By Ashoka Jegroo for Waging Nonviolence – Thousands of left-wing and anti-fascist activists participated in multiple protests on Jan. 29 against a far-right gathering taking place in the center of Vienna, Austria. “This is a very important meeting for the European far-right and neo-Nazi elite,” one protester told the BBC. “For example, there are participants from PEGIDA, from the National Front in France, from the Finnish True Finns Party.” The demonstrations were in protest against the Wiener Akademikerball, or the Viennese Academics Ball.
By Staff of Reuters – COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark’s parliament passed measures on Tuesday aimed at deterring refugees from seeking asylum, including confiscating valuables to pay for their stay, despite protests from international human rights organizations. The measures, which also include extending family reunification among refugees from one year to three years, are the latest sign that the Nordic welcome for refugees is waning as large numbers flee war in Africa and Middle East for a better life in Europe.
By Staff of Associated Press – ALEXANDROUPOLIS, Greece — A day after 46 migrants drowned in a choppy Aegean Sea, protesters demonstrated Saturday at a Greek border town to demand that Greece ease transit restrictions at its heavily militarized border with Turkey. Most of the 200-kilometer land border between Greece and Turkey is separated by the Evros River — known as the Meric River in Turkey. But a nearly eight-mile stretch of land separating the two countries was previously lined with mine fields and is now separated by a fence.
By Brad Sigal for Fight Back! News – Minneapolis, MN – Students from at least 12 Minneapolis and suburban high schools walked out of school, Jan. 20. at noon to protest the current wave of immigration raids and deportations happening around the country. After walking out, the students converged at Martin Luther King Park in south Minneapolis for food and an open mic where students spoke about their experience with family members and friends being deported. Students then left the park and marched down major Minneapolis streets including Nicollet Avenue and Lake Street.
By Staff of the Institute for Southern Studies – The first week of the new year brought hope and cheer for some. But for many Southern immigrant communities, it brought fear. News of the Department of Homeland Security’s plans to conduct immigrant deportation raids at the outset of 2016 circulated just before the Christmas holiday, and the first raids got underway this past weekend. They are part of the Obama administration’s efforts to stem a wave of women and children who have arrived in the U.S. since 2014, many fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and other Latin American countries.
By David J. Bailey for The Conversation – The year 2011 is widely viewed as the peak of protest and dissent in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and the austerity agenda that followed it. It was the year of the Arab Spring, Occupy, UK Uncut, indignados, urban riots and anti-austerity and tuition fee protests – and in which Time magazine famously named “The Protester” as its person of the year. Yet in the UK, protests continue to occur at a rate rarely seen prior to the global economic crisis in 2008. Indeed, 2015 seems to have confirmed the suggestion, made at the beginning of the year, that 2011 was “really only just the beginning”.
By Staff of CISPES – Over the last few days, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been rounding up and deporting dozens of members of Central American families seeking refuge from extreme violence and dire economic conditions in their communities of origin. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has described the move as part of an effort to “secure” the U.S. border and has announced that “additional enforcement operations such as these will continue to occur as appropriate.” These raids are the latest chapter of what can only be described as a prolonged U.S. government war on migrant families, and specifically those coming from the most dangerous and economically deprived parts of Central America.
By Staff of Immigrant Defense Project – The enforcement strategy and priorities that the administration has articulated are not going to change,’ White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday. ‘Individuals who recently crossed the border are priorities for removal.’” In the face of these raids, we are sharing this ‘Know Your Rights’ manual from Assata’s Syllabus.
By Staff of RT – Activists opposed to the US authorities rounding up and deporting immigrants have organized a protest outside the Immigration Court in New York City, bringing a busy district of lower Manhattan to a standstill. Dozens of protesters blocked the intersection of Varick and Houston Streets in lower Manhattan, where the Immigration Court for New York City is located. They are carrying signs protesting the recent raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), rounding up over a hundred people who were in the US illegally.
By Hassan Ahmad for Counter Punch – The Department of Homeland Security has begun launching raids against undocumented immigrants with recent orders of deportation. This reversal of prioritization shifts DHS’s focus to those who pose the least threat. The planned raids won’t focus on people with criminal backgrounds, or those who are threats to national security. Instead, they’ll be targeting families fleeing horrifically violent conditions in Central America – people who had no choice but to run.
By Staff of Not One More – The raids that DHS announced days before Christmas seem to have started in the Atlanta area on January 2nd. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents barged into homes, even when asked for warrants at the door, removing mothers and children as young as 4 years old. By mid-day the phone at the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) was ringing regularly as families and neighbors reported ICE activity and sought support for loved ones taken away. Adelina Nicholls, executive director of GLAHR who is now handling 5 cases (that appear to be already transferred to a South Texas facility) explains, “When Trump is taking credit for your immigration policy, you know you’re doing it wrong.
By Marsha Cole for Black Agenda Report – On November 12th, European and African countries met on the beautiful Mediterranean Island of Malta in the city of Valletta to determine the fate of African refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe. The Valletta meeting was devoid of the usual diplomatic niceties and perfunctory lip service that usually accompanies this kind of event. No one bothered to give lip service to the “give me your poor, your huddled masses longing to be free” propaganda. The topic was African refugees and the challenges facing global capital; the subject precluded such diplomatic nonsense.
By Metamars for Corrente – Yours truly has been writing about the threat posed by unlimited IN-sourcing via the TPP, while complaining, out loud, about how the anti-TPP ‘activists’, no matter how often they mentioned increased/easier OUT-sourcing, were curiously silent about the IN-sourcing threat. IMO, OUT-sourcing is largely already played out – how many US companies are there that didn’t want to take advantage of lower labor rates in China, e.g., that didn’t already take advantage of same 10 years ago, could there possibly be??? Yours truly also wrote a diary about Japanese Shinzo Abe blabbing about the EU style “free flow of labor”, while he was in the US last summer, when Obama was trying to get TPP finalized.
Wilmer Valderrama for The Huffington Post – Somewhere along the way it became controversial and combative to speak up and call for simple fairness and human rights. But, this is something I have done throughout my career as an actor and activist. That’s why I want to have this conversation, a conversation about the single greatest thing to happen to this country — immigration. Tonight’s episode of Minority Report reflects the reality of this crucial issue. It makes a bold, inclusive statement to our community about the importance of telling our stories in a realistic and honorable way. My story and that of millions of other immigrants informs this episode of Minority Report.