UPDATE: The DTSC is extending the commenting period till October 25th. Please keep sharing! http://mycuentame.org/toxicwasteland

Kettleman City is a rural, majority Latino and farmworker community halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It is home to the largest hazardous waste dump this side of the Mississippi and to shockingly high rates of childhood cancer, birth defects and miscarriages - two facts residents believe to be connected. 

Now the dump is looking to double in size and the agency responsible for approving the expansion - the Department of Toxic Substances Control - is letting it happen. We have until October 25th to stop this.

Sign the petition to demand the Dept. of Toxic Substances Control stops the dump from expanding!

http://mycuentame.org/toxicwasteland

An absurd video that matches the absurdity that is Rep. Steve King. 

This is how you stand up for immigrant rights at a senate hearing! 

Share if you want to see an immigrant worker in the next hearing,  

immigrantbillofrights:

Send a message to President Obama and leading legislatures. We want rights before enforcement.
Visit http://immigrantbillofrights.org and tell us with text, video, or image, what right do you demand?

What do you guys think of our campaign lead? 

The conversation on “immigration reform” sounds more like immigration deform. There’s tons of talk of enforcement that tells you legislators aren’t taking into accounts migrants, but rather a nativist narrative that constructs migrants unworthy of rights. 

It’s clear we need to shift the conversation to focus on the stories migrants. Demand rights, not more broken enforcement. We invite you http://immigrantbillofrights.org and tell us what you want Obama and legislative leader to consider during the immigration debate. 

It’s up to us to drive the narrative. Starting this week, Latino Rebels and Cuéntame will be using#ICEFail to share the real stories that are happening every day in America. If you want to share your story, you can tweet it to #ICEFail, @latinorebels or @mycuentame. You can also post your stories and tips to the Latino Rebels Facebook page or the Cuéntame Facebook page. We need reform, not more raids. Staying silent is no longer an option.

It’s up to us to drive the narrative. Starting this week, Latino Rebels and Cuéntame will be using#ICEFail to share the real stories that are happening every day in America. If you want to share your story, you can tweet it to #ICEFail@latinorebels or @mycuentame. You can also post your stories and tips to the Latino Rebels Facebook page or the Cuéntame Facebook page. We need reform, not more raids. Staying silent is no longer an option.

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This image speaks for itself. 

This image speaks for itself. 

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10 Reasons All Workers Benefit from Fixing the Immigration System

There are 11 million aspiring citizens who love this country and call it home. Like immigrants before them, they came to this country for freedom and the opportunity to provide a better life for their children.

These immigrant families work hard, pay their taxes and contribute to their communities. But because of a broken and punitive immigration processthat tears families from each other, there really is no “line” these aspiring citizens can get into to adjust their status and start down the pathway to citizenship. 

The AFL-CIO and America’s union movement, along with a broad coalition of other groups, is mounting a new campaign to build a common-sense immigration process that includes a road map to citizenship and one that guarantees immigrant workers the same workplace rights and protections all workers deserve.

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US spends $18 billion to keep immigrants out

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Joe Arpaio’s Armed Posse Begins Patrolling Maricopa County Schools

Will having an armed posse keep Maricopa County schools safer, or is a pretense to police immigrant and youth of color? 

JJ Hensley - Jan. 7, 2013 10:28 PM
The Republic | azcentral.com

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s plan to increase volunteer-posse patrols near schools in his jurisdiction has generated publicity as political leaders across the nation struggle to find solutions after last month’s elementary-school massacre in Connecticut.

The proposal to use volunteer patrols near campuses was simple enough that it could have been implemented without expending many additional resources. But the plan so far has come with more questions than answers.

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It’s time to put a stop to deaths at the border. 

It’s time to put a stop to deaths at the border. 

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