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Video: Iowa Agriculture Secretary Candidates Debate On Iowa Press

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Obama And Trump On Immigration

By Ralph Scharnau The history of immigration to the United States reveals a long and continuing pattern of fractious immigration debate, laced with myths, xenophobia, racism, sexism, and classism.  Over the years, American Indians, women, Catholics, workers, and leftists among … Continue reading

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Tolerance In Iowa Without Congress

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This guest opinion first appeared in the Daily Iowan on Feb. 2, 2010. The idea of creating a sanctuary city did not gain traction, but local groups continue to seek ways to make the city more welcoming to … Continue reading

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Labor Update: Predictions For 2014

As we approach New Year’s Eve, it’s tempting to write a year-end review of all that passed in the preceding twelve months related to labor and politics. But my memory is bad. And I’d sooner not have to think about … Continue reading

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Who Owns the Earth?

This article by Noam Chomsky, emeritus professor of linguistics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, came from Truthout this month. It is relevant to the current conversation about immigration, borders, and protecting the commons. Read the entire article here. … Continue reading

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Don't Build the Danged Fence

The U.S. Congressman from Iowa’s fourth district made some comments about immigration recently. Actually, he’s made a lot of them over the years. We can’t let him frame the discussion or worse, re-distribute his memes. For why, read Mark Karlin’s … Continue reading

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Ok – Steve King Is Nuts

With a common name like Steve King, you would think a headline like that might cause some confusion. “Which Steve King” you might think, “there are many of them.” But in conjunction with the word “nuts” the likely Steve Kings are … Continue reading

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Petition To Be Delivered To Rep. Steve King Wednesday

ProgressIowa.org Faith Leaders, Community Organizations to Denounce Congressman King’s Divisive Immigration Views Coalition to deliver more than 1,200 petition signatures to King’s office in Ames Des Moines, IA – On Wednesday in Ames, a coalition of faith-based and community organizations … Continue reading

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Postville Immigration Raid 5 Years Later


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When Immigrant-Bashing Became A Political Liability

The Bipartisan Immigration Overhaul Bill The 2012 elections saw Latinos, the nation’s fastest growing electoral group, overwhelmingly vote for Obama.  This result caused a Republican awakening as the party’s immigrant-bashing became a political liability.  It now appears that a compromise … Continue reading

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