Slideshow: Images of Immigrants under arrest

June 28, 2011

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Illegal work/ Illegal working conditions

June 28, 2011

This video nicely encapsulates the multiple strands of illegality that converge on the issue of undocumented workers.  700 people arrested and detained for working illegally and having used false identity papers; at the same time, the meatpacking company for which they work is being investigated for violation of health and safety laws, child labor violations, allegations of sexual harassment, and for withholding pay from their workers (who, being undocumented, have no legal standing to sue for withheld wages).  If you’ve read Fast Food Nation the story of the meatpacking plant conditions will be familiar.


Joseph Campbell’s Stages of the Monomyth: “The Hero’s Journey”

June 27, 2011
The Hero's Journey

Joseph Campbell’s famous stages of the monomyth have been the outline for countless heroic narratives, including Star Wars and the Matrix.


My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

June 25, 2011

Below, a link to a recent story in the NY Times Magazine by  Pulitizer Prize winning journalist Antonio Vargas who “came out” as illegal last week.  One has to wonder if Vargas risks detention and deportation into the private prison system as a result of this confession.  The comments on this article (most, sympathetic, but a few, revealingly xenophobic) are also worth browsing:

My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant – NYTimes.com.