Latino Representation in the Media

“Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” The Media Matters Action Network has released a report entitled: Fear & Loathing in Prime Time: Immigration Myths and Cable News.

An excerpt from their executive summary follows:

“There are many problems facing the United States today: a faltering economy, a health-care crisis, and the continuing war in Iraq, to name a few. But viewers of some of the most prominent cable news programs are presented a different reality in which one issue stands above all others: illegal immigration.

Media Matters Action Network undertook this study in order to document how immigration is discussed and debated on cable news. When it comes to immigration, cable news overflows not just with vitriolic rhetoric, but also with a series of myths that feed viewers’ resentment and fears, fostering hostility toward immigrants.”

If you are interested in a local take on this subject check out what the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network has to offer:

“”Many of you know that the physical struggle for immigrant rights is as important on the streets as it is in the discursive world of media and communications.

We extend an invite to you all to come support immigrant rights in the terrain of media by coming to the National Conference for Media Reform this Friday to Sunday!

MIFN will be presenting in a panel titled “When Media is the Second Issue: Connecting with Social Justice Organizations.”
To read more about this presentation click here: http://www.freepress.net/node/40059

When: Saturday, June 7th

Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Room: 205 C D

We hope you can come out and support!

In addition, we are organizing a media & immigration party for this Friday night to raise money to help us keep fueling the work we do with immigrant community members to ensure the media portrays the issue of immigration in a humanistic manner.

If you would like to help with this effort (distributing flyers, organizing the food, music, etc) please email or call Martha at martha@immigrantfreedomnetwork.org or 651-287-0660.

Lastly, support local media KFAI and Twin Cities Daily Planet for a welcoming the conference party this Thursday at Trocaderos, to learn more click here: http://www.freepress.net/conference/pre_conferences”

Response to Iowa Immigration Raids and some articles to read.

Dear Immigrant Rights Allies ~

Many immigrant families that were affected by the recent immigration raids in Postville, Iowa have gathered at their local church, and they are lacking some basic necessities for the many young babies and children that are staying in the church.

In difficult times we have to be united to support our communities – join the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network and La Invasora Radio Station 1400/1470am as we organize a Radio-a-Thon to help the families affected by the biggest raid in the history of this country – this is how you can help:

Volunteer

We need many volunteers to help us to collect the food donations and to answer the telephones this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 15-17) all day from 10am-8pmPlease call us at 651-287-0660 to sign-up for a volunteer shift.

Donate Food and Baby Necessities

What: Donations of cereal, juice, baby food, baby formula, and baby diapers (sizes 2, 4, 5) are the most needed donations.
When: Thursday, May 15 (12pm-8pm); Friday, May 16 (12pm-8pm); and Saturday, May 17 (8am-4pm).
Where: The donation drop-off will be at Bloomington and Lake St., in South Minneapolis.

Please contact our offices at 651-287-0660 if you have any questions or to sign-up for a volunteer shift. Please pass this information along to allies who would want to support this cause.

Stay tuned for more updates ~

The Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network

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On another note, here is an article from the American Prospect magazine that is “A new anthology of autobiographical stories written by undocumented immigrant college students serves as a reminder that we’re neglecting some of the country’s best and brightest.”

And here is an article from The Nation’s section on Immigration to the US that connects the oppressive laws that focused on African Americans in the early 20th century to the fact that “immigrant Latinos live under a matrix of oppressive laws, customs and institutions.”

Thoughts on May 1st and organized class struggle.

“Truly, history has a lot to teach us about the roots of our radicalism. When we remember that people were shot so we could have the 8-hour day; if we acknowledge that homes with families in them were burned to the ground so we could have Saturday as part of the weekend; when we recall 8-year old victims of industrial accidents who marched in the streets protesting working conditions and child labor only to be beat down by the police and company thugs, we understand that our current condition cannot be taken for granted – people fought for the rights and dignities we enjoy today, and there is still a lot more to fight for. The sacrifices of so many people can not be forgotten or we’ll end up fighting for those same gains all over again. This is why we celebrate May Day.”

  • Our past tells us that those in power will not hand the people things like Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, or Worker’s rights. There must be a struggle for freedoms and rights to which each human is entitled. They must be fought for, and if they are not, those in power will abuse our Human Rights further.

“From our experience, we’ve learned this key principle – “You only get what you’re organized to take.” “

“The fight, as we see it, is not a fight for pity, it’s necessarily a fight for power.”

The On-Line Conference on Community Organizing and Development

What do you all want on this page?

You all will be taking this over from me, and you should be able to use it as a tool to engage in debate, present videos, news links, and exposure for other causes or organizations that line up with VOICE”s mission and ideals.

SO SIGN UP ON THIS WEBSITE AND MAKE IT YOUR OWN.

VIDEO EDITION

This post is dedicated to a wide range of videos covering topics such as…

the immigration debate (hat tip Link TV/Latin Pulse),

http://www.linktv.org/latinpulse/20080407

the rise of hate crimes in the USA (Al Jazeera),

Part 1.

Part 2.

a Latino voting drive, Voto Latino,

a website that is lobbying for the national DREAM Act, ADreamDeferred.org,

and Juan’s Story: Undocumented but Not Un-American, advocating for a pledge to support fair and just immigration reform and build a better America for all of us at www.buildingamericatogether.org.

AND I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THIS WEBSITE:

http://mmediap.umn.edu/resource

BECAUSE

“”These tools are very helpful for anyone looking to inform themselves or their organizations in matters concerning Latinos and the media, media activism and media justice.””

And, finally, this is a good example what some organized high school students put together a few years back for May 1st

MAY 1ST

Check out the MINNESOTA IMMIGRANT FREEDOM NETWORK’s list of events being organized for anyone and everyone interested in social justice, human rights, etc. for International workers day. From MIFN’s blog.

“””Dear Friends and Allies,

The snow in Minnesota is puttin’ up a fight and so is the immigrant rights movement! The big mobilization for immigrant and workers’ rights is just around the corner (May 1st ring a bell?) and there are plenty of events being organized by various groups that make up this dynamic social justice movement, check them out below.

La lucha sigue,

alondra MIFN Communications””””

For more info in May 1st, check out the article snipped below.

May Day – the Real Labor Day


May 1st, International Workers’ Day, commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world, and is recognized in every country except the United States, Canada, and South Africa. This despite the fact that the holiday began in the 1880s in the United States, with the fight for an eight-hour work day.

Also check out this website:

The National Immigrant Solidarity Network (ISN) is a coalition of immigrant rights, labor, human rights, religious, and student activist organizations from across the country. We work with leading immigrant rights, students and labor groups. In solidarity with their campaigns, and organize community immigrant rights education campaigns. From community education campaigns to direct actions and strategic organizing, we are organizing critical immigrant worker campaigns that are moving toward justice for all immigrants!

Education as a Human Right

“Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit…. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among … racial or religious groups….”
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26
“The States Parties … recognize the right of everyone to education…. Education shall enable all persons to participate effectively in a free society, promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among … racial, ethnic or religious groups…. Primary education shall be compulsory and available free to all… Secondary education … including technical and vocational secondary education, shall be made generally available and accessible to all…. Higher education shall be made equally accessible to all….”
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Article 13
Hat tip to the The People’s Movement for Human Rights Education for the quotes and links.