Archive for November, 2013
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In today from the Center for American Progress
Dignity Denied: LGBT Immigrants in U.S. Immigration Detention
by Sharita Gruberg, November 25, 2013
While the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, does not keep data on the sexual orientation or gender identity of people in its custody, reports of treatment of LGBT detainees obtained through Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests and through complaints filed by immigrant rights groups reveal that much like in the general prison population—where LGBT inmates are 15 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than the general population—LGBT immigrants in immigration detention facilities face an increased risk of abuse in detention.
The U.N. Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment went as far as finding the treatment of LGBT immigrants in U.S. detention facilities in violation of the Convention Against Torture after it received information on gay and transgender individuals who had been subjected to solitary confinement, torture, and ill-treatment—including sexual assault—while detained in U.S. immigration facilities.
This report will examine the mistreatment LGBT immigrants face in immigration detention; the steps that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has taken in an attempt to address these issues; the impact that legislation pending before Congress would have on immigration enforcement; and recommendations for how to ensure enforcement of immigration laws is conducted in a manner that is effective and humane.
In today from the Gay Liberation Network in Chicago. Where members of the network have joined with others on a mission to Honduras.
Leading Honduran LGBT Activist Eric Martinec (center front) with members of the delegation.
“We recognize that we live in a very homophobic society, and that violence has been increasing. Before the coup, LGBT murders [in Honduras] averaged 3-4 a year. Since then, 24-25 a year.”
In today from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network a beautiful song by Aloe Blacc.
To find out more about NDLON or the National Day Laborer Organizing Network go to their site HERE.
A thank you to Todd Boyle for this great video of Kshama Sawant speaking at the victory party after being elected to Seattle City Council. Thanks to Solidarity: a socialist, feminist, anti-racist group for posting this video on facebook. A hardy congratulations to all who joined together in Seattle to bring about his victory.
For an excellent article read, A Socialist in City Council, by Barry Sheppard published on Solidarity’s web site.
This is what we can do when joining together. In today from Freedom Socialist.
Sign of the times: Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative Unseats Seattle Democrat.
by Linda Averll
Seattle is a town that Microsoft billionaires and Democratic Party politicians assumed was their own. Well, the 2013 elections proved them wrong. In a game-changing upset, socialist Kshama Sawant won a seat on Seattle’s City Council, defeating 16-year incumbent and Democratic Party stalwart, Richard Conlin. While the election will be certified after the Freedom Socialist goes to press, Conlin has conceded.
In nearby SeaTac, Proposition 1 was also winning. The measure would establish a $15-an-hour minimum wage for 6,300 transportation and hospitality workers. It holds a razor-thin margin and will likely face challenge. Yet like Sawant’s victory, Prop. 1 even getting to this point is amazing in a system where big business buys elections.
Sawant ran as a candidate for Socialist Alternative (SA), a Trotskyist party. Her campaign attracted more than 300 volunteers and $110,000 in donations. Throughout summer, her colorful posters dominated city streets, broadcasting key demands: a $15 an hour wage, rent control, and taxing millionaires to fund mass transit and education. Union rank-and-filers, including Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) members, helped secure union endorsements and donations, and near support from the King County Labor Council, typically a stronghold of the Democratic Party.
Sawant’s win has spurred interest in socialist ideas, especially among young people. It also raises the question, what does this mean for the socialist movement? (more…)