propaganda war

Below is a piece by the Phil. Inquirer on the illegal/undocumented debate.

Here's my thing -- there is no neutral term in this debate. We can put together impassioned arguments for one or the other, but either way we're choosing a term that reveals a certain agenda.

- Sarah

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War on words heats up in immigration debate
"Undocumented," not "illegal," some say. Others scoff. A linguist calls it a "propaganda war."

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By Lini S. Kadaba
Inquirer Staff Writer

Are the 12 million people living in the United States in violation of immigration law "illegal aliens" or "undocumented workers"?

Or how about "global economic refugees"?

As Congress and the nation continue to debate changes to immigration policy, factions ranging from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to Rush Limbaugh are engaged in a war of words over how to refer to U.S. residents affected by the proposed legislation.

Last week, the Latino journalists' group called on the media to stop "dehumanizing" undocumented workers - the association's preferred term - by labeling them "illegal aliens" and "illegals," a term the group called particularly insensitive.

Other journalist associations, including those representing blacks and Asians, gave their support.

If the distinction seems like "splitting hairs" to some, said Iván Román, the Latino group's executive director, "to us, it's not. The language helps frame or distort the argument."

Words one side finds neutral, the other considers an exercise in political correctness intended to obscure many immigrants' status as law-breakers.

"They're not 'illegal,' " Limbaugh, the conservative political commentator, cracked on his syndicated radio show last week. "Why humiliate them? Call them 'undocumented aliens.'

"Well, let's call people like Jesse James and Willie Sutton 'undocumented bank withdrawers,' " he said. "Just so we don't hurt anybody's feelings... somebody who's not paying taxes... 'undocumented taxpayers.' "

The word-slinging - which recalls the tussle over the abortion-debate terms pro-life and pro-choice and the recent controversy over refugee to describe Katrina evacuees - is "part of a propaganda war to win hearts," said Robert Ness, who teaches linguistics at Dickinson College. "The way the battle will be fought is rhetorical first."

Many groups that advocate for immigrants support the phrases "undocumented immigrant" and "undocumented worker." Labor activist Nathan Newman recently raised the ire of conservatives with his use of "global economic refugee" in a blog.

"These are not small questions," said Frank Sharry, director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigration advocacy group based in Washington. "The language, and who wins the framing of the language, likely will win the debate" on immigration legislation.

Sharry likes "undocumented immigrant." His list of preferred language does not stop there, however. For example, he rejects "amnesty" - which he says implies wrongdoing - in favor of "earned path to citizenship."

Critics say such phrases are political spin.

"It's an attempt to deny the illegality of the illegal alien," said Mark Krikorian, head of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington think tank that supports tighter controls on immigration.

Krikorian sees nothing wrong with "illegal alien," the term federal agencies use. Yet even President Bush has used "undocumented worker" as he makes his case for an overhaul of immigration policy.

David Caulkett, of Broward County, Fla., designed his Web site, http://illegalaliens.us, to lampoon what he considers the absurd "undocumented" distinction.

"Those undocumented are actually highly documented with fraudulent documents that the government readily accepts," said Caulkett, who describes himself as being for "legal immigration."

Many immigrant groups take "illegal alien" as a double insult.

Illegal in that context, or when paired with the word immigrant, is "dehumanizing because it criminalizes the person rather than the actual act," the Latino journalists' group said in a statement.

"We're not against saying, 'people who cross the border illegally,' " Román said.

And alien has a strange, hostile, even "non-terrestrial" connotation and "is considered pejorative by most immigrants," the group said.

The Inquirer, like many news organizations, prefers "illegal immigrant," though other terms have been used on its pages. The word undocumented is not favored because many illegal immigrants have access to some state and federal documents.

At the Associated Press, "illegal immigrant" is also the preferred term, a spokesman for the news agency said.

Lexical controversies frequently erupt when highly partisan issues are being considered, experts said.

This dust-up, in the age of blue states and red states, is "another expression of the political and cultural polarization that the country finds itself in," said Roy Peter Clark, senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, in St. Petersburg, Fla., which trains journalists.

Clark suggests using "illegal immigrant" and "immigrants without legal status" as alternatives to more loaded phrases.

But in the end, he said, "there's going to be no perfect term."

undocumented or illegal

I've been reading up on the immigration debate. This is from a Christian Science Monitor article dated April 12, 2006. "Felony threat rouses immigrants."

"Currently, those who enter the US illegally can be charged with a federal criminal misdemeanor and be sentenced to six months in prison. But simply being in the country without proper documentation is not a criminal offense."


Peace. K


Illegal vs. undocumented

The word “illegal” in the term “illegal-immigrant” is neither accurate nor appropriate to use for our final project.
As journalists language and its usage is the primary tool we use to communicate.
Words might seem the same, but are not. In our lives as writers, it is necessary to watch out for terms that derive from agendas rather than accuracy, truth and fairness.

The word “illegal” in the term “illegal-immigrant” does not specify what type of violation that person committed.
If anyone who has broken the law was called “illegal”:
Murderers would be illegal,
tax evaders would be illegal,
pot smokers would be illegal,
deadbeat dads would be illegal…
even gay people would be illegal in some states, and yet we don’t call them illegal. Why?

A deadbeat dad, tax-evader or pot-smoker can still engage in public life, teach a class or get college degree. They still have protection under the law, --and a right to due process-, even if they not always observe it.

Using the term “illegal immigrant” defines that person’s moral character or condemn him or her to be outside the civil society, outside the law, unlawful, the literal meaning of the word.

We would be saying: You are illegal, your voice is illegal, and your presence and your very existence are deemed as illegal.

We would be taking this position in the debate simply by using the term.

If we instead refer to “undocumented-immigrants” as such, we would be more accurate.
The crime they committed is not having proper documentation to be in this country. They are people who overstayed their visas, crossed the desert or used false documents to enter the country.

Specifying what type of violation these people have committed puts them back in to the legal and civil debate about their presence in this country. For that reason, “undocumented” most clearly reflects their situation.

Final project multimedia design reqs.

The desing team is meeting Monday at 7 to discuss the design of the home page for the final project. Let your opinions be heard or forever hold your complaints.

We met today, and here's what we decided about slideshows for the final project. We'll present everything Thursday; this is just in case you're eager to start.

Our main concern is that everything be consistent. So...

Audio slideshows will be done in Flash. If you don't know how to use Flash, now's your chance. Courtney volunteers to give you a quick tutorial, and there are lots of other people in the class who also know how to use it.

Photo slideshows can be done in Flash or html -- we'll leave that to you.

Photos for the slideshows: horizontal (450 x 350) and vertical (350 x 450).

Every photo should have a 1 px black line around it.

Every photo needs a caption and credit, whether it's in Flash or html.

If you want to see an example, go to folders/2006/finalproject/templates. If you're doing a Flash slideshow, you'll simply put a Flash plug-in where the photo is now and get rid of the top nav buttons, but the photo credit and caption need to be built into your Flash show to match the template.

The first slide of Flash slideshows need to list audio, photo and production credits. We'll give you a template.

Video projects need the same title card; we'll give that to you this week, as well.

Any questions, suggestions, let me know.

Just to weigh in here.

What's new about Dominican baseball in terms of the NEW New Yorkers? The Dominican Republic has been the "infielder factory" for major league baseball for years and the Dominican community has been part of the City for years as well.

As for NASCAR that's going to be a new EVENT for New York but unless it is has started to grow a new community of expatriot southerners forming a new "bubba community" in the City, what's IT got to do with NEW New Yorkers. So where's the NEW New Yorker drive to the story?


I wrote Erin last night to get her perspective on my story. Please read the e-mail and offer feedback:

That whole NASCAR idea I threw out tonight - would it be more
interesting than Dominican baseball?
The proposed track at Staten Island wouldn't be ready for racing
until the end of the decade, but it is interesting that the sport
will be a "New" New Yorker. The multimedia could include a
slideshow/video on local NASCAR fans, and another on SI opponents
to the project. The article could focus on the business decision
behind purchasing the land on SI. Why NASCAR did it? How long
they'd been thinking of doing it? Etc. Art could be a proposed
drawing by them or an AP photo from a race or graphic from a
Let me know.

Erin said either story would work, but this a collective effort and I wanted you all to have some input. I could do either one. Hanging out and watching baseball on warm spring days suits me fine and trying to find New York rednecks (they exist... go to the next Allman Brothers show at the Beacon) or talking to pissed off Long Islanders would be a fun challenge. Shoot me an e-mail or blog your response and I'll move ahead with the article you all feel is best.
(By the way, I've now joined Cardiff and am no longer a blogging virgin. Next thing you know, I'll be creating a sports site, sitting in my boxers, eating Cheetos and pontificating about how Duke sucks and North Carolina can go to hell.)


A note on staff bios - please read

Since we'll be graduating just a few short days after our site launches, we're going to make the bios past tense. (Tripp's idea; I'm not taking credit.) This means that even if you don't want to switch up the info, please put it into past tense.

Also, send me not just story links but the headline of your story. Otherwise, I'll make up my own. "Duy robs bank" and the like.


I think I half expected to log in and find a blog about how much you all hate me. Glad to see its not up here yet; although if that's what it takes to get you all to post to this thing, then go for it.

So, the deadlines, schedule and other important information:

To: Khody, copy Erin
-Multimedia plan. This is not a wishy-washy list; this is a list that says, "I've thought through my story and this is exactly what I am doing with it".
-Multimedia consultation. By 10PM, you need to have reached out to Khody if you want to bounce ideas off him, and ask for guidance. I expect that all of you will check in with him and ask for his feedback. He's a smart kid with a pretty good sense of what works and what doesn't. Seriously. He doesn't suck at this.

To: Courtney, copy Erin
-Updated bios, web sites, and story links

To: Anne, copy Erin
-First draft story copy is due for the following people: Matt, Julia, Mariana, Cara, Susan, Larrison, Sarah, Cherry, Dakin, Cardiff, Tripp
-Design mock-up unveiled
-QA Stylebook distrubuted

I will send details regarding times, meeting places, etc. over the weekend so you have plenty of time to plan. But I want to make this crystal clear--this is mandatory. Not at all optional. And we are all going out to do it at the same time.

To: Anne, copy Erin
-First draft story copy due is due for the following people: Rodrigo, Courtney, Maria, Aili, Abe, Rebecca, Alissa, Kylene, Jessica, Jill

To: Erik, copy nyc24_final@yahoo.com
-Five best photos. Be sure to include at least one good photo of each orientation. (vertical and horizontal)

To: Alex will send detailed instructions including which folder to save this in
-All multimedia elements for your story are due.

To: Alex will send detailed instructions including which folder to save this in; copy Erin.
-Final copy due.

-Soft Launch.

-Final Launch.

-Duy buys us drinks.

We have also broken the Designers and QA editors into pairs and grouped reporters under them. While you are submitting all copy directly to Anne, each deisgn/QA pairing will work with you to ensure that your text is clean, that you have conformed to NYC24 style, and will discuss with you how all of your story elements fit in with the page design.

The pairings/groups are as follows:

Rodrigo, Matt, Maria, Mariana, Julia, Cara, Courtney, Erin

Aili, Abe, Susan, Larrison, Rebecca, Sarah, Cherry

Dakin, Cardiff, Kylene, Jill, Tripp, Jessica, Alissa

I know that some of you were daunted by the amount of work that needs to be done, and the schedule that we laid out for acomplishing that work. The key to this project is to ask for help--from your editors, from past partners, from new people with whom you haven't had the chance to work. Use each other as resources, get out there, and do some great reporting. Flashy graphics are nice, strong navigation is important, the words we use matter and all that jazz. But this project will succeed or fail based on the strength of our reporting. So use tomorrow and the next week to get out there.

Questions, day or night: (617) 818-6810/(212) 362-6302/eb2282@columbia.edu


PS. Design was a contentious issue way back on the first issue. The designers have put together a bunch of links to stuff they like, here on the blog. Check it out, comment on it, make yourselves heard. Now is your chance.


Here are some sites the design team likes for various reasons. Weigh in and suggest aspect of sites that you absolutely love. There are a lot here, but I would encourage you to take the time to browse through them and make your opinion known.


(i like the rollovers under the nav bar)



(only the left nav bar - drop downs)


(another look entirely, but might work with a people-based issue)

I like the tabs that lead you to preview different stories but keeps
full page looking the same.

This might give us an idea on what embedding video on a page would
look like. Their video doesn't start automatically. You must hit
play. I also like the ticker tape that rolls across the page.

I like they deal with related links of the story all at the bottom.

This is another way of handling a photo gallery, particularly the
rally if there are multiple photographers.

I like the division of topics on the bottom.

I like the idea of running a photo large verticle photo along side
the story, we could put a pull quote where the dark in boxes are.

I like how the nav bar breaks into more navigational options on the
Alias portion (the gray bars).

A possible way to deal with a video gallery.

I like the timeline, this might come in handy for a photo story it's
a way to break up the story. I also like the flash on the nav bar
but it's a bit too much for our purposes.

I like this for our staff pages. This will give us the chance to
have our bio, personal web sites and our work from the semester.
It's some work but it would be great to feature us this way.

(nice, subtle flash on front page)

(nice use of tabs to organize)

(clean design, very simple yet effective flash)

(simple, logical layout, but highly visual…a true “web site”…not just the magazine content republished online)

(another example of tabs…bottom is a mess, though)

< ahref="http://www.ign.com/">http://www.ign.com/
(example of a preview gallery coupled with main section)

(front page only is a great example of a site effectively using an unusual color as a background)

(really unusual, interesting idea)





Staff page

Hi, everyone,

We're going to be re-doing the staff page for the final issue. Here's what I need from you by next Wednesday, April 19:

- A revised bio, if you want to switch it up (100 words max)

-A new photo, if you don't like your old one

- Most importantly: links to your homepage and NYC24 stories. We're going to make it so that when users click on your photo, a bio will pop up along with links to your web work. We'll add the links to your final project work.

If I don't get any info from you, I'll assume you want to use the bio and pic we already have and don't want your web work linked.




Major Site Redesigns

News giants redesign sites: Do they work?
(a Chicago Tribune columnist weighs in ... requires login, but it's free.)

An excerpt:

"Simply put, the growth is in digital. From January to December of last year, newspaper Web sites collectively saw a 21 percent increase in unique visitors, and in November, more than a third of all Internet users visited a newspaper site, according to a recent study from the Newspaper Association of America. This growth, part of the reason newspaper sites are the dominant digital information providers in most local markets, comes as print circulation continues a decades-long slow decline.

But the Times and Journal sites are especially important not only because of their journalistic stature, but because they are the first and sixth most popular online papers, respectively, according to Nielsen/NetRatings' February measurements of unique visitors. (ChicagoTribune.com is ninth, and the Sun-Times' site 11th, while the suburban Daily Herald placed second in the NAA's ranking of papers that have used their Web sites to expand their reach among the coveted 25-34-year-old demographic.)"

Immigration Resources

There's probably many more expert-type sources, but I overhead a professor from another course recommend the following to a few of his students looking into an immigration story:

-- SIPA Prof. Rodolfo de la Garza
-- The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute

Design meeting

For anyone who's interested in putting in their 2 cents about the design of the final project, the design team is meeting Thursday at 5 p.m. We'll meet in the Mac lab and then find a room. We'll be discussing aspects of sites we like and talking about how we want to organize the content on the main page.


Pitches for the final project are due today, 12 noon. Copy both me and Anne on the pitches; the first half of the alphabet will receive comments from me, the second have will receive them from Anne.

We will return comments by the end of the day.

Questions, concerns, or commentary, you can reach me all day at (212) 362-6302.

Check the blog later today for minutes of the editorial board meeting last night, and other conversations...


Folks -- keep the podcasts coming. Even though we are not publishing for another few weeks, this does not mean that our podcast should stay dormant. Please send the files to me (mp3 for audio, mp4 for video) along with the podcast's title and a short description of the podcast (a line or two). Our goal was to have at least 10 episodes before the year's end and I think we can make it and then some.

Remember, the podcasts are freeform. Where else do you get the flexibility at the J-School.

Good work,



This Week's Podcast

I am working on an audio podcast to go up this week about yesterday's rally. I'm going at it from the angle of our personal experiences / impressions of the event. As reporters, we don't get to talk about our own experiences and opinions, so this will be a great opportunity. If you were at the rally yesterday, let me know as soon as possible so we can get some audio recorded. I'll be at school tomorrow (Wednesday) after three o'clock for sure, but possibly also in the morning. Call my cell phone if you are around and want to meet up. ~Sushil*

On the Subject of Podcasts- #6

Sushil and I did an audio podcast about our trip to hear the Princeton Laptop Orchestra. For bookkeeping purposes, ours is #6,

Possible Angle for NNYers Story

The number of foreign graduate students studying in the U.S. is on the rise, following a sharp post-9/11 dip.

Applications from foreign students to U.S. grad schools rose 11% for classes starting in the fall, the Council of Graduate Schools said. That compares with a 32% total decline from 2003 to 2005.

Indian students made up most of the applicants, followed closely by Chinese. The majority apply to engineering and life science programs. Foreign students currently make up 50% enrollment in U.S. engineering graduate programs and 41% in physical science programs.

-- WSJ's Washington Wire
Once again, with our great reporting skills, we published a story before the Times. By a couple of months. I don't know if any of you have seen this yet today.




so here's the deal--weather looks good, so we will meet on the steps in front of the journalism building at 5; we'll sit down somewhere in the courtyard...

my cell phone, in the event you get lost: 617-818-6810.

see you at 5.

MEETING TODAY - 5PM, The West End Bar, 114th and Broadway

The meeting this afternoon will be at 5:00 at the West End. If all
goes well, we'll meet outside--if there are no tables outside, then
inside, toward the back. We will be done by 7:00.

In the future, I won't start any meetings this early, and I
apologize to those of you who will be coming a little bit late.

Topics to be covered include:
deadline schedule
yesterday's rally
pitch night
position responsibilities
style guide
design ideas

Let me know if there are any questions, and remember all are welcome. This project belongs to all of us, and everyone should come by and put in their two cents.


audio podcast || Rally

I got a lot of great photos and great audio at the rally today, and I was thinking about putting together an audio podcast. I have to go through what I got tomorrow and see just what can be done with it. Thoughts? Sushil*

new New Yorkers video podcast

What up? Greetings from Chicago! From all the e-mails, I assume we have a big group out at the rally today, which is excellent.

I'm writing because as the managing editor I want to keep the momentum from Issue3 & 4 of posting video podcasts alive! I am clearly enamored w/ getting my face in front of that camera and love telling everyone I come in contact with that our class has a video podcast on iTunes (yes, I told EVERYONE I interviewed w/ on Saturday, and they loved it!).

So, I want to have a few video podcasts of producing the new New Yorkers, one on the final issue, and one on the new media workshop experience. As you're crafting your pitches for tomorrow and shooting video, make sure to get a TON of good B Roll. I see all 15 reporters being on camera and telling their stories in one of the podcasts, so the more footage you get, the better.

I look forward to seeing the pitches tomorrow and plan on keeping in close contact w/ everyone throughout the process of reporting and writing. I'll let you know when your time has come for the podcast. And, everyone who isn't reporting, I'll get the editors on camera too...a little behind the scenes action might be nice.

Hope pre-reporting is going well! Again, I look forward to seeing those pitches tomorrow.


Immigration economics and a question for the editors

Hey everybody,

A big part of the current immigration debate is the impact (or lack of impact) that new immigrants have on the jobs and wages of native workers. For anybody that wants to learn about this but lacks the stomach for phrases like "labor demand curve" and "capital reduction", below is the link to a concise - and in my opinion fair - overview on the subject in this week's The Economist.


Also, right now I'm considering two story topics for the project: the first about somebody who has won the green card lottery in his or her country and moved to New York City, and the second about young foreign-exchange students. Specifically, I'd like to investigate how living here has affected their impression of the United States, and of Americans.

Thomas Friedman used to write that one of the best things the U.S. could do is invite more young students from other countries - especially from countries that regard Americans with distant hatred or suspicion - and let them see for themselves that we're not so bad while receiving a much better education than would otherwise be possible. Over time, the theory goes, many of these students return to their countries and start having an influence in the way America is viewed. Is Friedman right? I don't know, but it would be interesting to find some of these students in New York City and present their stories.

I have a friend from a poor village in Senegal who won the green card lottery and moved to New York when he was 16. The details of his story are amazing but too long for this post - ask me about it in person, if you're interested. But the point is that he finished high school and college here, obtained his citizenship and he is now more fiercely patriotic than most native-born Americans. (And I'm not talking about anything related to the war, just how much he loves the U.S.) He returns often to Senegal to see his family and share his story.

He is only one example, but a good one that demonstrates the potential impact of educating foreign students while they're still young. Is this the case for all, or even for most of these students? Again, I don't know, but I like the idea of looking into it.

Editors, can you tell me if New New Yorkers include people who come here for only a set period of time? In other words, does a foreign exchange student scheduled to return to his country after a few years fit within the theme, or by New Yorkers are we talking about people who plan to settle here?

This is my first-ever blog post - BOOYAH

Actually, it's kind of anticlimactic...


IMPORTANT April 10 Immigrant Rights Rally Information (NYC)

Subject: IMPORTANT April 10 Immigrant Rights Rally Information (NYC)

pass the word...

Canal Street, Canal Street, Canal Street!!

We are very excited to see so many community, labor, and religious groups organizing for Monday's event. I have received several calls requesting more information about Monday. I hope the information below helps. The three most important things to note are:

1) We are expecting all City Hall train stops to close down early so we are asking everyone to enter the rally through Canal Street.

2) Some groups are gathering and marching to the rally from various locations; however, many of these groups do not have marching permits. The sites below are the three confirmed locations that have obtained a permit to march and that folks can join without putting your constiuents at risk.

WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK (1 to Christopher Street, A/C/E or B/D/F to West 4th Street)
Meet at 2:00pm and march via Broadway
Contact: The New York Immigration Coalition, (212) 627-2227

Meet at 2:00pm and march via Worth Street

CADMAN PLAZA, BROOKLYN (A/C to High Street, 2/3 to Clark Street)
Meet at 2:30 and march across the Brooklyn Bridge at 4:00 pm
Contact: Ana Maria Archila (917) 330-5337

3) If you encounter or observe any problems during the rally particularly between police and participants, you should notify one of the rally marshals (wearing white caps with the purple word MARSHAL) and/or call the New York Immigration Coalition at (212) 627-2227.

If you are meeting up with a large group of people and walking to the rally, you can legally walk on the sidewalk but you can not:
- use amplified sound
- walk in the street/block traffic
-block the sidewalk with large banners
I urge you to join one of the groups above if possible, but if you are already planning on meeting in another location in the city, please email Laura Eldridge at LEldridge@seiu32bj.org with the following information:
Meetup Location
Time of Meetup
# of People Expected
Any permits you have secured
Contact name and phone number
We have a pool of police monitors, legal observers, and possibly some trained crowd control folk who can meet you and help you get to the rally without incident but if we don't know we can't help you.

If you are planning on taking public transportation:
- Arriving 2pm-2:30pm: use the R/W to City Hall/Broadway, J/M/Z/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, A/E/2 to Park Place/Broadway
-Arriving after 2:30pm: Use the 4/5/6 or A/C/E to Canal Street and walk south on Broadway to join the rally.
It is likely that the City Hall subway stops will become very crowded early on and will possible be shut down, so it's better to get off the train a bit further away and walk to the rally.

We desperately need legal observers for the April 10th rally! Spanish-speaking legal observers will be in particularly high demand!
We are asking videographers, photographers, lawyers, legal workers and law students who can be available on the afternoon and evening of April 10th from 3 pm to 7 pm, to come to a training being sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter, on the evening of Sunday, April 9th, from 5 pm to 7 pm, at the New York Immigration Coalition 137-139 W. 25th Street, 12th floor
RSVPs to Julie Dinnerstein at jdinnerstein@thenyic.org for the Sunday evening event are appreciated but not required.

Hi, A-10 NYC Mobilization Network for Immigrants Rights Members:

We are sending you the latest generic flyer for April 10 Rally with an updated list of participating organizations.
If you have names of organizations that are participating and are not included, please let know to make any correction.

In Solidarity,
Rhadames Rivera
1199 SEIU

Don't let them destroy the freedom we fought so hard to win!

National Day of Action Rally for Immigrant Rights

3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join thousands of unions members, immigrants and activists in 30 cities across America in a massive coordinated rally to stop the U.S. Senate from passing an appalling anti-immigrant bill that would destroy the fabric of our country and the hopes of immigrant families seeking a better life. We will come together across the nation to:

* Stop anti-immigrant House resolution 4437
* Bring an end to all attacks against immigrants and the unwarranted criminalization of immigrant communities
* Demand real immigration reform that includes a true path to citizenship, worker and family protections and full rights for immigrants.

As a sign of peaceful protest! Join us in wearing a white shirt

Trains /Trenes:

Immigrant History Week

April 17 to April 23 is Immigrant History Week in NYC. There are some interesting talks and events going on that could give inspiration for story ideas.

Also, Gotham Gazette's immigration page is a good place to go for information.
Something that might work somewhere in New New Yorkers.

On Broadway now. Bridges and Tunnels. It's the "immigrant experience" as one-person "multi-character" show.

Supposed to be very good and the woman who stars is articulate about the subject not just the show.

Info for tomorrow's march

Here's a press release. Also, there's more information at april10.org.


None of the Flash is working when the site is viewed in Internet Explorer on a PC. Is that something that will be fixed when the site goes live or is there something we need to change to make it work?