Category Archives: Sparks of Solidarity

Sparks of Solidarity: ‘Our intention is to shut down the country’

By Mattie Stardust Hundreds arrested in immigration raids targeting “sanctuary cities”  Some 498 undocumented people were arrested late September in immigration raids across the U.S. targeting “sanctuary cities,” or municipalities where local police are limited from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement. Named “Operation Safe City,” the four-day countrywide crackdown included 101 arrests in Los Angeles, 28 in Baltimore and 14

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Sparks of Solidarity: ‘We will not allow us to be silenced!’

By Mattie Stardust Labor unions’ popularity on the rise More U.S. Americans have favorable views of labor unions now than at any time over the past decade, according to the results of a Gallup poll published Aug. 30. A full 62 percent of Americans approve of labor unions, a five-percent increase from last year’s figure. This latest poll shows the

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Sparks of Solidarity: Sept. 5, 2017

By Mattie Stardust Federal judge blocks Texas “sanctuary city ban” law A Texas law known among immigration and civil rights advocates as the “Show Me Your Papers Law,” has been temporarily blocked in federal court Aug. 30. Under the law, local governments were prohibited from impeding or refusing to cooperate with immigration enforcement. The law even goes as far as

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Sparks of Solidarity: Aug. 25

By Mattie Stardust Racist monuments vandalized   After white supremacists and neo-Nazis attacked anti-racist demonstrators Aug. 12, leaving one dead and dozens injured, anti-racist forces have gone on the offensive. Statues memorializing racist symbols, including the Confederacy and Jim Crow, have been toppled, spray-painted and vandalized across the country. Here are a few notable highlights from the cultural war against

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Sparks of Solidarity: ‘We are together!’

By Mattie Stardust Manus Island protest: “The guards are trying to scare us, but we are together!”   Detainees at the Australian-controlled Manus Regional Processing Center in Papua New Guinea staged a protest Aug. 4, preventing police from entering the compound. The Center, which is operated by independent contractor Broadspectrum on behalf of the Australian government, currently holds 803 people

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