Citizenship Is In Short Supply Or Something

Good Lord. *sigh*

MILFORD, N.H.—Mitt Romney said he believes President Obama’s decision to allow as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants to apply for work permits and temporary legal status will ultimately make it harder for immigrants to gain permanent citizenship.

Okay, as always, let’s look at what’s really being said here.

If these youngsters are allowed to stay, it’ll be harder for other immigrants to become citizens.

Because why?

Perhaps the immigration people have only printed out 800,001 applications. So once these young folks have filled theirs out, only one more person can apply. Then the rest have to wait until our government printing office can make more.

But that can’t be right, because the application pack for American citizenship can be downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/cfzcqe

No, it can only be one thing.

Mitt Romney is coming from his very special place of privilege again. He’s trying to win a campaign by waving the specter of “not enough for everyone if you get some”. That’s how a lot of the super wealthy work. Keeping the rest of us divided and fighting each other by acting like there isn’t enough lets them get away with whatever they want to do.

In this case:

Making false scarcity arguments about a big step forward Obama has made keeps people from understanding that Romney has no plan.

So today American politics carried on as it has been for years. Obama did something, and a leading Republican whined about it while offering nothing but vague mumblings & distractions in return. Yawn.

In other news, the sun rose again today. Carry on.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks April 19th!

Direct from the Seattle Office of Civil Rights:

Seattle University and Mt. Zion Baptist Church are teaming up to bring awareness to social justice issues, with a major community event this spring. In keeping with SU’s mission of empowering leaders for a just and humane world, David (Sonny) Lacks will join a conversation about his mother, science and other issues addressed in, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Soon to be made into an HBO movie by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, this New York Times bestseller takes readers on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers filled with HeLa cells, from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of. – Author Rebecca Skloot

 The event is free and open to the public. The conversation will feature a chat with Sonny Lacks, as he speaks about the book and the impact of the phenomenon surrounding his mother’s cells. The discussion will be moderated by Vivian Phillips, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Seattle Theater Group and Adjunct Professor in Fine Arts, MFA in Arts Leadership at SU.

 For more information about Seattle University’s Center for Justice in Society and to reserve tickets, please visit: http://www.seattleu.edu/csjs/default.aspx?id=25068

WHEN: April 19, 2012   7 – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Avenue,  Seattle, WA 98122

 Contact:  Stacy Howard, Seattle University, 206-890-9013        

 Office, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 206-322-6500

Here’s a flyer on the event:

Elder Law Workshop

Hey Seattle People!

Legal Voice and Qlaw are coming together this month to host a forum on elder law and the LGBT community. It’s going to take place at the Capitol Hill branch of the public library.

Here’s the flyer. Download it and pass it along, or just copy this blog post and share it.

Chase/Occupy Mashup

Keeping the political mashup theme going, here’s an excellent one combining a Chase rewards card commercial celebrating the virtues of love and family with footage of police brutality from various Occupy Wall Street moments.

Everyone needs to feel the love, right?

The Student Loan Scheme

Most of us know by now, usually through direct experience, what a Mafia inspired deal the student loan industry is. But I haven’t seen anything lay it out in detail quite like this graphic before.

Enjoy!

 

Where’s the American Dream Gone?

The Republicans yammer on about how the poor deserve to be poor and whine about holding rich people accountable is “class warfare”. But what has really been going on over the past few decades? Are the 99% of us just totally deluded? Does the American dream still exist? Let’s take a look at a nice graph.

bar graph showing massive income inequalities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huh. According to this graph, from the time I was 1 until I was 4 years old (76-79) was the only time that incomes were anywhere near equal. Looks like after the Great Depression, there may have been policies put in place that allowed the 99% to make good financial gains (at least the white 99%, more on that later) during the 60s. But after 1980, all bets were off.

Huh. You know, I’m not really sure what else to say about this. Maybe I should just let the graph speak for itself.