Language barriers…my turn

Many of us face language barriers on a daily basis. For most of us in the U.S., English is our “birth” language so we don’t have a hard time with it. However, English is a difficult language to learn so someone coming to our country may face numerous language-based challenges. We need to be aware of that and compensate for it, and not hold it against that person because that’s wrong.… [Read more]

On behalf of mi gente: Sod off, Mitt Romney.

“That’s one piece about me that you may not know. The other is just about my heritage. My dad, you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company, but he was born in Mexico. And had he been born of Mexican parents I’d have a better shot at winning this, but he was unfortunately born of Americans living in Mexico.[Read more]

Israel’s New Scapegoat

In Israel’s latest affront against Eritrean and Sudanese refugees, a draft amendment to the anti-infiltrator law that criminalizes wire transfers was passed. “Reducing the economic incentive is an effective tool to deal with the phenomenon of infiltration,” the Justice Ministry claimed. Under the bill, migrants caught wiring funds can be imprisoned for 6 months or pay a fine of approximately $7,400. … [Read more]

Latin America and Its Classist Struggle

Latin America is a huge region spanning much of the Americas.  Its topography, geography and peoples are among the most diverse in the world. Its people, though, by far are its greatest asset with their wonderful music, literature and arts, their lavish hospitality and their incredibly rich languages.

Latin America, however, has its ‘dark side’.  With bloody civil wars, rampant crime and, perhaps worst of all, its ever-pervasive classism.… [Read more]