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Don’t Get Your Undocumented Friends in Trouble: A How-To
Posted March 2, 2017, written in collaboration with local leaders from the Washington Dream Coalition, an organization led by undocumented youth.
By The Daily Demand

Many US Citizens take our citizenship for granted. It’s something most of us never worry about or think about, and the majority of us have never experienced life without it. As a consequence, we are incredibly out of touch with what privileges come with citizenship and what our impact as citizens can have on our undocumented friends and neighbors.

If we are serious about defending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) , organizing against ICE raids and detention centers, and exploring other ways to exercise allyship with undocumented folks, there are precautions we must take.

Organizing against deportations and the forces that carry them out is not like campaigning for a candidate, an initiative, or other causes we may all have experiences with- the risk is much higher. While organizing efforts may very well include politicians and initiatives, the nature of the work means that if we are not careful, we can literally get our colleagues, friends, and their families locked up or deported.

*You should not consider the following list legal advice nor an exhaustive list of precautions to take. If there are undocumented people in your lives or on your campaigns, someone should be reaching out to get familiar with their personal boundaries, risk levels, and safety plans.

[Bullet points from the list]:

1. Don’t “out” people who are undocumented. 

2. Don’t “out” areas where undocumented people live. 

3. Don’t prioritize appearing as though you are “centering those most affected” above not getting those “most affected” deported. 

4. Don’t list build if you don’t have to. 

5. Protect your lists as if your own deportation depended on it. 

6. Don’t put YOUR OWN name on lists. 

7. Some things you can do on your own, in secret- and you should. 

8. Understand that Homeland Security, ICE, and other federal agencies are not like your local police department. 

9. Stop fucking inviting your undocumented friends to the detention center. 

10. Do not communicate about sensitive issues around documentation, immigration, etc on phones or digital devices, let alone the internet. 

11. This includes your encrypted apps like Signal.

12. This includes your email servers like RiseUp.Net.

13. This includes Slack.

14. I DON’T CARE WHAT YOUR CODER OR ANARCHIST FRIENDS SAID. DON’T TALK ABOUT SENSITIVE SHIT ON THE INTERNET.

15. Do not spread information that you are not COMPLETELY SURE is accurate and verified.

16. Do not post media of undocumented people on social media. Only videotape what is necessary and destroy what isn’t needed. 

17. Take the time to understand all the risk undocumented people face and how they are treated differently in the legal system. 

18. Don’t ask undocumented people to take coordinated arrests.

Mizrahi Jewish People in the Holocaust

The Israeli school system teaches the average 11th grader all there is to know about the Holocaust and World War II, yet seems to nearly neglect mentioning the Holocaust in non European countries such as Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Iraq.
A classmate did a class presentation the other day, talking about her grandmother who’s a Holocaust survivor from Libya. My white, Jewish, American teacher’s response was “oh, i didn’t know the holocaust was there too” or something equally as ignorant.

The Nazi policy didn’t spare Jewish people outside of Europe -  the 400,000 Jewish people in France’s territories in North Africa (French Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) were included in the number of “the Final Solution to the Jewish Question in Europe”.
Jewish people in Libya, that was under Italian rule, suffered from Anti Semitism and economic restrictions as Italy’s relations tightened with Germany. In 1942, laws of racial discrimination were activated in Libya, men were recruited to forced labor and Jews were transferred to concentration camps.
The Vichy rule in Algeria from 1940 cancelled the Jews citizenship and activated the same restrictions that applied to the Jews of France.
The Vichy rule in Tunisia was pro Nazi and in 1942, the Nazis occupied 
French Tunisia. The commander of Tunis was then Walther Rauff, who was involved in the development of death gas vans and the Final Solution in Eastern Europe and instituted anti Jewish policies.
Iraq was for a short term under the Nazi allied regime of Rashid Ali Al Gaylani. Among its results was the Farhud which was a pogrom that killed 180 Jewish people.

You will not be taught about Mizrahi Jewish people in the Holocaust, although it is as important to know.

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Molly Brown (1867–1932)

Margaret Brown (née Tobin) was an American human-rights activist, philanthropist and actress. She was best known for her social welfare work on behalf of women and children, and as a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic. The Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, around 11:40 p.m., and sank in only a few hours. Molly Brown helped others board the lifeboats but was finally persuaded to leave the ship in Lifeboat No. 6. Molly was later called “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” by authors because she helped in the ship’s evacuation, taking an oar herself in her lifeboat and urging that the lifeboat go back and save more people. Her urgings were met with opposition from Quartermaster Robert Hichens, the crewman in charge of Lifeboat 6. Hichens was fearful that if they went back, the lifeboat would either be pulled down due to suction or the people in the water would swamp the boat in an effort to get inside. Sources vary as to whether or not the boat went back and if they found anyone alive if they did, but Brown’s efforts sealed her place in history, nevertheless. She was later rescued by the Carpathia. Aboard the Carpathia, she did whatever she could to help the other survivors.

Molly’s fame as a well-known Titanic survivor helped her promote the issues she felt strongly about: the rights of workers and women, education and literacy for children, historic preservation, and commemoration of the bravery and chivalry displayed by the men aboard the Titanic. During World War I in France, she worked with the American Committee for Devastated France to rebuild areas behind the front line, and helped wounded French and American soldiers. She was awarded the French Légion d'Honneur for her good  citizenship, activism, and philanthropy in America. 

She married James Joseph Brown, an enterprising, self-educated man, and they had two children: Lawrence Palmer and Catherine. The Brown family acquired great wealth. After 23 years of marriage, Molly and her husband signed a separation agreement in 1909. Although they never reconciled, they continued to communicate and cared for each other throughout their lives. During the last years of her life, Molly was an actress. 

In 1922 James Joseph Brown died intestate, and five years of disputation between Molly and her two children were required to finally settle the estate. A court case against Catherine and Lawrence was settled privately, and Molly and her children were reconciled at the time of Molly’s death in October 1932  at the Barbizon Hotel in New York City. Subsequent autopsy revealed a brain tumor. (x)

Kathy Bates played Molly Brown in the film “Titanic”(1997)

Cheesy design but a great reinterpretation of an old saying.

Skills and attributes that enable people to be active and constructive citizens are arguably more important than knowledge in today’s world.  Examples are social and relationship skills, understanding ethics, empathy, conflict resolution, organizing and motivating skills.

Most of today’s formal education systems are not delivering.

Absent literacy, a child has no way to obtain knowledge, communicate with the world, or participate in the institutions and activities of citizenship.
—  Mark Rosenbaum of Public Counsel, an organization which has filed the first federal civil rights lawsuit to assert a constitutional right to literacy. The legal team bringing the suit is using the 14th amendment to argue that Michigan has disinvested in and failed Detroit’s students, denying them access to basic literacy.
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She’s never not busy!: Yesterday Queen Maxima visited the Power Play iniaitive in Warffum and also visited the Wheeling Popschool in Garmerwolde. The programs are part of the Orange Fund, and were initiated by the Queen in 2011; it’s goal is that children together learn to play a musical instrument, and make music together, and also promoting social cohesion and strengthening active citizenship.”

© Utrecht Robin/ABACAPRESS.COM/ Koninklijk Huis

in other news, i never realized how loved Maxima was until i went to the Netherlands, she’s very visible …  at least in the press!