So at the clinic there's a cd player that plays music through the whole medical suite. Its usually jazz or Sade or something. I'm in the operating room with a patient waiting for the doctor to come in and the album chosen was Eric Clapton unplugged.
And you know what song came on to soothe three to four patients awaiting or recovering from their abortion?
WOULD YOU KNOW MY NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME
IF I SAW YOU IN HEAVEN
Luckily every room has a knob to switch off the music.
THIS TIME TOMORROW I WILL BE IN SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC <3 <3 <3
LAA - 9:00 - 12:30 [volunteering with the immigration department of Latin American Association]
WORK - 2:00-6:00
HIST 3220 - 8:00-9:40 [U.S. in the 20th Century]
HIST 4310 - 10:00-11:40 [Georgia History]
HIST 4805 - 1:00-2:40 [Middle East and the Americas]
WORK - 3:00-6:00
LAA - 9:00-12:30
WORK - 2:00-4:00
HIST 3220 - 8:00-9:40
HIST 4310 - 10:00-11:40
HIST 4805 - 1:00-2:40
WORK - 3:00-4:30
LAA - 9:00-11:30
WORK - 1:00-5:30
LAA Spanish Class 9:30-12:30
Detainee Hunger Strike in Louisiana
DETAINEES THREATEN HUNGER STRIKE: No somos animales. (We are not animals.)
As you know, last week, on Tuesday, July 7th, detainees held a day-long hunger strike to force ICE to intervene and improve conditions in the jail. In response, an ICE official at the jail dismissed the detainees request for a meeting, and castigated the detainees for wasting his time.
Detainees are now threatening a longer hunger-strike starting Tuesday in response to the severely dehumanizing detention standards and conditions in the jail. Given the historical lack of oversight, they are demanding that Dora Schriro herself visit the facility, meet with detainees outside of facility staff, and ensure completion and publication of the monitoring instruments included in the 2006 Detention Operations Manual. Dora Schriro is special advisor to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano on detention issues.
WHAT DETAINEES FACE, AND WHAT THEY WANT FROM ICE.
Detainees are using Spanish-language grievance forms (provided by the Workers Center) to voice their frustration about their circumstances and articulate the following demands:
Detainees face dehumanizing conditions and treatment in the jail. They want ICE to improve fundamental conditions and treatment; and raise standards of the jail to a level of decency. Detainees want all jails used by ICE to be held to high, legal standards. They demand ICE monitor whether jails follow the rules and transfer or release detainees from facilities that do not follow the rules.
Detainees lack access to basic legal information. Detainees are demanding regular access to fundamental information about the legal processes, including where their case is and their court dates. They also demand information about their rights, their legal defenses, and access to lawyers who can help them defend their cases.
People picked up by ICE disappear from their families without notice. Their families have no idea where they are, sometimes for weeks or months. Detainees face severe isolation and are utterly cut off from any communication with their families. The rural location and lack of translation capacity in the jail severely compound the detainees isolation. Detainees are demanding that ICE create a system that limits detention and, when necessary, provides detention with close and direct contact with family, friends, and community.
Detainees are trapped in an interminable process of deportations has no rules or deadlines. Detainees wait months after their court cases are completed to be deported. Detainees miss the death of parents, birth of children, and other fundamental human experiences while they await deportation in detention. Detainees want a quick, transparent system of deportation with rules that includes exceptions for humanitarian grounds.
FACT-FINDING INVESTIGATION REVEALS TOTAL FAILURE OF ICE STANDARDS AND DECENCY
On Friday, the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice conducted a day-long fact-finding investigation. We conducted interviews with twenty- six detainees from seven countries. The meetings revealed that the jail in Basile fails to meet ICEs own detention standards, as well as any test of common decency.
The Basile detainee population consists predominantly of New Orleans reconstruction workers and immigrants detained after traffic stops in Nashville, Tennessee pursuant to its 287(g) agreement.
Detainees reported that they have no recourse for conditions that regularly violate ICEs own 2006 detention standards. Attached here is our report on the detention conditions at the facility. The report describes the conditions that push detainees to the limits of their physical and mental well-being:
Scarcity and inhumane conditions
Lack of access to fundamental information
Non- transparent and inhumane system of deportation
Lack of responsible oversight by ICE
On Friday, we also shared the draft letter many of you signed in support of their request for a meeting with ICE and your general support of their courageous struggle for humane conditions in the facility. Our ability to convey your immediate support was critical to bolstering the detainees strength. After suffering such severe isolation, they were very moved and strengthened to learn that their fast had earned the recognition and support of groups across the country who share their commitment that future immigrant detainees should not face these same conditions.
SUPPORT THE BASILE DETAINEES.
Add your organization to the solidarity letter, which will be sent to DHS and ICE on Tuesday, supporting the workers demands.
Write a letter of solidarity to the detainees. Email your letter to us at email@example.com. New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice staff will deliver your letters to the detainees.
CONTACT SAKET SONI 504 881 6610 -- firstname.lastname@example.org
This is from last year but omg new to me.
Then came Soulja Boy Tell Em. I asked him, "What historical figure do you most hate?" He was stumped. I said, "Others have said Hitler, bin Laden, the slave masters ..." He said, "Oh wait! Hold up! Shout out to the slave masters! Without them we'd still be in Africa."
My jaw, at this point, was on the ground."We wouldn't be here," he continued, having no idea how far in it he'd stepped, "to get this ice and tattoos."
"I was like, 'What the hell kinda question is that, dawg?' And then the second question, he asked me…By this point I’m joking back and forth with him. ‘Cause like, I think I’m a funny dude. So I’m joking back and forth with the dude. Then the comment that I made, he really just took it and blew it out of context. I was being sarcastic. But I was being funny at the wrong place at the wrong time, and it came back and bit me in the ass. ‘Cause he took what I said and just blew it up and sent it to everybody. And it was just everywhere. And I was just like, 'Damn.' Well I messed up, ‘cause I told myself I wasn’t gonna do the interview with dude in the first place. ‘Cause I already knew what he was out for. He wasn’t out for no real interview. He was out for me to say something stupid so he can hurt me with [it]. And that’s what he did. So you know, it is what it is. Man, fuck Toure."
This is why our youth needs more history classes or their mama to tell them they tell shitty jokes.
Maymester: GEOG 1113 - Introduction to Landforms - MTWRF - 11:00-1:30
Lab: 1:45 - 4:15
7 wk: GEOG 1112 - Introduction to Weather and Climate - TR - 1:50 - 4:35
Lab: TR - 11:30 - 1:30
RELS 4483 - Contemporary Issues in Islamic Faith & Practice - MWF - 10:00-10:50
HIST 4760 - Central and Southern Africa - MW - 2:45-4:25
HIST 4815 - Palestine and the Modern Middle East - TR - 10:00-11:40
HIST 4805 - Middle East and the Americas - TR - 1:00-2:40
Maybe: RELS 4850 - Life of Muhammad - MW - 12:00-1:15
THEN SPRING '10 I WRITE MY THESIS-LIKE HISTORY FINAL PAPER AND GRADUATE D: