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By Angelo Lopez on May 28, 2011

On May 1, 2011, I went to downtown San Jose, California to participate in a march for immigrant rights. It is an important issue for me as the child of Filipino immigrants to support the rights of Latino immigrants, especially since many of these immigrants have been exploited for their cheap labor while being denied many rights to redress injustices inflicted upon them. It's something that other immigrant groups from past have suffered through as well, from the Chinese and Irish immigrants of the nineteenth century to the Filipino, Japanese and Mexican immigrants of the twentieth century. I only began attending public demonstrations about two years ago, when I first attended a vigil for health care reform, and I've learned a lot from walking with activists and listening to their stories.

In American history, there is a proud tradition of grassroots activism, of the early abolitionists, women suffragists, labor organizers, civil rights protesters, antiwar activists, and feminists. I think the people who participated in the immigrants rights march are in the spirit of the early Founding Fathers who wanted an involved and active citizenry willing to petition for their rights.

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By Angelo Lopez on December 24, 2010

Last week was both a happy time and a sad time for me as I read the news of Congress. Last Saturday, Congress voted 65 to 31 to pass a stand alone bill repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, after the House passed the bill 250 to 174. It was an important promise that President Obama kept for the 13,000 military soldiers who have been dismissed since the Don't Ask Don't Tell was implemented in the Clinton administration. Sadly, though, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, better known as the DREAM Act, was voted down 55 to 41, falling shy of the 60 votes required to limit debate and move forward, essentially killing the legislation for this congressional session. The measure would have offered young illegal immigrants a path to citizenship if they pursue a college degree or enlist in the armed forces. For myself, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the fight for the Dream Act were both important civil rights issues and while I was happy about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, I was sad about the failure of the Dream Act to pass the Congress.

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By James Bordonaro on October 27, 2010

The recent outbreak of cholera in Haiti which has killed more than 300 people is bringing international attention back to that island nation. Unfortunately, this epidemic has been predicted for months now and despite the best efforts of numerous NGOs and the donation of billions of dollars (special kudos is given to Bill Clinton in that aspect) the world hasn't been able to put Haiti back together or even in a position to have avoided the latest crisis. The remainder of my post is a cut and paste from an MSNBC.com comment on a story about the continuing rise in the death toll and the shortsighted reaction of some residents of that country to an effort by Doctors Without Borders to open a new health clinic to treat cholera patients. Here's the link to the story.

Basically, I was responding to those who commented that Haiti's people were 'ignorant' and we as a country should pull out and cut our losses. I do agree that Haiti is poorly served by its leadership and trust my wife's perception of the on-the-ground realities of economic and social inertia and stagnation which have been made worse by the over-reliance on temporary aid from NGOs. I'm also not willing to let Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma off the hook for delaying US aid already appropriated by Congress. So, here are my thoughts in that context.

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By Janet Morrison on September 12, 2010

Faith. Why does my faith challenge me so much?

Is it because crazy people like Terry Jones use Christianity as a shield to schedule things like a Quran burning? Is it because Christians feel it is their obligatory duty to evangelize people and often make assumptions about what people do and don’t believe and how they should and shouldn’t profess and demonstrate that belief? Is it because the financially better off Christians often seem to want to help the poor, but don’t want to live next to them or be a part of their every day lives? Is it because people who claim Christianity feel it is ok to make disparaging comments about people?

I guess if I were Muslim my faith might be challenged in the same way. I would wonder why the extremists have to kill and I would be angry at the ones who take the Quran and use it to abuse women. I suppose that every religious sect has sections of people who seem to distort and then justify their message.  I also guess I have to realize that we are all flawed.

Some recent events have caused me to think about what and how I believe.

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By Mikyung Lim on June 26, 2010

Will Hispanic backlash against Arizona’s anti-immigration law outshadow the Senate's failure of passing the job bill in favor of Democrats in November election?

It appears that there will be an interesting reversal of political luck for the Democratic Party regarding the upcoming November election. The traditional wisidom or earlier prediction was, the political party that is associated with President (in this case the Democratic Party) usually loses in the mid-term elections. Despite the progresses in health care and financial sector reforms, still bad US economy and job situations, unexpected BP oil spill and some criticism on President’s seemingly not-so-fast-reaction to the spill, and recent failure in the passage of Democratic Job Bill in the Senate floor that is designed to extend unemployment benefits are going to contribute to the not-so-rosy election scenario.

Recent news, however, reveals that the implementation of Arizona anti-Immigration Law, which was reportedly designed as a Republican's short-term political pleaser to the tea-party and anti-immigrant supporters, has infuriated Hispanic voters, causing Hispanic Backlash that is ripping Hispanic votes of Republican politicians such as Texas Governor Rick Perry and Colorado Republican Senate candidate Jane Norton in favor of their Democrat opponents.

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By Angelo Lopez on June 13, 2010

A list I found of various Christian and other groups involved in the issue of immigration and immigration reform.

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By Diane Wahto on June 3, 2010

It happened again a few days ago. A long-time friend who should know better sent me another one of those racist anti-Hispanic e-mails, one in a long line of many I’ve received since Arizona passed its “Show us your documentation” law. This isn’t the first racist e-mail I’ve received nor will it be the last, I’m sure.

Racist e-mails have become the norm in the last few years. After 9/11, I received a torrent of hateful e-mails against Middle Easterners in general and Muslims in particular. Finally, after I received such an e-mail, a particularly hateful one, from a friend, I responded. I told her to take me off her hate mail list. I also told her that one of my former officemates at the community college where I taught is a Middle Eastern Muslim, as is the cardiologist I see. Both men are fine people who came to America because they knew they could be successful here. Many Middle Eastern students took my English comp classes, and I assume most of them were Muslims, even though I never asked. The worst crime they ever committed was to try to bribe me with meals so they would get an A in the class. Of course, the bribes never worked.

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By Angelo Lopez on May 30, 2010

On April 9, 2008 my first cartoon for the Tri-City Voice was published and it was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. I grew up wanting to be a published cartoonist, and the Tri-City Voice gave me an opportunity to be one. The Tri-City Voice is a wonderful newspaper with a circulation of 21,000 readers that covers the Fremont, Union City, Sunol, Milpitas, and Hayward areas of the San Francisco Bay Area. Every week I look forward to going on the drawing table and thinking up a new cartoon to submit to the Tri-City Voice editors.

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By Janet Morrison on May 2, 2010

We must stand in unity. When one person’s voice is silenced, it is up to the rest of us to cry out. Justice is not a flexible tool. It must be applied to all and it must be applied equally. This is a shared planet, and until we can learn to respect and tolerate one another’s differences, we risk the continued loss of our freedom, our dignity, and the chance to create a peaceful world for our children. ~Leonard Peltier, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

As I walked from the bus stop to the front of the march, I could feel my chest tighten as it does when I get emotionally overwhelmed. The signs I saw and the chants I heard had such big messages for being so concise. "Obama, Escucha, estamos en la lucha!" (Obama, listen, we are in the fight!) was chanted throughout the march.

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By Larry James on January 21, 2010


Click here to read Tracy Kidder, author of Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, reflect on the earthquake disaster in Haiti, as well as on his important work of bringing preferential health care to the poor on the island for the past 20 years.

Important work. Urgent need. A leader for justice who will not disappear.

Paul Farmer, Partners in Health, appeared on 60 Minutes. To watch the interview click here.

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