Immigration Raids Across the US: What is behind the current increase?
First, from California to Florida, Boston to Iowa, immigration raids are sweeping the country, in industries as diverse as the service industry, agriculture and manufacturing. The nature of the raids has differed, as the populations affected. In many circumstances, the raids involve up to 100 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers storming businesses, and picking up all suspected employees, sending panic among communities where immigrant labor provides the backbone of the economy. To understand the patterns between the raids and the political climate in which the Justice Department has increased scrutiny and charges, we speak to amalia anderson, the Project Director for the Main Street Project in Iowa.
amalia anderson is a Guatemalan born activist and cultural worker. She is currently the Project Director for the Main Street Project. Amalia is on MN Steering Committee of the National Lawyers Guild and a board member of the Headwaters Foundation. Nationally, Amalia is a board member of the Indigenous Women's Network. Additionally, Amalia serves as a Field Representative for the American Indian Treaty Council and has participated in UN meetings such as the Working Group on Indigenous Populations and the Permanent Form on Indigenous Issues. For the past two years, she has been on the steering committee for the Midwest Social Forum, and was a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee for the 2006 US Social Forum. Amalia has over 13 years of community and cultural organizing; and community education experience. Her specific focus includes human rights and anti-racism education, cultural rights and the production of knowledge, as well as movement building.
An Interview with author, Don Lee
Author Don Lee's new book, Wrack and Ruin, is a comedic novel featuring a quirky cast of characters whose paths cross one Labor Day weekend in the fictional town of Rosarita Bay, near San Francisco. The story centers on Lyndon Song, a formerly renowned sculptor who left behind the New York art world to become a Brussels sprout farmer; and his brother, Woody, a Hollywood producer who specializes in adapting Asian hits for the American cinema. Wrack and Ruin was published this spring by Norton. APF collective member Leyla Mei spoke with Don Lee earlier this month and recorded this interview.
Don Lee is the author of the novel Country of Origin, which won an American Book Award and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and the story collection Yellow, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He currently teaches creative writing at Western Michigan University and lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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NYC-based artist, YaliniDream Performs
YaliniDream's performance work incorporates a unique blend of theater, spoken word, song, and dance to explore issues in the Sri Lankan Diaspora using gender and sexuality as a lens. YaliniDream's directorial and facilitation work centers interdisciplinary collaboration. This weekend for the first time in a year Yalinidream and Varuni Tiruchelvam will share a full set of their work in NYC. A unique blend of poetry, song, theater, and dance this performance speaks to the survival of spirit. The work journeys through many spaces from the humorous conflict of a young girls dilemma between sexy thoughts and bedtime prayers to the heart wrenching stories of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. YaliniDream will join us in the studio tonight to perform some pieces and talk to us about her work.
YaliniDream conjures spirit through her unique blend of poetry, theater, song, and dance: "Sick of bouncing between in betweens, I live in the borderlands where poetry is theater is love is movement is song is prayer is rebellion. I look to reshape reality seeking peace through justice in the lands of earth, psyche, spirit, and dream." Come check out a full hour of her work Pride weekend June 28th at Embora Movement and Wellness Studio in Brooklyn. For more information go to www.myspace.com/yalinidream
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