Anyone who has ever filed immigration paperwork knows it can be an expensive, time-consuming process. Saturday, September 15, MIRA and our coalition partners will be hosting a Citizenship Day in St Louis, where volunteer attorneys, law students, and interpreters will be available to assist eligible non-citizens in filing their initial citizenship application.
What: FREE Assistance with the N-400 Application for Naturalization
When: Saturday, Sept 15
Where: Casa de Salud
3200 Chouteau Ave
St Louis, MO 63103
Click here to learn about eligibility and required paperwork.
Call 314-669-1288 for questions.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/28/peace-talks-begin-in-colombia/ by DANIEL KOVALIK
According to Colombia’s El Tiempo, 75% of Colombians want a dialogue between the Colombian government and the guerillas. And, this stands to reason, for Colombia has been devastated by over 50 years of armed conflict which has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians (between 50 and 250 thousand of whom were “disappeared”); left over 5 million persons internally displaced (the largest IDP population in the world); and given a pretext for the Colombian government, with the aid of its paramilitary allies, to wipe out progressive organizations, including trade unions, working for social change. On a grander scale, the Colombian conflict has provided a convenient pretext for U.S. military intervention in that country and the entire region and has been the biggest hurdle to the dream of Latin American integration.
From Vallecito, Colon, Honduras
Last night (8/27) the Garifuna spent another night listening to the threat of gunfire. Yesterday afternoon two men with AK47s walked onto the Garifuna encampment. They are members of the private security of the narcotrafficker who has usurped the land belonging to the Garifuna community. Their intent was clear, to show their arms and attempt to intimidate the members of this community. But the resistance against the usurpation continues!
Today the community awaits the officials from the National Agrarian Institute. They are to arrive today to resurvey the land in order to demarcate the territory which has historically and legally belonged to the Garifuna. After the land title remediation, the 200 members that have been camping on the land since Sunday 8/26 expect to be able to reclaim what has been stolen from them by the neighboring narcotrafficker. There has been a continual encroachment of what has been historically ancestral Garifuna territory. Miguel Faccusse, and other criminal elements have been using the corruption of the local narco-politicians to steal the land, and assassinations continue with impunity within the Garifuna communities.
Please continue to contact the officials listed below. Let them know that the world is watching and awaiting justice for the Garifuna!
Dear friends of the Quixote Center,
Tropical storm Isaac hit Haiti on Saturday leaving at least 19 people dead, washing out roads, and destroying shelters for many of the 300,000+ people still living in the camps for the internally displaced. As the storm was approaching there was some effort to evacuate people to safety. However, the scope of the displacement from the earthquake 32 months ago remains so great that there would have been little way to provide shelter for most people and little will to do so. Finally, many people in IDP camps felt compelled to stay with their belongings, as all they have in the world remains under tents. All this makes for even greater risk for Haitians.
This situation underscores the urgency to create and implement a national social housing plan in Haiti now. The government of Haiti has thus far not been willing to do so, and international donor governments (including the U.S.) have not made this a priority. Indeed, money spent from USAID has not built a single home. The signature project of USAID is a zone for sweatshops and a housing initiative for future workers in northern Haiti that has been condemned by an architectural peer review committee.
Please take a moment to sign the petition to demand a social housing plan and to halt forced evictions from camps until the plan is done. No one wants to live under a tent – but until there is an alternative, forcing people to the streets is hardly the answer! You can keep up with developments at the undertentshaiti.com website, and by following #undertentshaiti on Twitter.
for more information call 314-721-2977 or email email@example.com
Fault Line: The US and Honduras https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWU1d_tTMEs&feature=player_embedded
The Real News: Broken Anvil: Victims Fight for Justice After DEA Operation Leaves Four Dead in Honduras
Villagers say there was no warning before shots were fired on May 11 from a U.S. government helicopter on their canoe, leaving four dead.
On one of the hottest days of the summer IFCLA joined young activists outside Chipotle in the Loop. Please read the email below and join me in taking action in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group of farmworkers who’ve successfully convinced major corporations like Burger King and Subway to ensure tomato pickers are treated well and paid fairly for their work.
The Peace Caravan is traveling across the US to draw attention to efforts to stop the violence in Mexico, we join efforts to make connections between gun violence in Mexico and the US. see The Caravan for Peace Begins a Long Ride Across the USA below
Breaking news: http://weeklynewsupdate.blogspot.com/2012/08/wnu-1142-mexican-police-shoot-up-us.html Mexico: Police Shoot Up US Embassy Car
Last month, the tragic shooting in Colorado horrified the nation. Did you know that the AR-15 type guns used in the Colorado shooting have been found at many violent crime scenes in Mexico – and that many of these weapons have been traced to the United States? Check out this short video to learn how these guns are trafficked to Mexico, who profits, and what President Obama can do to help STOP the violence in Mexico.
Watch the video and TAKE ACTION to urge President Obama to act now to stop gun trafficking into Mexico! http://youtu.be/0H33u1e80WY
Published on Monday, August 20, 2012 by TruthDig.com The War in the Shadows by Chris Hedges
A Swedish documentary filmmaker released a film last year called “Last Chapter—Goodbye Nicaragua.” In it he admitted that he unknowingly facilitated a bombing, almost certainly orchestrated by the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, which took the lives of three reporters I worked with in Central America. One of them, Linda Frazier, was the mother of a 10-year-old son. Her legs were torn apart by the blast, at La Penca, Nicaragua, along the border with Costa Rica, in May of 1984. She bled to death as she was being taken to the nearest hospital, in Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica.Illustration by Mr. Fish
Interesting commentary on the situation in Haiti…
August 20, 2012, Manufacturing Contempt 
 In a July 29th speech  at a fundraiser in Jerusalem, presidential candidate Mitt Romney attributed the stark difference in economic development between Israel and Palestine partly to cultural factors. To illustrate his case, he provided incorrect data showing that Israel’s per capita gross domestic product was twice that of Palestine (the difference is actually around 20 to 1 ).
In any case, it was but one indicator that allowed Romney to “recognize the power” of “culture, and a few other things” in determining “economic vitality.” One of “a few other things” that has influenced Palestine’s economy, unmentioned by Romney, is Israel’s crippling, U.S.-funded military occupation of Palestine, now in its 45th year , which has dispossessed the Palestinians of land, water, and sovereignty.
200 US Marines are patrolling Guatemala coast as part of region crackdown on drug trafficking By The Associated Press | Associated Press – Wed, Aug 29, 2012
GUATEMALA CITY – A team of 200 U.S. Marines has begun patrolling Guatemala’s western coast this week in what a military spokesman says is an unprecedented operation to beat drug traffickers in the Central America region.
Marine Staff Sgt. Earnest Barnes says it is the first Marine deployment in the area to directly support anti-crime efforts. Guatemalan authorities say they signed a treaty allowing the operation on July 16.
Less than a month later an Air Force C-5 cargo plane landed in Guatemala City loaded with the Marines and their four helicopters. The Marines’ deployment is part of Operation Martillo, a broader effort to stop drug trafficking along the Central American coast.
By JULIA PRESTON
An unexpected surge of children, some of them barely school age, have been caught by border agents as they tried to cross illegally into the United States.
681 days of cholera in Haiti
681 days, 7,533 dead, 588,596 ill since the UN brought cholera to Haiti. Still there has been no apology, no compensation, no implementation of an effective plan to eradicate the disease. Now the UN is considering renewing the mandate for UN troops in Haiti. Shouldn’t addressing the cholera crisis caused by the UN be a condition for renewing the mandate for UN troops?
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