Sophia Tareen and Colleen Long Associated Press Published 8:50 PM EDT Jul 11, 2019 Chicago — The Trump administration is moving forward with a nationwide immigration enforcement operation this weekend targeting migrant families, despite loud opposition from Democrats and questions over whether it’s the best use of resources given the crisis at the border. The operation had been postponed by President Donald Trump late last month and would target people with final deportation orders, including families whose immigration cases were fast-tracked by judges in 10 major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami. It has sparked outrage and concern among immigrant-rights advocates and lawmakers. “Our communities have been in constant fear,” Estela Vara, a Chicago-area organizer said Thursday at a rally outside the city’s Immigration and Custom Enforcement offices where some activists chanted “Immigration Not Deportation!” The … [Read more...] about Nationwide immigration crackdown planned over weekend
Where are rallies planned this weekend
I was supposed to have a spa day Saturday. You know, a little treat to get me through the last week of the session. However, lawmakers, legislative staff, lobbyists and your humble correspondent have begun to cancel their personal plans because for the first time during a regular session since 1990, at least one chamber of the General Assembly is expected to meet this weekend to catch up on work. (Lawmakers did work one weekend in 2006 during a special session on immigration. However, lobbyist Mike Beasley told me to tell you that doesn’t count.) Legislative leadership has threatened such a move in the past in the hopes of getting lawmakers to focus during semi-normal working hours. You know, like at 11 p.m. or 1 a.m. weeknights. And it’s still possible they could get cold feet. But this time it appears Senate leadership is serious. There are just eight calendar days before the clock runs out on lawmakers to accomplish everything they set out to do. Despite fewer bills … [Read more...] about The Spot: Better than Saturday morning cartoons? Colorado Senate is likely to work this weekend
The issue of workers' rights is a focus this weekend for some of the Democrats running for president. Bernie Sanders has campaign stops in the Midwest, including a community meeting in Indiana and an event with members of a plumbers and pipefitters' union in Michigan. A rally by the Vermont senator is planned for Warren, Michigan, where General Motors is closing a plant. Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman, plans to emphasize workers' rights and civil rights when he visits the Medical University of South Carolina for the 50th anniversary of a strike led by black workers protesting poor treatment. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has events in New Hampshire and Sen. Cory Booker is kicking off a national tour that begins in Newark, New Jersey, where he served as mayor. … [Read more...] about Workers’ rights are a 2020 campaign focus this weekend
Karen Matthews, Associated Press Updated 12:47 pm CST, Saturday, February 2, 2019 FILE- This Jan. 8, 2017 file photo shows the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Hundreds of inmates at a federal jail in New York City have spent days in cold, dark cells amid frigid weather and without access to visitors or email, attorneys for the inmates said Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. less FILE- This Jan. 8, 2017 file photo shows the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Hundreds of inmates at a federal jail in New York City have spent days in cold, dark cells ... more Photo: Kathy Willens, AP Photo: Kathy Willens, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE- This Jan. 8, 2017 file photo shows the Metropolitan Detention … [Read more...] about Rally planned at jail lacking heat, hot water for a week
In January 2017, approximately 175,000 people crammed into Boston Common and flooded the streets around the Public Garden. In signs, speeches, and chants, they gave a historic voice to the fight for women’s rights while advocating for climate change solutions, demanding universal health care, rejecting racism and hate, and rallying for an array of causes the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Now, two years later, organizers of the 2019 Boston Women’s March say they’ll gather again this Saturday, with a focus on re-energizing, re-committing, and doubling down on following through with their work toward change, from civil rights to religious freedom to racial and economic justice. “We are specifically looking to uplift and to center and to focus on ways in which gender discrimination … intersects with other forms of institutional oppression — and that is a long list,” Karen Cosmas, executive director of March Forward … [Read more...] about The 2019 Boston Women’s March is this weekend. Here’s what to know.