Monthly Archives: February 2018

Petalumans Insist Upon Their Right to Vote, Defeat Mike Healy-Led Effort to Appoint Future Mayors

Appearing autocratic, oblivious to Petaluma public opinion, and apparently unaware that disenfranchising voters of their right to elect their mayor might be viewed as an anti-democratic move, the effort of Petaluma city councilmember Mike Healy and his fellow lawyers on the council, Kathy Miller and Dave King, to move the city to an appointed-mayoral system…

The Lawyers on the Petaluma City Council Would Like to Pick Your Next Mayor For You

The three lawyers currently serving on the Petaluma City Council – Mike Healy, Kathy Miller, and Dave King – would like to choose Petaluma’s next mayor for you, and they’re attempting to place an item on the agenda of this evening’s (February 26, 2018) meeting to discuss doing just that. If approved, this evening’s Healy/Miller/King…

Do Pentagon Black Sites Have the Best Amenities? CIA Directors Who Oompa Loompa, but only for the Cause of Democracy + Make Wuv Not War from the Mr. Fish Archives

Responding to a lawsuit, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) told a federal judge last week that it had a right to leak classified information to one select group of journalists and then to deny release of exactly the same information to other journalists requesting it under the Freedom of Information Act. Though we are fascinated by…

Peter Coyote Calls for Removing Profit Motive from the News Business

Notes the U.S. is Now a Corporatocracy Digger, actor, author, narrator of eight Ken Burns films, and now Buddhist priest, Peter Coyote, sought to ‘lift the fog of fake news’ in Bolinas yesterday during a return visit and presentation to an appreciative crowd at The New School at Commonweal. Acknowledging the challenging path ahead for…

Once Upon a Time There Was a Girl Named Dulce Carajal Whose Mother Was About to Be Deported

Courtesy of Cinthya Santos Briones and The Nation magazine.

The Nation
Published on Feb 14, 2018

Dulce Carvajal is a lot like most ten-year-olds. She likes reading and writing, drawing and horses, and playing with her younger siblings. She’s bright and shy and often soft-spoken. Too much attention embarrasses her. Candy makes her giddy. But unlike most other kids her age, she has spent the last six months of her young life living in a church alongside her mother and two younger siblings.

The family took refuge in Holyrood Church in Washington Heights last August, after Dulce’s mother, Amanda Morales, was told she was going to be deported to Guatemala. All three children—Dulce, Daniela, and David—are US citizens. But when faced with the prospect of being separated from her children while fighting the Trump administration’s deportation efforts, Amanda decided to bring her children into sanctuary with her.

Dulce is an aspiring writer and storyteller. So, as she has grappled with her new and complex world, she has begun writing her own story. In the evenings, sitting at the small dinner table or at the edge of her shared bunk bed, she peers at her family’s laptop and types in bursts of concentrated energy, pausing occasionally to ponder her next thought amid the din of her new life—her mother talking with some of the church members, who have become fast friends; her sister whirling across their single, cramped bedroom; and her baby brother’s tablet streaming his favorite cartoons.

What follows is Dulce’s story as told by her through photos, written text, and narration. It is the second installment of Finding Sanctuary, a Nation series chronicling Amanda and her children’s daily lives as they seek refuge from today’s increasingly anti-immigrant landscape.

Video Produced and edited by Cinthya Santos Briones.

2003: Colin Powell Makes the Case for War on Iraq & U.S. Corporate Media Lines Up to Promote It

Fifteen years ago, on February 5, 2003, Colin Powell, then Secretary of State in the administration of George W. Bush, spoke before the United Nations, making the case for a preemptive war against Iraq. According to Powell, his purpose that day was to “share with you what the United States knows about Iraq’s weapons of…