Immigration

Africana Film Festival Starts Today

Starting today, filmmakers from Jamaica, Ghana, Cameroon and Cuba will arrive on Brown’s campus to discuss their films and life’s work with Providence audiences. The 2010 Africana Film Festival features a retrospective of work by The Black Audio Film Collective. John Akomfrah (Ghana/UK) and Lina Gopaul (Jamaica/UK), founding members of the collective and current members […]

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On Immigration

The very most specific reasons for immigration vary year-by-year and generation-by-generation, but there are two basic themes which remain constant:  Flight from violence, and flight from destitution.  It’s sadly evident that we can expect anti-immigrant sentiment to manifest generation-by-generation as well. We learned, I learned anyway, growing up, that the infamous “no Irish need apply’

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Big Fundraiser for Rep Diaz Tonight (Thurs)

Grace Diaz is having a huge fundraiser tomorrow night, featuring Grammy winner Bill Harley, the Superchief Trio, and the premiere of a film made by Rhode Island High School students in support of Rep Diaz’s In-State Tuition Act, which would award in-state tuition to all RI high school grads — regardless of immigration status. As

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This Is Where She Suggests That Chinese Adopt Less-Confusing Names

It’s around the 3:20 mark: [youtube]v9hdVUzMeDw[/youtube] The Texas Democratic party and others called on Brown to apologize after she said voters of Asian descent should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with.” The comments were part of an exchange with Ramey Ko, a representative of the Organization of Chinese Americans, during a

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Putting The Leper In Leprechaun

Smilin’ John from The Bucket (this is not him, I don’t think, I hope not) wants to remind readers that Pawtucket always gets a jump on the drinking season by holding their parade a week earlier than everyone else. Starring the Rev. Joseph Paquette as St. Patrick, the parade starts at Jenks Junior High on

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Press Conference in response to last night’s raids

An update for Dave’s coverage of last night’s immigration raids that took janitors across the state–RI Jobs with Justice and others are holding a press conference in about half an hour to respond to last night’s events: Last night ICE detained 31 people as they got to work. Stand together today to say we won’t

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Deval Patrick: 100 x More Awesome than Our Governor

Reason #1: Citing a tripling in domestic violence homicides in the past two years, Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday declared a “public health emergency” and directed health and safety officials to review data over the past three years and produce a trend analysis. In 2007, there were 42 murders and 13 suicides related to domestic violence,

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