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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY: Mayor Paul Bridges Stands Against the Anti-Immigrant Movement

Uvalda, GA, is a town of only 530 people, mostly white, that’s tucked away in southeastern Georgia.  The small town relies almost completely on farming, boasting a tight-knit, faith-based sense of community, which is nothing unusual.

However, a good deal of hype has

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Michele Bachmann & Pamela Geller: What Happens when Islamophobes Meet

ByJerry Higgins

Within the last month, we have discussed the GOP Presidential candidates on this blog, here and here. As has been highlighted, the candidates level of regard for people who aren’t Judeo-Christians is highly questionable, to say the least.

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Cross-Post: Notes from West Liberty, Iowa

Originally published on Reuters’ Front Row Washington blog.

West Liberty is Iowa’s first Hispanic-majority city. Fifty-two percent of the people in this town of about 3,700 are Hispanic, according to the latest U.S. Census.

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Abercrombie & Fitch’s “Look Policy”: Jim Crow gets a Corporate Makeover

by Jerry Higgins

“Diversity and inclusion are key to our organization’s success. We are determined to have a diverse culture, throughout our organization, that benefits from the perspectives of each individual.”

Or so claims Abercrombie and Fitch (A&F) on the Careers page of their website.

However, in 2005 A&F paid out $50 million to settle

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Bernard’s Story: a Documentary of Action and Change


Bernard’s Story, a short documentary that chronicles how and why Enforcement-only stances on immigration can destroy families and communities, will be released this July 4.

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Help Students and the American Dream

We need more dreamers in America, not less.

We need dreamers like Erick.   He came to the United States from Mexico when he was 2 years old.  He grew up here, went to school here, and was taught the American dream.

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The Hijab in the United States: a Symbol of Choice or Oppression?

Recently, a protest took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capitol, when thirty to forty women participated in a Right-to-Drive campaign. These women did so, of course, in the traditional Islamic garb that many “Westerners” openly recognize as counter-intuitive to all exercises of freedom.

Which begs an important question: why can’t the West seem to come to terms with the Hijab?

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Cross-Post: New York, Marriage Equality and Immigrants

Originally posted on Feet in 2 Worlds. By Erwin de Leon.

When Governor Andrew Cuomo called for “justice for all” through the passage of a marriage equality bill earlier this year, I asked whether gay marriage was a priority for New York immigrants. Some queer activists did not think so, arguing that many immigrants, gay or straight, are far more concerned about bread and butter issues.

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Eliana Benador & Richard Spencer: Islamophobia’s Own Pinky & the Brain

By Jerry Higgins

Huma Abedin is in her mid thirties, and according to newspaper reports she is expecting the couple’s first child. She is an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and she is a practicing Muslim. And, yeah, she’s also married to Anthony Weiner.

On June 12 Eliana Benador wrote an article for the Washington Times website that is no longer available there, but you can see it here, thanks to Twitpic. That piece was followed by an article on the FrontPage Magazine website on June 17, available here. Renowned Islamophobe Robert Spencer was then interviewed by FrontPage on the June 21, available here.

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Youth for Western Civilization: a National Conference of Old Hatred

by Michael Dranove

The growth of Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) may have been stunted when in 2007 their then vice president, Marcus Epstein, plead guilty to a class 6 felony hate crime, as such leadership would make any rational person immediately wary of joining the group. But the budding far-right group didn’t die-on-the-vine after his gross exploits.

And this weekend YWC proved so by holding its first ever national conference in Washington DC.