Daily Archives: Mar 28, 2018

NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that he will lead a multistate lawsuit to preserve a fair and accurate Census.

Attorney General Schneiderman released the following statement:

“A fair and accurate count of all people in America is one of the federal government’s most solemn constitutional obligations. The Trump Administration’s reckless decision to suddenly abandon nearly 70 years of practice by demanding to know the citizenship status of each resident counted cuts to the heart of this sacred obligation – and will create an environment of fear and distrust in immigrant communities that would make impossible both an accurate Census and the fair distribution of federal tax dollars.

This move directly targets states like New York that have large, thriving immigrant populations – threatening billions of dollars in federal funding for New York as well as fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College.

My office will lead a multi-state lawsuit to protect New Yorkers, preserve a fair and accurate Census, and hold the Trump Administration accountable for violating both the 14th Amendment and the Enumeration Clause of the United States Constitution.”

Earlier this year, Attorney General Schneiderman led a coalition of Attorneys General in opposing the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

 

El Ejército disparó contra dos puestos de observación pertenecientes a los islamistas, en el norte de Gaza

Por: EFE

Tanques del Ejército israelí dispararon esta mañana contra dos puestos de observación del movimiento islamista Hamás en el norte de Gaza en respuesta al fuego que dos personas prendieron cerca de la valla de seguridad en la frontera entre la Franja e Israel.

“Dos sospechosos prendieron fuego a una superficie elevada que rodea la verja de seguridad próxima al antiguo paso de Karni. Los sospechosos no cruzaron la valla y no se infiltraron en Israel”, informó un comunicado castrense.

El Ejército “ve con gravedad” cualquier intento de dañar la valla o infraestructuras de seguridad, añade el texto.

En las últimas semanas se han repetido hasta cinco incidentes similares, con artefactos explosivos, que han sido respondidos con ataques de represalia israelíes sobre infraestructuras de Hamás.

El Ejército israelí arrestó ayer a tres palestinos armados con granadas y cuchillos después de que cruzaran la frontera y se adentraran unos veinte kilómetros dentro de Israel, una acción que según algunos medios no se produjo con la intención de cometer ataques, sino con el objetivo de huir del enclave bajo bloqueo.

Israel, que al igual que la Unión Europea o EU considera a Hamás un grupo terrorista, mantiene un férreo cerco a Gaza desde que los islamistas se hicieron con el poder por la fuerza en 2007 y les considera responsables de cualquier agresión contra su territorio que provenga del enclave.

Mientras la tensión aumenta en torno a Gaza las facciones palestinas, con Hamás a la cabeza, han convocado en la Franja una campaña llamada “La Gran Marcha del Retorno” que insta a los palestinos a acercarse a la frontera con Israel este viernes, Día de la Tierra para los palestinos.

Dicha jornada conmemora la muerte por fuego israelí de siete árabes israelíes en 1976 en protestas contra la confiscación de sus tierras en la zona de Galilea, en el norte de Israel.

El plan es que miles de palestinos se congreguen allí y permanezcan acampados hasta el 15 de mayo, día de la Nakba (Catástrofe, en árabe) en que estos que conmemoran la desposesión y exilio que para ellos supuso la creación del Estado de Israel).

The March For Our Lives is sobering, important, and should shame us all into action. But like any form of activism, it can fall into the trap of amplifying only one type of voice: the voices of cisgender white people. Luckily, the march’s organizers have taken steps to ensure that a diversity of voices are heard, and that the march’s goals are unifying, not exclusionary. They’ve handed the megaphone to speakers and performers of color, as well as LGBTQ+ folks and those from communities who deal with other types of gun violence.

Activist David Hogg criticized the media for centering the stories of white gun control activists. He told us that the media dropped the ball when it came to representing Parkland students of color. “My school is about 25% black, but the way we’re covered doesn’t reflect that,” he said. (Teen Vogue notes that Parkland’s district census data is closer to 40% black.) Through his activism in organizing the march, and his student activist community, March For Our Lives centers voices that have been shut out of the conversation.

The list of speakers is also refreshingly diverse. Black teens have a been a fierce voice for gun reform, even if their activism is not on the front page. Mya Middleton, a 16-year-old student activist from Chicago, spoke at the rally on Washington. She witnessed an armed robbery, and became involved in activism through the group After School Matters. One of the movement’s most visible faces, Parkland survivor Emma Gonzáles, is a queer teen who takes her responsibility to her community seriously.

Singer Jennifer Hudson also gave a rousing musical performance. Hudson has seen the impact of gun violence in her personal life: in 2008, her mother, brother, and young nephew were killed as a result of domestic violence. Fellow singer Ariana Grande also was touched by violence when a suicide bomber attacked her show in Manchester, England last year. Rolling Stone notes that it was Grande’s first public performance since September 2017.

 

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