Scalia: His legacy on immigration not all what you might think

The Supreme Court this term will hear cases on unions, abortion and legislative districts. And they’ll also hear a challenge to Obama’s executive action on immigration, which would affect some 5 million people. How the Supreme Court will decide those cases may have shifted dramatically with the death over the weekend of Supreme Court Justice Antonin […]

A survey of who works in the book industry gives us a clue about why it’s not diverse

Progress is often incremental, says publisher Jason Low, and the book publishing industry moves slowly. The week’s news bears out the thesis. Last week, author Matt de la Peña became the first Latino author in almost 100 years of the award to win the Newbery Medal in children’s literature for “Last Stop On Market Street.” […]

A network of churches are among those trying to reach undocumented immigrants with water in Flint

“You know what? This is terrible. I’m going to do something about it.” It’s not an uncommon feeling for people learning about what’s happening in Flint, Michigan, these days. It was Aida Cuadrado’s reaction last week. She’s the director of Action of Greater Lansing, a network of churches that do faith-based community organizing. Over the […]

Fighting a terror attack with photographs of joy

It’s not uncommon for images of carnage to dominate international news coverage of Mogadishu, Somalia. But Hana Abukar wants to show that it is so much more. As a Photographer that place will still be the best spot to be in #Mogadishu #Tweetliidopictures pic.twitter.com/Gxd6NihTA3 — Mukhtar Nuur (@MukhtarNuur) January 22, 2016 Read more about Lido […]

Pressure points and identity in America

Last week, I reported on the protest and shootings in Minneapolis. I focused on the ways that Somali immigrants have coped and joined the protest. It’s really made me think about this moment in America: Being an immigrant, Muslim and black—what does it do to someone’s psyche to see so much bad news? Mohamed Samatar, a […]

Hard — really hard — choices for an Iraqi refugee in Turkey

Amer Mohammad has a decision to make. While refugees are camped out, protesting and demanding safe passage from Turkey to Europe, Amer must decide if he will wait and how long he will wait for an answer about his future. The United Nations and the German embassy, he says, have said it could take years […]

Good for NYC, Bad for Beijing

Filmmaker Zhu Rikun is homeless. Not literally, but in a philosophical way. “I still continue my job as a filmmaker,” he says. “I just feel homeless. I don’t feel any home anywhere, in China or the United States.” Good for NYC, bad for Beijing: Beijing Indy film festival opening this month in NYC. @AngShah reports, […]

Minneapolis event: Film and discussion of adoption, migration, identity

I’m on my first panel in Minnesota and looking forward to it! It’s a screening of a documentary called “You Follow,” a documentary about adoption and identity. It will be followed by a panel discussion of the film as well as migration and culture. I’m looking forward to getting to know this very dynamic group […]

#ChicanoCon

David Favela loves Comic-Con. One catch: He’s never actually attended. #Repost @loudenlo ・・・ Wonder Woman #borderX #ChicanoCon #XhicanoArt #sdcc2015 #legítimo #lyndacarter A photo posted by spartantown (@spartantown) on Jul 12, 2015 at 12:47pm PDT “I’ve never been able to get tickets,” says this San Diego native. “I’m what you would call a frustrated Comic-Con fan. […]