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Donald Trump is going to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants
Donald Trump has ordered his new administration to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants. The US President’s sweeping new executive order on immigration, which he signed on the fifth day of his presidency, includes a paragraph mandating the Secretary for Homeland Security to “make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens” in the US. The list will also include details of so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to hand over immigrant residents for deportation.

Donald Trump is a Nazi. He has assembled a cabinet of Nazis to run his fascist regime. He doesn’t call himself a Nazi, because Nazis never do. From the start “Nazi” was an insult. We all now face a choice in how to respond to this. We can either resist or collaborate. There are no other options. This is a decision we all face, but it is a particularly pertinent choice for the American people, and, crucially, the political establishment in America. Both Republican and Democrat politicians need to choose, are they going to resist or collaborate?

Make your choice now, before people start being rounded up and put in camps, before tanks roll out and bombs start falling. If enough people choose to resist now then the worst can still be avoided.


When you think of illegal immigration in the U.S., do you picture a border crosser or a visa overstayer? A family or a single person? A farmworker or a waiter?

People living in the U.S. without legal status are frequently invoked in American politics — especially in recent months. But the conversation is often short on facts about the millions of people who fall into this category.

There are, however, outdated beliefs: A Pew Research Center survey in 2015 found that very few Americans are aware of recent changes in immigration patterns.

And, of course, there are stereotypes, which often don’t always match up with reality. Most people in the U.S. illegally have been here for years, for instance, and people working service jobs far outnumber migrant farm labor.

Here’s a look at the actual statistics about people living in the U.S. illegally.

How America’s Idea Of Illegal Immigration Doesn’t Always Match Reality

Charts by Alyson Hurt
Donald Trump is going to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants
Donald Trump has ordered his new administration to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants. The US President’s sweeping new executive order on immigration, which he signed on the fifth day of his presidency, includes a paragraph mandating the Secretary for Homeland Security to “make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens” in the US. The list will also include details of so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to hand over immigrant residents for deportation.

Just so we’re clear:

This will DIRECTLY lead to an increase of hate crimes against people of color. 

This is actually a life threatening act.

This will put in danger not only those who are undocumented, but literally anyone walking down the street who merely looks like an “un-american other” (which, we know is a widely cast net in our this racist country).

This is Nazi level propaganda.

Trump is knowingly stoking the violent flames of hate just to prove a point and feed is fragile white male ego.

Families Reunite at the US-Mexico Border

The U.S Mexico border opened for 3 minutes so separated families could hug.

It was a “Hugs Not Walls” reunion. Thousands of residents from both sides of the border hugged their loved ones on the Rio Grande Canal that separates Texas and Mexico. US residents wore blue and Mexican residents white.

More of this, please!

Berlin mayor to Donald Trump: 'Don't build this wall'
Michael Mueller says the long-divided city ‘cannot look on without comment when a country plans to build a wall’.

The mayor of Germany’s once-divided capital, Berlin, Michael Mueller, offered some advice to Donald Trump on Friday: “Don’t build this wall!”

The US president, holding true to his campaign promise, this week ordered US officials to begin to design and construct a wall along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometre) US-Mexico border.

While the White House has also threatened to tax Mexican imports to cover its cost, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a planned Washington protest.

Berlin’s mayor said his city – which was split by the Berlin Wall during the cold war from 1961-89 – “cannot look on without comment when a country plans to build a new wall”.

“We Berliners know best how much suffering was caused by the division of an entire continent with barbed wire and concrete,” he said in a statement, referring to Europe’s “Iron Curtain” division.

In the early 21st century, he said, “We can’t just accept it if our historical experience is disregarded by those to whom we largely owe our freedom, the Americans.”

Pointing to the continuing division of the Korean peninsula and the island of Cyprus, the Social Democrat urged Trump “not to go down this wrong path of isolation and exclusion”.

Mueller also recalled former US president Ronald Reagan’s famous 1987 challenge to then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!”, and said in his message to Trump: “Dear Mr President, don’t build this wall!”


M.A.M.O.N. by Ale Damiani

M.A.M.O.N. (Monitor Against Mexicans Over Nationwide) is a satirical fantasy sci-fi shortfilm that explores with black humor and lots of VFX the outrageous consequences of Donald Trump´s plan of banning immigration and building an enormous wall on the Mexico - US border.

The dark comedy showcases a spectacular fight involving bizarre weapons, and numerous dark jokes about the cliches and stereotypical antics of the Mexican and Latino community, as the quinceañera, the quetzalcoatl, the lucha libre, the mariachi, the chapulín colorado, etc.

M.A.M.O.N. is part of the  Wecanfxit project, powered by Uruguayan production house Aparato.
Our mission is to change the world using our geeky weapons: cinematography, visual effects and CGI.
Our motto: Making the world a better place, one pixel at a time.
Donald Trump expected to order Mexican border wall and temporarily ban refugees
Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders this week to prevent Syrian refugees and Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. He's also expected to order the construction of his infamous, Mexican border wall on Wednesday.

The president is preparing to restrict access to the country from immigrants, refugees, some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, Reuters reports, citing congressional aides briefed on the orders.

[…]  In addition to the ban, the president will begin rolling out executive actions that include preparations for his wall on the US-Mexico border along with other enforcement plans, according to two administration officials who spoke to The Associated Press.

I put together a reading group with some of my fellow organizers, thinking about how we organize post-Trump. Here’s the list of books:

We are reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in chunks, meeting monthly, and reading one other book besides. This is a list long enough to keep us meeting for five years, which is not the intention - but we’re randomly generating five books each month and voting on which one of those we’d like to read. 

  • Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), Jane McAlevey
  • The Invention of the White Race, Theodore Allen
  • The Children of NAFTA: Labor Wars on the US/Mexico Border, David Bacon
  • Rise of the Warrior Cop, Radley Balko
  • My Face is Black Is True: Callie House and the Ex-Slave Pensions Movement, Mary Frances Berry
  • Doing Theology in a Revolutionary Situation, Jose Miguez Bonino
  • The Spanish Anarchists: The Heroic Years 1868-1936, Murray Bookchin 
  • Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States, Jules Boykoff
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown
  • In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s, Clayborne Carson
  • Capitalism and Christianity, American Style, William Connolly
  • Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy, Stephen D'Arcy
  • Broken Heartland: The Rise of America’s Rural Ghetto, Osha Gray Davidson 
  • Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall St’s Great Foreclosure Fraud, David Dayen
  • Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, John Dittmer
  • Losing Ground: American Environmentalism at the Close of the Twentieth Century, Mark Dowie
  • John Brown, W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Black Reconstruction, W.E.B. Du Bois
  • This Is An Uprising, Mark & Paul Engler
  • Fighting Back in Appalachia: Traditions of Resistance and Change, Stephen Fisher
  • Four Futures, Peter Frase
  • Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, Eduardo Galeano
  • Gods of Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism, Mattias Gardell
  • Resource Rebels: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations, Al Gedick
  • The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs, Ray Ginger
  • The Populist Moment: A Short History of the Agrarian Revolt in America, Lawrence Goodwyn
  • Selections from the Prison Notebooks, Antonio Gramsci
  • Migra! A History of the US Border Patrol, Kelly Hernández
  • Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, Arlie Hochschild
  • The Paranoid Style in American Politics, Richard Hofstadter
  • The Long Haul: An Autobiography, Myles Horton
  • How the Irish Became White, Noel Ignatiev
  • The Black Jacobins, CLR James
  • Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists in the Great Depression, Robin D. G. Kelley
  • Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South, Robert Korstad
  • The Accumulation of Capital, Rosa Luxemburg
  • Accompanying: Pathways to Social Change, Staughton Lynd
  • Active Hope: How to Change the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy, Joanna Macy
  • Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy, Peter Mair
  • Fossil Capital, Andreas Malm
  • They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45, Milton Mayer
  • At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance, Danielle McGuire
  • Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, Timothy Mitchell
  • The Fall of the House of Labor, David Montgomery
  • Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital, Jason Moore
  • The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, Naomi Murakawa
  • Unreal City: Las Vegas, Black Mesa, and the Fate of the West, Judith Nies
  • Governing the Commons, Elinor Ostrom
  • I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, Charles M. Payne
  • Nixonland, Rick Perlstein
  • Poor People’s Movements, Frances Fox Piven & Richard Cloward
  • Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement, Barbara Ransby
  • Waging Nonviolent Struggle, Gene Sharp
  • Dixie Be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South, Neal Shirley
  • First Majority Last Minority: The Transforming of Rural Life in America, John Shover
  • Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times, Amy Sonnie
  • Poor Workers’ Unions: Rebuilding Labor from Below, Annie Tait
  • Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency, Kristian Williams (ed.)
  • The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride through Donald Trump’s America, Alexander Zaitchik

Best of Luck With the Wall

“What does the southern border of the United States actually look like?”

In his film Best of Luck With the Wall, director Josh Begley takes us on a journey across the entire US/Mexico border. It’s a simple premise — a continuous display of 200,000 satellite images of the border from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico — but one that delivers a powerful feeling of how large the world is and how meaningless borders are from a certain perspective.

[Jason Kottke]

Immigrants fleeing gang violence in Central America are again surging across the U.S.-Mexico border, approaching the numbers that created an immigration crisis in the summer of 2014. While the flow of immigrants slowed for much of last year, nothing the U.S. government does seems to deter the current wave of travelers.

Immigration officials opened controversial family detention camps in south Texas. They publicized immigration roundups earlier this year, with more to come. A big U.S. public relations campaign is under way in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, warning would-be immigrants they are not welcome. And recently, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson traveled to Central America to say it in person.

“I am here today to send a message that our borders in the United States are not open to irregular migration,” he said.

But that message isn’t getting through.

U.S.-Mexico Border Sees Resurgence Of Central Americans Seeking Asylum

Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

On Friday, in a federal courtroom in Tucson, Ariz., an agent of the U.S. Border Patrol for the first time will be arraigned on charges of murder for shooting and killing a Mexican national across the international border.

On Oct. 10, 2012, Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz, standing behind the border fence in Nogales, Ariz., shot 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was walking along a sidewalk in Nogales, Sonora. The agent claims he acted in self-defense against rock-throwers on the other side.

If Swartz is convicted of the intentional murder of Elena Rodriguez, he faces up to life in prison.

In A First, Border Agent Indicted For Killing Mexican Teen Across Fence

Photo: John Burnett/NPR
Caption: Diego Roman Elena Rodriguez next to posters of his brother Jose.