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New Orleans Losing Cops Faster Than It Can Replace Them

New America Media - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:45
 The bad news just keeps on coming for the embattled New Orleans Police Department as it undergoes implementation of a federally mandated consent decree and grapples with higher rates of violent crime and what city and NOPD leaders describe as... Louisiana Weekly http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Jose Antonio Vargas Detained by Border Patrol

New America Media - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:35
 Pulitzer prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas—whose “Documented” film is still making rounds—has essentially been trapped near the U.S.-Mexico border for several days. Vargas has traveled around the United States without incident, but things change the closer one gets to... Colorlines http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Underground Networks Spring Up to Help Migrant Kids in U.S.

New America Media - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:06
Priests, shopkeepers, doctors, lawyers, activists and even artists are among those who make up a network that is starting to spring up in the United States to help migrant kids – but they must keep the network underground to avoid... Laura Sánchez, El Universal, Translated by Elena Shore http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Native Baller Shoni Schimmel Has WNBA's Top-Selling Jersey

Colorlines - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:20
Native Baller Shoni Schimmel Has WNBA's Top-Selling Jersey

Shoni Schimmel came to national prominence last year when she and her sister led Louisville to the NCAA Women's Championship basketball game. Both sisters are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Since going pro, Shoni has become one of the highest profile Native athletes in the country. Just how high profile? Enough that the Atlanta Dream rookie has the top selling replica jersey in the WNBA, beating out stars like Skylar Diggins and Britney Griner. 

Schimmel has also been voted a starter for Saturday's WNBA All-Star game. 

(h/t Oregon Live)

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Los Rakas Pays Tribute to Families Torn Apart by Deportation

Colorlines - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:51

Los Rakas, an Oakland-based Panamanian-American hip-hop duo, is out with a new video that looks at America's broken immigration system. In "Chica de mi Corazon" directed by Nelson Navarrete, a boy makes the dangerous journey to the United States in search of his mother. The music is especially timely in light of the thousands of child migrants who've been thrust in the American media's spotlight. 

The duo write:

"We see what can happen when people are forced from their homelands because of poverty and the dangerous risks they must face. Through the hardship and struggle, the videos celebrate these stories and the mothers around the world who risk it all for their families. This is just one immigrant romance and tragedy, a soundtrack for the world we are currently living in."

The video is the second part of a cinematic series that focuses on the push-and-pull factors of immigration. The first one, "Sueño Americano", was directed by the Perez Brothers. 

Here's the English translation for "Chica de Mi Corazon":

(Chorus)
Girl of my heart
I dedicate this song to you
Come back soon to my heart
Girl of my heart
I dedicate this song to you
Come back soon to my heart
To my heart
To my heart
Come back soon to my heart
To my heart
To my heart
Come back soon to my heart
This happened a few years ago
When I was in the land of PanamaShe was a very special girl
For me that was the most beautiful girl
I was coming over here
You could see the happiness in my face
But I was sad at the same time
Mami I love you without you I'm not happy
Mami I'm not lying or making up stories
I love you, I like you and I respect you
I want you at my side to fill you kisses
You're the woman I always see in my dreams
(Chorus)
Girl of my heart
I dedicate this song to you
Come back soon to my heart
Girl of my heart
I dedicate this song to you
Come back soon to my heart
To my heart
To my heart
Come back soon to my heart
To my heart
To my heart
Come back soon to my heart
Remembering the past
And the moments when we were close
Girl I had you by my side when I was little
This distance has me exhausted
Looking at the moon
Girl if I could I'd leave
And only dedicate myself to your capture
You're my soul, my queen without a doubt
Mama, it's been 10 years that I can't see you
I can't kiss you
This distance is killing me
I miss you
(Chorus)
Girl of my heart
I dedicate this song to you
Come back soon to my heart
Girl of my heart
I dedicate this song to you
Come back soon to my heart
To my heartTo my heart
Come back soon to my heart
To my heart
To my heart
Come back soon to my heart

And for Sueño Americano:

Estos manes no conocen nada de mí
Ni saben lo que he tenido que hacer para vivir
La vida en América no es como creí
Ni menos como piensan
Los que no viven aquí
Es dura
Compa esto no es Panama
Que si no tienes algo
El vecino te lo da
Acá si quieres algo tú lo tienes que buscar
Y si no hay trabajo entonces tienes que pecar
Porque renta es cara la ley es mala
Sin papeles tú no eres nada
Ni como humano te tratan
Esto es un mensaje para toda mi raza
(coro)
Hey nada es como antes
Las cosas han cambiado
Pero hay que hechar para alante
Yo soy inmigrante y se me trata a mí
Como si soy maliante
(repeat)
Sueño americano
Es el sueño americano
Así es el sueño americano
Es el sueño americano
La circunstancia me limita
No puedo ir pa' college
Porque no tengo mi green card
Ando sin trabajo y la mente negativa
Tramando lo que sea para llegar hacia la cima
Tú me entiendes?
Ya no soy el mismo joven inocente
America me convirtió en delincuenteParkiando con los manes que roban y venden
Tomando, fumando, actuando indecente
Y mi mama 'ta cansada ayer me llamó
Dice que no puede más
Que a dios todo el día le resa
Para que me vaya bien
Y nunca me vaya mal
Y los ojos se me empiezan a aguar
Me necesita y ni la puedo ayudar
Perdoname mama
Pronto yo y Rico vamos a estar en la fama con lana
(coro)
Hey nada es como antes
Las cosas han cambiado
Pero hay que hechar para alante
Yo soy inmigrante y se me trata a mí
Como si soy maliante
(repeat)
Sueño americano
Es el sueño americano
Así es el sueño americano
Es el sueño americano

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Iggy Azalea's Theft of Southern Black Women's Culture

Colorlines - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:42
Iggy Azalea's Theft of Southern Black Women's Culture

What do you do with an artist like Iggy Azalea? She's a white Australian emcee who's currently got one of America's most popular rap songs in "Fancy," a swagger-packed ode to Southern crunk. But, as Brittney Cooper points out at Salon, white artists don't have to appropriate black culture to be good rappers. And Cooper calls out black male rappers like T.I. for promoting a white female artist like Iggy Azalea over black women:

Forty years ago, Black male race leaders told us that race was the only thing that mattered, feminism be damned. Now in this political moment of My Brother's Keeper, in the cultural arena, rap crews like Lil Wayne's Young Money Cash Money and T.I.'s Grand Hustle Entertainment throw their weight behind white women rappers without a second thought. From this, Black women are supposed to conclude two things: 1) race does not matter, except if you are a Black man and 2) if Black men do anything for any woman, it's the same as being hospitable and/or progressive to every woman.

By riding for white female rappers to the exclusion of Black women, Black men collude with the system against Black women, by demonstrating that our needs, aspirations and feelings do not matter and are not worthy of having a hearing.

Read more over at Salon

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Watch Onondaga Turtle Clan's Alfred Jacques Make Lacrosse Sticks

Colorlines - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:29

The Iroquois Nationals beat Australia 12-10 at the World Lacrosse Championship in Denver, Colo. Monday night; the team has won three of its four games in the tournament so far. After being barred from participating over a passport debacle in 2010, the team is back this year and scheduled to play against the United States tonight. 

Lacrosse remains a sacred game for the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois. In this short video, Onondaga stickmaker Alfred Jacques illustrates the importance of the craft he's been honing for 50 years. 

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LeBron James' Reunion With Cleveland Touches on Midwest's 'Brain Drain'

Colorlines - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:27
LeBron James' Reunion With Cleveland Touches on Midwest's 'Brain Drain'

After weeks of holding the sports world hostage, LeBron James has finally announced that he's returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. In a touching letter published in Sports Illustrated, James listed the intensely personal reasons for wanting to return to the place that raised him and, in the process, managed to sound like most young folks of his generation who want to make an impact.

 I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I'm from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there's no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.

In this, James isn't exactly alone. Census data indicate that the state of Ohio may finally be reversing a decades-long brain drain as young people between the ages of 20 and 34 remain in the state. (James, who is 29, likened the four years he spent in Miami as "almost like college for other kids.")

Cleveland is known as a city that's suffered countless heartbreaks in sports, chief among them James' 2010 decision to take his talents to South Beach. But that heartache has often meant more in a city that's also been decimated by industrial decline. When the Republican National Committee announced that it had chosen to host its 2016 convention in Cleveland, a spurned Dallas Morning News' editorial board wrote, "Still, no matter how much fun you have, when you wake up, you'll still be in Cleveland."

But it looks like more and more, Cleveland is the place to be. 

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The Iroquois Nationals Team Shines at the World Lacrosse Championship

Colorlines - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:24
The Iroquois Nationals Team Shines at the World Lacrosse Championship

The World Lacrosse Championship kicked off in 1967, and has been played every four years since 1974. But the game itself goes back much further, to time immemorial. According to the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, creation story, the game was first played in the spirit world. Lacrosse is more than just a game for the Haudenosaunee: because it was handed down by the Creator, playing lacrosse is like sacred medicine. 

The Iroquois Nationals team was first admitted to the federation that runs the championship tournament in 1990, and remains the only First Nations/Native American team that is recognized to compete in an international tournament. The team has consistently placed in the top five each year it participates.

07-14-14-haudenosaunee-1.jpgThe Haudenosaunee is a confederacy of six nations: the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora Nations are spread over what most people call Canada and the United States today. As a confederacy of sovereign tribal nations, the Haudenosaunee have their own passports. But when the team attempted to compete in Manchester in the 2010 World Lacrosse Championship, England declined the team entry because it refused to recognize the Haudenosaunee passport. The Iroquois Nationals fought the decision and are now back in this year's tournament, which is being held in Denver, Colo. 

As the Denver Post reports, the Iroquois Nationals team is packed with amazing players:

The Thompson family -- four brothers and a cousin on the Iroquois Nationals -- are fueling a team that is poised to dominate. With 3-foot braids swinging below their helmets, the Thompsons -- led by State University at Albany brothers Miles, 23, and Lyle, 21, and their 23-year-old cousin Ty -- are bringing an instinctual, honed-since-birth style of box-lacrosse play to the international stage, promising to elevate the game their ancestors created.

The trio arguably comprises the three best young players in all of lacrosse. Miles and Lyle co-won the 2014 Tewaaraton Award, the Heisman Trophy of lacrosse, marking the first time the award has gone to an American Indian.

Lacrosse became popular with Europeans who arrived in the eastern part of North America--called Turtle Island by the Haudenosaunee. Over time, the game has grown internationally, and is sometimes associated with elite universities in the United States. But no one knows the game better, or has played as long, as the Haudenosaunee.

This year, the Iroquois Nationals beat England and Japan by big margins--and barely lost to Canada by just one point in Sunday night's game. It faces off with Australia tonight, and against the United States on Tuesday evening. The tournament continues through Saturday. 

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Inside the Immigration 'Icebox'

Colorlines - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:19

The Obama administration has asked Congress for nearly $4 billion to deal with the influx of unaccompanied Central American children making their way into the United States. He aims to increase border enforcement, increase detention center capacity and hire immigration judges to expedite their removal. But before migrant children are placed in detention, they're processed in holding facilities. It is here that many complain of what they call hieleras, or iceboxes--rooms so cold, they feel like they're freezing. Customs and Border Protection denies the use of hieleras. But according to lawsuits, they're too often the norm. Colorlines spoke with one migrant from Honduras, Mayeli Hernández. Along with her 8-year-old sister, she crossed into the United States last year when she was just 11 years old. Here, she talks about what her experience in the hielera was like. 

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NYT: Violent Abuse of the Mentally Ill Is Routine, Widespread at Rikers Island

Colorlines - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:17
 Violent Abuse of the Mentally Ill Is Routine, Widespread at Rikers Island

In a devastating investigation published on Monday, the New York Times details horrific abuses of mentally ill inmates taking place at the hands of guards behind the walls of New York City's Rikers Island jail. In an 11-month span last year, 129 inmates at Rikers Island were seriously injured in "altercations" with guards, and more than three-quarters of them had received a mental illness diagnosis. Inmates have been getting beat up so badly that they require stitches, emergency surgery or care for broken bones.

Here are just two of multiple incidents New York Times reporters Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz uncovered in their investigation:

In August, Carlos Gonzalez, who suffered from depression and schizophrenia, was holding hands with his fiancée in a visiting area when a guard told him to let go. The guard threw him against a wall and told him to apologize for continuing to hold on, according to a Legal Aid Society complaint. In Mr. Gonzalez's version of the events, he said he was sorry, but the guard told him to say it louder. When Mr. Gonzalez, who was arrested for violating an order of protection, refused, he said two guards punched him in the face. Mr. Gonzalez's eardrum was ruptured, and he was so bloodied the guards made him change into a clean jumpsuit before he was taken to a clinic and later to Elmhurst Hospital Center.

In Brian Mack's case, guards were allegedly settling a score. Mr. Mack, 57, who has been convicted of grand larceny, told investigators and health officials that he was assaulted in May 2013 by a captain and another officer after the captain challenged him over complaints he made about guards stealing inmates' food. The captain struck him in the eye with his radio and the officer punched him in his jaw, Mr. Mack told investigators from the correction board.

Medical workers later reported that he had sustained "serious head trauma," including a broken jaw and eye socket. Correction Department officials claimed Mr. Mack's injuries came from a fight with other inmates, but board investigators could find no record of such a fight in the department's log books.

It's a story of aggression and brutality carried out with impunity and against particularly vulnerable inmates. It's also a snapshot of New York City's jail as it, like so many around the country, absorbs those with mental illness who might have been housed in other institutions. "Rikers now has about as many people with mental illnesses -- roughly 4,000 of the 11,000 inmates -- as all 24 psychiatric hospitals in New York State combined," Winerip and Schwirtz write. And the proportions are on the rise. Read the article in full at the New York Times.

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Are Black Men Really 'Bigger?'

Colorlines - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:01

The team behind "Dear White People" is back with another PSA to help everyone tackle their stereotypes about black folks. 

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Deadly Derailment in Moscow, Big Tobacco Merger and 603 Dead from Ebola

Colorlines - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:00
Deadly Derailment in Moscow, Big Tobacco Merger and 603 Dead from Ebola

Here's what I'm reading up on this morning: 

  • Tracy Morgan is still recovering from a deadly car crash in which he was critically injured, and speaks out to paparazzi for the first time since. 
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Palestinian Americans Weigh in On Homeland Crisis

New America Media - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 01:10
 DEARBORN — As the war rages on Gaza, Palestinian American activists told The Arab American News about the severity of the humanitarian situation, urging the community to organize and mobilize for the Palestinian cause. Political science professor Abdelhamid Siyam, who... Ali Harb http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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The Caribbean: A Clean Energy Revolution on the Front Lines of Climate Change

New America Media - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 01:00
photo: Children in Georgetown, Guyana learn about solar energy during an exhibition. Credit: CREDPBRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Lefties Food Stall, a pint-sized eatery serving Barbados’ signature flying-fish sandwiches, recently became the first snack shack on the Caribbean island to be fitted... Richard Schiffman http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Volviendo a casa: Cuidando de la creciente población de adultos mayores

New America Media - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:18
EnglishTenaz y un poco luchadora, Hellen Aitel alcanzó sus 90 años disfrutando de una vida mayormente autosuficiente. Hasta que le realizaron una operación en 2012. "Entró al hospital caminando y regresó a casa en una silla de ruedas", dice su... Anne Kavanagh http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Take this Ring -- But Keep Your Name

Hyphen Blog - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:31

Sylvie Kim is getting married and keeping her name -- no matter what the county clerk thinks about it.

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NYC Offers IDs to Undocumented Immigrants

New America Media - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:03
Beginning next year, no New Yorker will be undocumented who doesn't want to be, at least in the Big Apple.Mayor Bill de Blasio last Thursday signed a bill that allows all New Yorkers -- regardless of their immigration status --... El Diario http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Las mujeres también juegan el deporte rey

New America Media - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:01
Foto: Abby Wambach / EFEEnglish TranslationCon toda la emoción del final del Mundial el fin de semana pasada, ¿sabía que lo que llamamos el Mundial es verdaderamente el Mundial de los hombres y que las mujeres tendrán su Mundial en... Ann Marie Hager http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Women Play Soccer Too

New America Media - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:52
Photo: Abby Wambach / EFETraducción al españolWith all the hype around this weekend's knock-out rounds of the World Cup, did you know that what we refer to worldwide as the World Cup is actually the Men’s World Cup and that... Ann Marie Hager http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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