Around and around we go! (Photo by Spencer Otte)
Even with sweltering heat and smoke-filled skies above, over a hundred caregivers at West Anaheim Medical Center held fast yesterday and walked the picket line in front of the hospital. Represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), the striking staffers cited unsafe conditions on the job due to short staffing and low wages as chief reasons for the 24-hour walkout.
The strike, a first ever at West Anaheim Medical Center, follows an informational picket that took place last month. Negotiations broke down when Prime Healthcare Services, who operates the facility, refused to meet the union’s demand for a 24 percent wage increase. The way NUHW tells it, Prime representatives informed workers at the bargaining table that they “had the option to leave” and find work elsewhere. Many, like Jeanne Waite, who needs the health insurance offered by her job in order to pay for her husband’s cancer treatment, felt the option offered is no option at all.Read more
In June, a group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergy stood in lines and joined hands in an act of civil disobedience outside the Los Angeles downtown courthouse. Several were arrested. The purpose: to show moral outrage for immigration policies that detained children who entered the U.S. illegally. But does a rabbi getting arrested make an impact on the issue?
Civil disobedience has been a tool of nonviolent protest for centuries, practiced by figures such as Mohandas Gandhi, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. In the 1970s and ’80s, according to the Center for Jewish History, activists from the American Soviet Jewry movement frequently picketed Soviet consulates to raise public awareness, “often deliberately getting themselves arrested by the police to amplify their message.” And since the November 2016 U.S. election, protests on issues such as immigration, health care reform, gun reform and more have proliferated.Read more
Este jueves vence el plazo que un juez federal dio para que se produzca la reunificación de 2.551 menores de edad con sus padres, que fueron separados por el Departamento de Inmigración de Estados Unidos.
Sin embargo, 900 padres no son elegibles, 463 padres han sido deportados y 127 padres firmaron la orden de deportación y aceptaron que sus hijos apliquen a un asilo político. De este modo, se estima que aproximadamente 1.187 niños se reunifiquen con sus padres.Read more
[Los Angeles Times] 'You don’t love me anymore?': A son is separated from his father at the border, then comes a wrenching call
Guatemalan asylum seeker Hermelindo Che Coc, 31, with Father Tom Carey, Rev David Farley, and Rev Matthias Peterson-Brandt, left to right, as they pray outside the Los Angeles Federal Building prior to an hearing. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
On the day the government rushed to reunite dozens of families separated at the border, one immigrant father showed up to a federal appointment downtown fearful that he would be deported without his 6-year-old son.
Hermelindo Che Coc came from Guatemala in late May to seek asylum with his son, Jefferson Che Pop, his attorneys said. His son was taken from him with little explanation, he said, and sent to a shelter in New York.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials asked Che Coc on Tuesday morning to appear before an officer as part of his removal process.Read more
[Univisión] Juez ordena al gobierno de Trump que tiene 30 días para reunificar a menores separados de sus padres
(Univisión's Primer Impacto sought reaction from CLUE regarding a federal judge's order on June 27, 2018 telling the Trump administration to reunite asylum seeking families within 30 days.)
Según la orden de una corte federal los niños con menos de 5 años deben reunirse con sus padres en un plazo de 15 días, mientras que el resto de los menores lo haría en el transcurso de un mes.Read more