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Raffi Ella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 05:27 PM
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A New Kind of Southern Strategy
A New Kind of Southern Strategy

One year after Arizonas dread SB 1070 took effect, progressives have transferred their fear and loathing to the 2011 winner in the mainstream medias toughest-immigration-law-in-the-nation contest: Alabamas HB 56. Its unconstitutionality and inhumanity go further than Arizonas law by requiring children to prove legal residence before enrolling in public school and making it a crime to give an undocumented person a ride in your car.


he good news is that Alabama and Arizona are still immigration policy outliers. While legislators in at least twenty-four states filed Arizona-like legislation this year, just fiveAlabama, Utah, Georgia, South Carolina and Indianapassed watered-down versions of SB 1070. In many statesGeorgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Nebraska and, most triumphantly, Mississippithe threat of a viral SB 1070 has engendered and strengthened coalitions between immigrant supporters and African-American elected leaders who have played visible, pivotal roles in opposing, softening and defeating Arizona copycats.

It is a new kind of Southern strategy, says James Evans, a five-term Mississippi state representative, AFL-CIO organizer, minister and leading member of the legislative black caucus.

This is a fight against a kind of venom that black people in Mississippi understand on that heart level, Evans says, tapping his heart. But this is hearts and minds working together. Walking together is how we all win, now and further down this long road.


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Much more at the link, worth the read.


http://www.thenation.com/article/162694/new-kind-southe...
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Mosaic Donating Member (851 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 06:48 PM
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2. It'll backfire on the bigots
The south will be a minority/Majority stronghold in the near future. The bigots are just background noise, this year is their last hoorah. Get over it.
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WhiteShoesATL Donating Member (15 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 06:50 PM
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3. RUN!
dont fight them! Jus run to a sanctuary city. If Mexicans are cool amongst the people... then
you are more than likely good to go.
But I use to live in rural SC and I was flat out scared sometimes
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