women and the poor. Around the country, states are consolidating power, increasing police budgets and ICE enforcement. Meanwhile, the federal government is working on repealing policies that have historically provided mobility and protection for communities of color — the most basic, undermining public education.

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