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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Construction of Family Detention Center in Texas & Curricular resources on immigrants and education

In addition to the educator guide provided below, here is another great resource by Bill Bigelow of RETHINKING SCHOOLS, titled, The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Immigration.

It’s getting really scary for families right now with rumors of raids at local establishments where immigrants congregate, including Home Depot, HEB, El Gran Mercado Market, Fiesta, and Wal-mart. In light of the following news account on a situation that turned chaotic here locally [click here], at least some of this is perceived to be occurring.

In any case, given the existence of these plans for the construction of a family detention center near Austin [click here], concerns about raids are quite legitimate. Our local consulate advises the following:

> 1. Tell the students they are safe.
> 2. That they have right to not answer questions and to request to speak to attorney if they get picked up.
> 3. Contact the consulado for help at 478-2866 ext 106, especially if one of their family members was picked up.

If you are aware of any victims of border patrol sweeps in public establishments—as opposed to their workplaces—get their names and contact information to your local MALDEF office. The Latino civil rights community—including Dolores Huerta who expressed this much recently on NPR—is communicating their concerns to immigrants about the May 1st work boycott, primarily because the civil rights community will find it difficult to protect workers who get fired or who otherwise experience retaliation from bosses. MALDEF provides helpful action-oriented suggestions for undocumented immigrants at the following website.

In my mind, this places a special burden on those of us who can participate in the boycott , to do so in their place. As suggested herein, educators should also demonstrate sensitivity, awareness, and even leadership regarding the complexity of issues surrounding undocumented immigration.

Paz y solidaridad,

-Angela



The New York Collective of Radical Educators Presents...

No Human is Illegal:
An Educator’s Guide for Addressing Immigration In the Classroom

Please Help Us Get This to Educators Everywhere

Download Guide for free at http://www.nycore.org

In the recent weeks HR4437 advocates have sought to introduce
legislation that will radically change the legal, social, and
economic status of immigrant communities in the United States. The
debate rages on and we have heard the opinions ranging from the
conservatives to the democrats to the left˜and a powerful
constituency has emerged stronger than ever before in the 21st
century˜students. How will educators encourage these acts of
critical thinking, civic responsibility, agency, and above all˜
student leadership in advocating for all human rights? How can
educators engage their students in these critical issues in the
classroom? How can we serve as the liaison between students and the
mixed messages the media and politicians are sending? The debate over
immigrant rights in the United States, the supposed ╲land of the
free and home of the brave╡, will continue to increase in intensity
and will peak on May 1st ­ with the Great American Boycott.
NYCoRE has organized two strategies to encourage teachers to bridge
their activism both inside and outside of the classroom.

1) The No Human Is Illegal Resource Guide: This guide is for
educators to take on the important issues that teachers and students
alike have been tackling in their activism from INSIDE the
classroom. This resource can be best used online as a web resource.
The links and topics will be relevant long past the next few marches
and protests.

2) Join NYCoRE at the Great American Boycott march on May 1st:
NYCoRE will be meeting between 3:45 and 4:15 pm in front of the
Barnes and Nobles on Union Square. Look for the NYCoRE sign and join
us!!!

Let us join voices as teachers, students, and community members to
oppose this anti-immigrant, anti-human legislation! As teachers we
can do so in the classroom and in the streets!

Download Guide for free at http://www.nycore.org



The New York Collective of Radical Educators Presents...

No Human is Illegal:
An Educator‚s Guide for Addressing Immigration In the Classroom

Please Help Us Get This to Educators Everywhere


In the recent weeks HR4437 advocates have sought to introduce legislation that will radically change the legal, social, and economic status of immigrant communities in the United States. The debate rages on and we have heard the opinions ranging from the conservatives to the democrats to the left˜and a powerful constituency has emerged stronger than ever before in the 21st century˜students. How will educators encourage these acts of critical thinking, civic responsibility, agency, and above all˜ student leadership in advocating for all human rights? How can educators engage their students in these critical issues in the classroom? How can we serve as the liaison between students and the mixed messages the media and politicians are sending? The debate over immigrant rights in the United States, the supposed „land of the free and home of the brave‰, will continue to increase in intensity and will peak on May 1st ˆ with the Great American Boycott.


NYCoRE has organized two strategies to encourage teachers to bridge their activism both inside and outside of the classroom.

1) The No Human Is Illegal Resource Guide: This guide is for educators to take on the important issues that teachers and students alike have been tackling in their activism from INSIDE the classroom. This resource can be best used online as a web resource. The links and topics will be relevant long past the next few marches and protests.
2) Join NYCoRE at the Great American Boycott march on May 1st: NYCoRE will be meeting between 3:45 and 4:15 pm in front of the Barnes and Nobles on Union Square. Look for the NYCoRE sign and join us!!!


Let us join voices as teachers, students, and community members to oppose this anti-immigrant, anti-human legislation! As teachers we can do so in the classroom and in the streets!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this vital information to help families. No matter which side of the immigration issue you find yourself, I can't help but believe that the last thing we want is a "Family Detention Center". Will rounding up f-a-m-i-l-i-e-s like "animales" make those who are so threatened by immigrants feel better, powerful, or more Christian? Are these the same people that create racist video games that award points for killing characters like "the drug dealer" or "the breeder" like the one I saw on the news tonight?

    I watched C-Span last night that had professors from Harvard, Stanford, & Georgetown who have extensive knowledge & have done research in the area of economics and the impact of immigrants. They all agreed that immigrants have a positive impact on our GDP. They all agreed on the importance of the role of the family; They encourage stability in worker productivity; they promote re-investment in our economy, they support the entrepreneurial spirit. I wonder what they would think of Family Detention Centers.

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