Immigration Archive

Why I’ll Be Marching: Alex Handfinger on Southerners United for Dignity and Reform

On October 12th Arkansans will come together to march for immigration reform. Organized by the Southeast Immigrants Rights Network in partnership with Arkansas United Community Coalition, and coinciding with a two-day conference to be held at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, two simultaneous marches will take place across the city beginning at 3:00 pm—one
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Don’t Forget About Arkansas: March for Immigration Reform in Dardanelle, Arkansas

  A few weeks ago the Arkansas United Community Coalition Held a rally in Dardanelle, Arkansas calling for immigrant reform. They picked the small town of Dardanelle because it’s home to congressman Tom Cotton, the Republican who’s running against Senator Pryor in the upcoming state senate race. Rallies are relatively common in places like Little
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Summer Reading Series: Right to DREAM: Immigration Reform and America’s Future

This week’s column continues the summer reading series, a look at books—both recent and decades old—that shed light on history and everyday life in central Arkansas. Published this year by the University of Arkansas Press, Right to DREAM: Immigration Reform and America’s Future is a look at the the importance of the DREAM ACT and
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From Here to California: What’s Your Family’s Arkansas Labor Migration Story?

One of the core goals of this column is to continually explore the wide variety of stories and voices that articulate what it means to call this place home. For years now I’ve had the opportunity to do a great deal of oral history research, learning more about life in central and northwest Arkansas anywhere
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Get Involved: April 10th Immigration Reform National Day of Action

This Wednesday April 10th people around the nation will come together to call on national leaders to work toward fair immigration reform. Led by both secular and faith-based groups at both the state and local levels, these events will work to call attention to the need for comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together, allows
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Arkansas Vigil to End Immigrant Detention

El Zocalo Immigrant Resource Center, a volunteer-based grassroots organization that provides support to immigrant detainees and their families and to immigrants needing to access medical care, is asking Arkansans concerned about immigrants rights to attend a vigil to end detention this Sunday, December 9th beginning at 4:15 p.m. at St. Edwards Catholic Church. Arkansas immigrant rights
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“Crossing Borders: From Mexico to U.S.” on Hearing Voices radio program

I was driving last weekend when I came across this Hearing Voices radio program on KABF.  “Crossing Borders: From Mexico to U.S,” originally aired in 2008.  A tale of what immigrants face attempting to cross the border, the program is still just as relevant today in 2012.  This program, like all of the productions by
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Alto Arizona and Artists Changing the Immigration Debate

This past week Colorlines magazine published an article that profiles four visual artists who are “reshaping the immigration debate” in the United States. They’re a part of the the Alto Arizona campaign, which has collected over 500 artists involved in “creative resistance” to the raids and deportations in Arizona and beyond.  Alto Arizona is a
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Some Thoughts on Public Folklore in Practice, by Molly Bolick

We’re excited about this first post from Molly Bolick, a second year Folk Studies graduate student at Western Kentucky University.  Here she discusses her summer internship with the PA Folklife Archives, the role of textiles in diverse refugee communities, and how this experience is helping her contemplate concepts of her own ““Home”  — a place of family, comfort
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“No One is Illegal,” most recent radio program from the show “Making Contact.”

This radio program is an edited version of a talk by Harjap Grewal, an organizer with the Canadian-based group, “No One is Illegal.” He discusses the ways in which NAFTA, the state sanctioned guest worker programs, and cooperations put profit before human rights and engage in a new form of Indentured labor and slavery. Likewise,
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