Refugee Women Cope With Trauma and Stress Through Drum Circles

Women and children participate in a drum circle in El Cajon, California. Studies have shown that recreational music-making in general and group drumming in particular can decrease stress and change the genomic stress marker. / Photo by Ari Honarvar How music is helping women from war-torn countries express grief and loss. By Ari Honarvar / 12.05.2017 More than three[…]

Teachers Inspire This Cambodian-American Boy to Keep His Traditional Dance Alive

Maddox and his brother in their apartment in Lowell, Massachusetts. / Photo by Heidi Shin By Heidi Shin / 11.14.2017 When the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975, the regime carried out a genocide that killed over 1.5 million people and specifically targeted nearly all of the country’s artists and musicians. Very few survived. After[…]

Plato’s ‘Republic’ and an Ancient Athenian Immigrant

Wikimedia Commons By Dr. David V. Johnson / 03.20.2017 Writer/Editor Stanford Social Innovation Review When it comes to immigration, not all foreigners are the same. The treatment of non-citizen legal residents, for example, raises very different moral and political questions from the larger debate about who should, and who should not, be allowed to enter.[…]

What Japanese Internment Taught Us About Standing Up for Our Neighbors

Artwork by Steve Gardner at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial in Washington state. The memorial wall is 276 feet long—one foot for every Japanese person who lived in that community in 1942. First, we must demand justice for ourselves. Second, those who have privilege and power must intervene for those without. By Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz[…]

Shameless Hypocrisy of Texans for Trump Shouting ‘Build That Wall!’

Construction workers on a project in Houston on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune An underground labor market provides abundant employment opportunities for undocumented immigrants in the United States. But working in the shadows often means accepting low pay and exploitation. In Texas, undocumented immigrants have no shortage of work By[…]

When Acts of Humanity Break the Law, We Are Truly in Dark Times

Woman and child, Lesbos, 2015. Santi Palacios/AP/Press Association Images. A new book documents Europe’s loss of humanity as refugees struggle to seek a haven away from wars and degradation. By Hsiao-Hung Pai / 06.01.2016 Escaping wars, destruction and poverty is simply human. The unequal world in which we live has always created conditions for desiring[…]

Lawmakers Rebuke Library of Congress Over Dropping “Illegal Alien” Language

U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas. By Julián Aguilar Three Texas Republicans in Washington have chastised the U.S. Library of Congress for eliminating the terms “illegal aliens” and “alien” from its search and subject heading classifications. In a letter dated May 19 to acting librarian David S. Mao, U.S. Reps. Lamar Smith of San Antonio and[…]

Texas House Bill 11 – Immigrant Harboring Law – Blocked by Judge for Violating Supremacy Clause

Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw gives testimony during a joint committee hearing on border security on Jan 21, 2016 By Julián Aguilar / 04.14.2016 A federal judge has blocked part of the state’s omnibus border security bill that makes harboring undocumented immigrants a state crime. Under a provision of House Bill 11, which went into[…]