Americans Violate the Law and Call "Them" Illegal? ©

Recently, an article appeared in my world.  The title, "Center seeks justice for Katrina's migrant workers." This informative essay was published in a periodical I regularly receive, The Southern Poverty Law Center news.  This piece stimulated much thought.  Citizens of this country want to eliminate illegal immigration.  They are boisterous and belligerent when discussing this topic.  The blame-game is rampant; "it is anyone but me that is responsible for this problem." However, this paper reveals it is not.

We talk of "illegal aliens"; however, I wonder.  Might we instead discuss "illegal Americans?"

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Katrina Survivors Have a Right to Return Home

Katrina Survivors Have a Right to Return Home

Green Party: Hurricane Katrina information

New Orleans development should ensure Katrina survivors stable homes, not displacement, say Greens.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders joined the Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign and other supporters of Katrina survivors in urging FEMA to provide viable and affordable transitional and long-term housing for people displaced by last year's hurricanes.

"FEMA has been stringing along Gulf Coast evacuees, holding the threat of homelessness over their heads," said Steve Kramer, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. "We're glad that, under public pressure, FEMA has extended deadlines for the temporary provision of shelter in hotels and trailers, but what evacuees want now is to regain stability and secure housing, and to reunite with their families and communities in New Orleans and other towns in the Gulf Coast from which they were forced to flee."

Many Greens support H.R. 4197, "The Hurricane Reclamation, Recovery, Reconstruction and Relief" Act for comprehensive assistance to enable all Katrina survivors to return and rebuild their communities. The bill was introduced by all 42 members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

"Katrina survivors need protection from price-gouging when they return to rented houses and apartments, and they need a guarantee that post-hurricane development will not drive them out of their homes," said Sundiata Tellem, Co-Chair of the Black Caucus of the Green Party of the United States. "We're especially alarmed at growing indications that New Orleans' African American population -- the major source of the New Orleans' unique traditions and culture -- is being excluded from plans to restore the city. And last I'd checked, many of the African- American populations of Georgia, Missisippi, and Alabama were sent to 20 states from which they surely won't have to pay to get back home."

Mayor C. Ray Nagin's 'Bring New Orleans Back' commission proposes that residents of districts most heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina will have four months to demonstrate strong support for rebuilding their neighborhoods, or be forced to sell to the government.

"Mayor Nagin's scheme would banish low-income and black residents, and turn New Orleans into a feeding trough for wealthy and chiefly white development interests," said Leenie Halbert, Green Party activist and former resident of New Orleans.

On March 14, 2006, a protest organized by the Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign against Katrina evictions will take place in Washington, D.C., beginning with a press conference at 1:00 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building (Room #2237) and continuing with a Mardi Gras Style March for Justice at 2:00 p.m. beginning at the Capitol South Metro Station and continuing to the White House, where a rally will take place at 3:00 p.m.

Green Party of the United States
1700 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20009.
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193

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Growing up Union

There have been some questions here in the race for Arizona's District 8 about whether or not candidates support the right to organize. Let me clearly state my belief that workers have every right to organize and this is one reason our country became as strong as it is. Because of our freedoms, the people won a struggle to keep the balance of power from shifting entirely towards corporate interests.

You bet I support the right to organize. I grew up in a family where my father was a member of a union. He started out as a school teacher after earning his degree on the GI bill, granted to him because he served his country during WWII. He was never motivated by money, but he was motivated to do the right thing. I never heard him once complain about his income. He just wanted to do the right thing.

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VOTING RECORDS: Show 'Condi 2008' is a No-Go!

In the wake of the 2000 and 2004 election seasons, charges of voter suppression by the GOP flew without mitigation. In response, Republican's couldn't scoff loudly enough, "How dare the Democrats make such baseless accusations. We are a party of compassion and high morals. We are the party of inclusion and tolerance. Just ask Condi and Colin...and also ask that gay fellow who heads up the AIDS office." -- or something like that.

As usual, the Republicans' talk is the virtual antithesis of the Republicans' walk.

Enter Condoleezza Rice...

Their latest PR push for 'inclusion and tolerance' is perhaps their boldest yet -- promoting the idea of a Republican, African-American woman as president in 2008 -- knowing full well there is not one chance in Hell that Condoleezza Rice would win the GOP primary, but understanding that the value of such a move would prove incalculable toward clouding the canyon divide that separates the pro-civil rights, and relatively tolerant, diverse political left with the anti-civil rights, intolerant, homogenous political right.

It seems, however, that their strategy might just blow up in their face, but not because Condi will actually win the primary -- or the presidency. Rather, because their activities inadvertently serve someone else who might actually have a shot at the presidency -- someone with whom most Republicans hold considerable fear and loathing.

Enter Hillary Clinton...

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Bush Tags Bloggers As Terrorists!

While not a surprise, given all that has transpired in Bush's term, it still was a shocker to read that bloggers are now "terrorists." The nature of blogger terrorist acts should be a concern for both liberal and conservative bloggers: "Deliberate misinformation campaigns" may well describe actions taken by right-wingers and "activist calls" describes actions by bloggers regardless of political affiliation.

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