28 Apr 2011

The Effects Of SB 1070

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It’s been a year since the state of Arizona passed SB 1070, and with it launched a title wave of unapologetic ethno-nationalism from the right wing that stretched from the founding of neo-eugenicist websites like Alternative Right to the metastization of the “Birther movement” to the point that President Barack Obama actually felt compelled to release his birth certificate publicly.

So what have been the effects of punitive laws towards Hispanic immigrants in Arizona? Catherine A. Traywick at The Media Consortium website writes that the far-reaching implications of SB 1070 created a financial and legal tidal wave that lessened the possibility of copy cat laws in the future:

Certainly in the long term, the law seems to have done more harm than good to the movement. While it initially added plenty of fuel to the restrictionists’ fire, it has ultimately failed to spread through other states the way many expected it to. While a few states (see Colorlines.com’s infographic or Alternet’s rundown) are still considering SB1070-type laws, most others have backed off the idea.

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24 Apr 2011

Why The Left Should Rally Around The California DREAM Act

Hello, this is Michael from Voice of the Migrant again. I have been a bit absent from FireDogLake recently due to the work that I have been putting into a new music website called Blood Is One but I’m back with a piece by one of my writers – Nate

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05 Jan 2011

Defending the Huckleberry Revisionism

Cross posted at Deschamps and Dagblog. Note to readers – Writing isn’t cheap. As much as I enjoy it, I need your support for the means to continue blogging and for the means to publishing my book on autism, which is close to completion. You can help out by doing your

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01 Jan 2011

Voice of the Native

Note to readers – Writing isn’t cheap. As much as I enjoy it, I need your support for the means to continue blogging and for the means to publishing my book on autism, which is close to completion. You can help out by doing your shopping through the Amazon.com advertisement on

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21 Dec 2010

The Tequila Party?

Cross posted at Voice of the Migrant. Around the end of November, alot of buzz began to form around possible efforts to form a grassroots effort modeled like the Tea Party – only instead of mobilizing around those that are engaged against the Barack Obama administration for whatever reason, it

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16 Dec 2010

Dehumanization – The Name Of The Game

Mzchief was kind enough to send me video of the web show Futurestates, which I’ve posted an episode of at my pro-immigration blog Voice of the Migrant. It was impressive in many ways. Not only in the element of illustrating endemic institutional racism that doesn’t allow a woman of color

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14 Dec 2010

Don’t Feed The Hate Machine

Hello, I am Michael Orion Powell, curator of Voice of the Migrant. I have deep respect for Jane Hamsher and her coverage of the war on drugs, immigration and trade agreements. For those also interested in the immigration issue, I would like to direct you to the work currently being

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