Civil rights, immigration, climate change, and the economy - all are connected and tied directly to the issues of justice and human rights.
At the Sanders Institute Gathering, Dr. Jim Zogby moderated a panel on civil rights, immigration, and human dignity with Dr. Radhika Balakrishnan, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Susan Sarandon, and Ben Jealous. The panelists talked about how climate change and economic injustice are creating conflicts across the world and contributing to mass migration. This in turn has impacted several countries fostering xenophobic far-right movements. They discussed the importance of judging a country's economy, not on how large it is, but on whether it is just and meets the test of providing equal opportunity for all. And they talked about the history of the United States and how genocide against indigenous peoples, indentured servitude, slavery, and disenfranchisement defined the United States' beginning and still shapes our social and our political realities.Read More
In 1998 Robert Reich wrote this piece about the growing inequality between the rich and the poor and how walls do not help fix the problem. As President Trump shuts down the government to fund a border wall, it is important to this argument.Read More
A record high of 75% of Americans now say immigration is a good thing for the country.Read More
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Calls to Keep Families Together, Sustainable Solutions to Broken Immigration System
“The Trump Administration’s use of children as pawns in the immigration debate is despicable and must end now."Read More
The Trump administration’s decision to alter the 2020 Census to ask people if they are American citizens is an unconstitutional power grab that would hurt many disadvantaged Americans.Read More
In this article, Dr. James Zogby describes his family's immigration story. During the 1920s, "he US Congress was in the grips of a nativist xenophobic fervor. Congressional debates termed Syrians as "parasites" with one Senator saying "we don't need any more Syrian trash coming here". Visas for Syrians and other "undesirable countries" were to remain frozen for almost three decades."
Zogby links his father's inability to get a visa to the current political situation of many undocumented immigrants - facing racism from elected officials.
"In the past, because of hard work and the fact that some leaders listened to "the voices of our better angels", the vision of the welcoming "Lady in the Harbor" has won out. It is our fight today to make sure she wins again. The soul of America is at stake. We dare not lose."Read More
By repealing DACA - Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals – Trump has endangered both these young immigrants and the economic security of America.Read More