Trump is terrorizing migrant workers, time to terrorize back

first_imgTwo weeks.Two weeks that undocumented workers and all im/migrants in this country will be living under increased tension and terror. Some of the migrant children who died in U.S. detention concentration camps between December 2018 and May 2019.On June 17, Donald Trump, one of the most reviled U.S. presidents ever, announced that he would begin massive roundups and deportations of im/migrants.On the eve of a June 18 campaign stop in Orlando, Fla., Trump tweeted: “Next week [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in.” (Politico, June 18)His get-them-all-out attitude instilled a cold chill in im/migrant workers. His campaign stop in Florida was a massive rally that harkened back to KKK events of not long ago. Pandering to his reactionary, nativist, white- supremacist base, he continued to whip up his racist anti-immigrant rhetoric in preparation for the 2020 presidential campaign.It’s important to point out that Orlando has become home to thousands of climate refugees from Puerto Rico, forced out of their homeland in record numbers after Hurricane Maria (also known as Hurricane Colonialism). Where have the Democrats been?The Democratic Party establishment responded on June 22 to Trump’s tweet, opposing his announcement. Party leader Nancy Pelosi stated that Trump’s “planned raids were heartless” and would “inject terror into our communities.” (CNN, June 22)Where has Pelosi been? Under a rock? Yes, the raids are heartless, but terror has been injected into immigrant communities for some time now.Next Trump tweeted that he was delaying the deportations for two weeks “at the request of Democrats.” Trump threatened that, if Washington lawmakers didn’t approve immigration asylum law in that time, he would direct ICE agents to resume the raids.But what happens after those two weeks? Does anyone actually expect anything different on immigration policy? Absolutely not.Under the Trump administration, deportations, detainments and harassment of immigrant workers in the U.S. have been relentless. Advocates report that for the countless migrants who go to court for their deportation hearing, or any kind of appointment, their appearance can mean deportation — right then and there.Soft raids have been taking place, Pelosi. Where was Democratic outrage then?Migrants, documented or not, are living under a cloud of intense terror as they never know whether on their job, in court or at a stop light, they will be picked up. Teachers report that the stress level for children of migrants has skyrocketed as children worry if they will come home after school to an empty house.And the crisis at the Southern border goes on, where forced migration means record numbers of migrants traveling in unprecedented caravans. They have been met with cruelty, even though migrants are eligible for asylum.After two weeks, all these conditions will only continue.Who is to blame?Since 2006, both capitalist parties have attempted to solve the economic crisis on the backs of migrants, using a campaign to criminalize and deport workers. Pelosi’s party under Barack Obama became the party whose president deported more workers than any other U.S. president — ever. Who’s heartless now, Pelosi?This terror, of course, has been greatly aggravated — in fact, is on steroids — under Donald Trump. But both parties have criminalized migrant workers and militarized the Southern border. Both parties have been complicit with the capitalist class in providing a controlled source of labor power that can be super-exploited at their whim.Anti-immigrant rhetoric and policy are being used to divide and conquer the working class. It is also used to derail attention on other critical issues.Pelosi refers to “our communities.” Yet the Democrats have done nothing to defend Dreamers brought to the U.S. as children, win asylum for those who desperately need it or stop the deportations. The Democrats have continued to support imperialist policies that destabilize nations, such as when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backed the right-wing coup in Honduras in 2009.Migrants are nothing more than pawns for Washington players, both the Democrats and the Republicans.Nonetheless, it is the Trumpites who have veered into fascist. white- supremacist territory. But it won’t be the Democrats who can stop that.Terror 2019 styleWhere is Pelosi’s compassion for the children in inhumane conditions held in detention? Child detentions, child deaths have skyrocketed. Migrants — many of them trans people — have died in detention due to callous neglect. U.S. Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez received flak for calling them concentration camps.  But the left has been correct in calling them such for some time now. How else can one explain the conditions? Or re-opening the same military base that held Japanese citizens interned during World War ll — to hold im/migrants now?Just like prisons in the U.S, these detention centers have become concentration camps for the poor.On June 21, CNN, based on an Associated Press exposé, ran a news story, “Lack of soap, filthy onesies and too few beds have created a ‘health crisis’ at border detention facilities, monitors warn.” After visiting the Ursula Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, attorney Toby Gialluca said, “”There was just a pervasive health crisis. Virtually everyone we saw was ill.”A Human Rights Watch researcher said: “The kids had colds and were sick and said they didn’t have access to soap to wash their hands. Some kids who were detained for 2-3 weeks had only one or two opportunities to shower. One said they hadn’t showered in three weeks. Hygiene and living conditions like this creates a risk of spreading infectious disease. It makes me very concerned about the public health emergency.”It can be assumed that all detention centers have similar conditions.Stop the war of terror against migrantsBoth Pelosi and Trump must hear from the workers in this country that all  this policy is terror.Some Democratic mayor or state officials have announced that they would not cooperate with ICE agents. This is nice optics, and an important gain.But it is only the U.S. working class — those who have some legal protections because they are documented — who can truly and genuinely stop this terror against migrant workers.The war of terror on migrants is a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. A six-year-old child from India died in the desert near Arizona recently. Remarkably more and more migrants at the Mexican U.S. border are not just from Central America. They are from Cameroon, India, Bangladesh, Syria and so on. In unprecedented numbers, more and more workers are leaving their homelands and going further than ever to find some relief from the global attacks of capitalism.The migrant crisis is global. Let’s make our response global.In September, young people from around the world have called for a general strike to demand an end to climate change. This movement must be inextricably, genuinely connected to the migrant crisis.A global strike is desperately needed to push back the terrorist war on our class. That is the way to stop this global war.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods

first_imgLife in Fort Worth A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes Twitter Haeven Gibbons + posts Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Twitter Haeven Gibbons Linkedin Facebook Previous articleHoroscope: April 28, 2021Next articleAcademic and writing resources help play a role in TCU’s retention rate Haeven Gibbons Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025 printCommunity fridge dataThe story behind the fridgeHow Tarrant Area Food Bank is stepping up tooNew organization fights hunger in Fort Worth’s most vulnerable neighborhoods By Haeven GibbonsThe pandemic and its subsequent economic upheaval prompted one Fort Worth native to adopt a creative approach in nourishing people living in some of Tarrant County’s hungriest ZIP codes. Kendra Richardson started Fort Worth’s first community fridge program, Funky Town Fridge, to give people access to food from refrigerators stocked by the community.The Southside fridge is filled with fresh produce and water. (Photo courtesy of @funkytownfridge Instagram)The Southside fridge is filled with fresh produce and water. (Photo courtesy of @funkytownfridge Instagram)Kendra Richardson poses in front of the Poly fridge. (Photo: Haeven Gibbons)Kendra Richardson poses in front of the Poly fridge. (Photo: Haeven Gibbons)“I think the fridges are great mechanisms in our community to help feed those who may not ask for help or food in other ways,” said Lauren Selking, a Fort Worth citizen who donates to the fridge at least once a month. Richardson opened three fridges, each in Fort Worth zip code areas with limited access to grocery stores.Fort Worth locals donated all three fridges to Richardson. The fridges look like they could be found in a kitchen, except they have all been decked out by local artists. Kendra Richardson talks about why and how she started Funky Town Fridge. The fridge is housed inside of a wooden shed to protect it from weather. There’s also space for non-perishable food items and non-food items like hand sanitizer, toilet paper, pet supplies, baby formula and hygiene products. In early July, Richardson saw stories about fridges in Houston and New Orleans. She started to search for her own fridges and reach out to possible host buildings to start her own community fridge project. By Sept. 26, 2020, Fort Worth’s fridges were open.  The Southside fridge is located at 3144 Bryan Avenue. (Photo courtesy of @funkytownfridge Instagram)The Southside fridge is located at 3144 Bryan Avenue. (Photo courtesy of @funkytownfridge Instagram)The Poly fridge is located at 2308 Vaughn Blvd. (Photo courtesy of @funkytownfridge Instagram)The Poly fridge is located at 2308 Vaughn Blvd. (Photo courtesy of @funkytownfridge Instagram)The Como fridge is located at 5705 Wellesley Ave. (Photo courtesy of @funkytownfridge Instagram).The Como fridge is located at 5705 Wellesley Ave. (Photo courtesy of @funkytownfridge Instagram).“I knew that this was something that Fort Worth needed,” Richardson said. “I wanted to show what action looked like. I created an Instagram to try to start get the word out.”She placed the first fridge at 3144 Bryan Ave. in the Southside neighborhood. The others are in Poly and Como. “There are no grocery stores anywhere in these neighborhoods where I now have fridges,” Richardson said.Getting startedIt took some time for people to understand how the fridges worked.  “The concept is hard for people to grasp. You’re not used to seeing a refrigerator outside with a shed,” Richardson said. “I understand, I get it, but now more and more people are understanding.” Once people started to understand the concept, her vision came to life. People started donating fridges, offering their building to be used as a host and donating food.“It kind of took legs of its own and grew,” said Richardson. “I think now people see how dire the need is, and I think now the community is more committed to keeping them filled. We’re learning as we go.”Photo 1: Danny Dye places a donation of pulled pork and a loaf of bread into a refrigerator on the street in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Photos 2: Beans and onions are just a few of the non-perishable items in the Poly fridge. (Haeven Gibbons)While community fridge programs have been around since 2015, more community fridge programs have popped up across the United States since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Freedge database. Freedge is an international network that was established in 2014 to promote and support community fridges. Freedge keeps track of community fridge programs around the world. The database shows 325 community fridges worldwide, with 169 located in the United States alone. Of the 325 fridges logged, 96 of them show the fridge installation date, with 42 installed between 2020 and 2021.“We’re not just giving people anything that we just don’t want,” Richardson said. “They’re getting good quality food from Whole Foods, Sprouts, Central Market and everywhere else.” People can bring fresh produce, bottled water, butter, yogurt, milk, frozen meat and eggs. But community members should avoid putting items in the fridge like raw meat, homemade meals, soda and any non-nutritious food.  “My sister Mallory and I have donated to the fridge six times now,” said Fort Worth resident Melany Krazer. “We try to drop off once a week to once every two weeks. It depends on if we get enough goodies together or not that week.”Krazer said she learned about the fridge from her sister, who saw it on Instagram. To keep the fridges full, Richardson posts on Instagram to let the community know they need donations. “Kendra does a great job shouting out to the community when the fridges are in need, and it seems the community always comes through in one form or another,” said Krazer. “It does seem that the community does a great job helping to keep them all full. I have seen nonprofits in the area, restaurants and small businesses step up and contribute too.”Richardson posts on social media to let the community know when a fridge needs to be filled. (Photo courtesy @funkytownfridge Instagram)Richardson posts on social media to let the community know when a fridge needs to be filled. (Photo courtesy @funkytownfridge Instagram)Just hours after posting that the fridge needed to be filled, Richardson posted an update showing the results. (Photo courtesy @funkytownfridge Instagram)Just hours after posting that the fridge needed to be filled, Richardson posted an update showing the results. (Photo courtesy @funkytownfridge Instagram)The community is the grassroots of the project; anyone can stock the fridge at any time and anyone can take food whenever they need it. While Richardson and her team of volunteers check in on the fridges to make sure it is being filled with healthy food, it is up to the community to keep it full.  “I can’t come and fill the fridge every 30 minutes. But even if I did that wouldn’t be sustainable. I am trying to sustain this thing,” Richardson said.The Krazer sisters have donated produce, almond milk, breads, canned goods, shelf-stable items like mac and cheese, tuna and spaghetti, fridge items, frozen goods, drinks, cereals, shampoos and conditioners, hygiene items and books.“We always help and donate when we can,” Krazer said. “Mutual aid is a very neat concept because it isn’t necessarily donating, it’s giving what you can and taking what you need. You don’t have to jump through hoops to receive any items – it’s just there when you need it. I love that.”Melany Krazer took a photo of the products she collected for and donated to Funky Town Fridge. (Photo courtesy: Melany Krazer)The fridges make food easily accessible. Since the fridges are located in the neighborhoods where people need food, they do not have to worry about transportation to get to the food or about arriving at a certain time to pick it up. “I believe they [the fridges] are serving so many members in our community who may not know where else to go,” Selking said. “We actually saw a gentleman when we were dropping food off and he was so kind and thankful. It feels good to know you are helping provide nutritional food for those that may not have access to it.”Photo 1: Volunteers stock a refrigerator with free food for people in need in Los Angeles on July 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Aron Ranen)Photo 2: Volunteers pass out information on the COVID-19 vaccine as people receive food from the 24-hour community fridge at the community center Mixteca during the coronavirus pandemic, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)Anyone can open a community fridge if they find a local business to agree to let the fridge be placed outside their building. The host building provides the electricity to keep the fridge running. Some community fridge programs are a part of larger networks like Los Angeles Community Fridges (LACF) and  A New World In Our Hearts NYC, but others are fully run by individuals and their team of volunteers.  The story behind the fridgeRichardson, who teaches high school world geography, grew up in the Stop 6 neighborhood where she constantly saw people around her in need. “The more that people learn about the fridges, it brings awareness to how these communities have been suffering in Fort Worth,” Richardson said. “I started the fridge because there were already black communities in Fort Worth that were suffering from racism and then the pandemic hit, so I wanted to make sure that I did something to help ease the burden or make it a little bit better.”Richardson said it’s not just about providing the community with food, it is about making a lasting difference in these neighborhoods and addressing the systems that allow hunger to persist.“There was always a need,” Richardson said. “People still don’t have jobs; people are still living in poverty. All this was way before the pandemic. The pandemic just made it worse or it either highlighted what people are going through.”Now that there is an accessible resource in these communities, Richardson said the food is gone all the time.How Tarrant Area Food Bank is stepping up tooLarger food banks in Fort Worth have also stepped up during the pandemic to help ease the burden that underserved communities face.“In 2020 we actually became aware that there’s places in Tarrant County – there are certain zip codes that we’re not servicing as well as we could be,” said Tarrant Area Food Bank’s (TAFB) digital marketing specialist, Whitney Atkinson.Tarrant Area Food Bank has been working with their partner agencies to reassess where to place food distributions so that the people who need them the most can access food easily.“For the people who have never had access to these resources before, we educate them about what we can offer them and then we put those services in places that are accessible to them in the future,” Atkinson said. “We’re going to be servicing Tarrant County a lot more well-roundedly.”While the pandemic allowed TAFB to re-access the allocation of their resources, the number of people they served at distributions skyrocketed, reaching a 40% increase.Experts say the increase is no surprise.Photo 1: Soldier from the U.S. Army 36th Infantry Division help distribute turkeys and other holiday food items during a Tarrant Area Food Bank mobile pantry event in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Photo 2: Volunteer Jill Erny, right, of Coppell, Texas, offers cartons of eggs to a driver. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Photo 3: Volunteer Allison Clark of Fort Worth, Texas, helps guide thousands of vehicles into a parking lot outside of AT&T Stadium during a Tarrant Area Food Bank mobile pantry distribution event in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)“People act shocked by what’s happened, but it’s utterly predictable given the vast inequality of wealth and the low wages,” said the CEO of Hunger Free America, Joel Berg. “Even before the pandemic, there were tens of millions of Americans who just didn’t earn enough to get all the food they needed.”The rise in people who are seeking assistance for the first time are mostly people who were on the edge of hunger before the pandemic hit, according to Berg.“We’ve had a whole lot of first-time users that are depending on us to bring food,” said the TAFB’s director of operations, Val Aguilar.TAFB’s mega mobile distributionTAFB started its first-ever mega mobile distribution in September. The food bank normally relies on its partner agencies to distribute food, but most of these smaller agencies had to close temporarily due to COVID-19. Every Friday, cars lined up by the thousands to wait for their box of food to be placed in the trunk of their car.“It’s a lot to come out here to stay a long time, but it’s what you have to do to survive,” said a woman who attended the distribution on February 12. She had been waiting in line for four hours.Some of the clients at the distribution said they have struggled with hunger before, but never to this capacity.“We are struggling right now. We are enduring something that we have never endured before. By coming here, it allows us to make several meals that we wouldn’t have,” an attendee said.Tarrant Area Food Bank is ending its mega mobile distribution at the end of May. The majority of their partner agencies (85%) have been able to fully reopen, resuming mobile distribution of their own. As many of these agencies have reopened, TAFB has seen the lines at its distributions shorten.Mobile distributions by partner agencies happen every day of the week except Sundays.“No one organization or one sector has the capacity to end hunger by themselves,” said the founder and executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, Jeremy Everett.Local organizations, large and small, are doing their part to address hunger in Tarrant County.  “As long as these hosts allow them (the community fridges) to be here, they’ll be here, and they’ll service every community that they’re in. I can rest in the fact knowing that I did something to create some kind of change in the world to make other people better, not just myself,” Richardson said.Photo 1: Volunteers sort and box food at Tarrant Area Food Bank. (Photo: Haeven Gibbons)Photo 2: Kendra Richardson and one of her volunteers organize the canned goods at the Poly community fridge. 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Holden’s Bill to Increase Educational Opportunities for High School Students Passes Key Committee

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Government Holden’s Bill to Increase Educational Opportunities for High School Students Passes Key Committee AB 1451 Concurrent Enrollment Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | 4:18 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News More Cool Stuff Top of the News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to expand pathways for high school students who want to pursue college courses or career tech classes, was unanimously approved in Assembly Higher Education Committee today.AB 1451 Concurrent Enrollment would expand and encourage opportunities for high school students who are capable of advanced scholastic or vocational work to enroll in community college courses. It would also encourage students who need additional help passing the California High School Exit Exam and students who traditionally do not attend college, but would like to see if it’s the right path for them.“This bill would give high school students a head start on their college careers and ease the transition from high school to college,” explained Assemblymember Holden. “Numerous studies have shown that concurrent enrollment increases college success by providing rigorous academic opportunities, exposing high school students to the college experience and expanding job training programs that prepare students for vocational careers.”AB 1451 would modify the restrictions on enrolling high school students in community college courses by creating formal partnerships between community college districts and high schools in its area. The bill also prohibits “double-dipping” where both the high school and the college were reimbursed for the student.center_img Community News HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more