No change, no hope, says Texas judge — but he doesn’t have the final word on immigration

On February 17, Texas federal district court judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction to stop immigration changes. That’s an order saying the government may not proceed with expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA). The order is one of the very early … Continue reading No change, no hope, says Texas judge — but he doesn’t have the final word on immigration

Federal Court Enjoins Detention of Central American Mothers and Children

A federal court has enjoined the Department of Homeland Security from detaining Central American mothers and children for the purpose of deterring future immigration. While the order in the case of RILR v. Johnson, released February 20, 2015, was somewhat overshadowed by an order from a different federal judge (whose ruling on February 16 put … Continue reading Federal Court Enjoins Detention of Central American Mothers and Children

“I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings”

Each year, the quilt club I belong to sets a theme for the quilts we create for our annual exhibit at Glad Creations, Inc., a Minneapolis quilt shop. "Stripes" was the subject for our Winter 2014 projects. At about that time, Cece McDonald, a transgender African-American woman who used deadly force to protect herself during … Continue reading “I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings”

The Answer to Preventing Atrocities: Human Rights Education

If you ever wonder what you can do about human rights violations taking place in your community or around the world, I challenge you – on this World Day of Social Justice – to read the powerful message of Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, spoken recently at Washington, D.C.'s … Continue reading The Answer to Preventing Atrocities: Human Rights Education

Death Penalty: Volunteers Assist Global Partners with UN Advocacy

  While the use of death penalty is decreasing worldwide, 22 countries carried out executions and 57 imposed death sentences in 2012. Execution methods range from lethal injection to the firing squad, but hanging remains the most common method. Some countries, including Iran, continue to use stoning, a practice based on Iranian interpretation of sharia, … Continue reading Death Penalty: Volunteers Assist Global Partners with UN Advocacy