Our latest short film documenting the March for One Oregon immigrant rights bus tour that took place March 5-9th of 2013. The tour was a partnership between the Rural Organizing Project, CAUSA, United Farm Workers, the PCUN migrant farm worker union, and other local organizations. The tour aimed at mobilizing Latino populations and their allies Read more about New Video: Aqui Estamos y No Nos Vamos[…]
Youth and their allies from around the Pacific Northwest rally outside the Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE – a federal government organization) privately run, for profit, detention center. The Undocumented and Unafraid youth protested the targeting and criminalizatoin of immigrant communities with racist legislation like the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) SB1070 bill in Arizona.
Building Cultural Bridges is the culmination of a year-long community project to make a film about the experience of coming to America. Covering the cultural and spiritual realities of transition through community dialogues, interviews with immigration service stakeholders, teachers and volunteers, the film provides insight into the transition to life in Portland, OR. The film was made by youth from the Bhutanese refugee community, and edited in collaboration with members of B media Collective. While the film is made through the culturally specific lens of South Asian refugee immigrants, the issues raised and advice given is relevant to all newcomers to America.
Below is a video short from one of the media trainings conducted through the course of this project: […]
Yesterday (Feb 10th) was the first official day of action on the Building Cultural Bridges video project. Members from the Bhutanese Student group at David Douglas Highschool spent an hour and a half, after school, brainstorming and talking with their teachers Anne and Tyler, their mentor Som and B Media Collective members Nat, Tim and Read more about It Begins – BMC Pilot Project with Bhutanese Refugee Community, Portland[…]
by Phoenix Insurgent
From Fires Never Extinguished: A blog of the Phoenix Class War Council
By now everyone has seen the picture. Smiling — beaming, even — and wide-eyed in the first photo taken of him by Pima County Sheriffs Department, Jared Lee Loughner defies what everyone wanted him to be. One hesitates to speak too soon, given that more information surely will come out. But all the evidence so far suggests that, rather than a tea bagger nutcase Nazi, Loughner might just be yet another in an increasingly long line of run of the mill psychopaths that each have taken their fifteen minutes of fame in a blaze of bloody, homicidal glory. The kind of psychopath we’re getting increasingly familiar with in the US. Since news of the shooting first broke, the country has struggled to overcome its assumptions about the man alleged to have attempted to assassinate Representative Gabrielle Giffords and to have murdered and wounded nearly twenty others in what surely will mark one of the worst tragedies in recent Arizona history.
Friends said he like to shock with his politics, perhaps explaining his book list which, other than Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto, looked like a typical reading list for high school English. Some people forget, Arizona is a hardcore libertarian state — anti-government is the default position for a large portion of the population. Going after a politician in that respect doesn’t necessarily mean it fits into some grand narrative about immigration or health care. Indeed, there is little indication that Loughner is a racist beyond what is standard for Arizona these days.
During those first few hours, the sense that the left hoped he was a Tea Partier was palpable. Self-righteous speeches were at the ready and fingers were warming up for enthusiastic wagging. Cathartic choruses of “I told you so” seemed about to break out at any moment. When now, as it seems more and more likely, it turns out he was just another madman in a country that seems to have made madness its chief commodity, just more wreckage from a collapsing society, you can feel the disappointment in the air.
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