Email Update 1/19/2012


Dear NACLA friends,

We would like to congratulate the journalist Jacob Kushner  as the 2012 winner of a $2,500 Chavkin Investigative Journalism grant, which is administered annually by NACLA. The award will partially fund a one-month investigation examining how Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian heritage face heightened persecution, including human rights abuses, by Dominican authorities after Haiti's 2010 earthquake and cholera outbreak. Jacob is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his work has appeared in the Associated Press, Newsweek, Global Post, and other publications.

NACLA would also like to announce the February 27 deadline for a $1,000 grant from the Chavkin Investigative Journalism Fund. For more information about the application process, visit here.

This Week Online:

NACLA Radio: Listen to our first podcast about the U.S.-Mexico Border, Bolivia, Chile, Venezuela, and much more!
Kevin Edmonds: The Caribbean in 2012: Looking Forward
Joseph Nevins: Border Patrol Youth
Fred Rosen: Can Mexico Build a Democracy from Above? Below? Both?
Nazih Richani: The White Elephant, U.S. Elections, and the Elusive Peace in Colombia
Emily Achtenberg: Bolivia's New Faces of Justice

The Latino Student Movements Issue:

Arely M. Zimmerman describes how the undocumented youth movement in the United States is shifting from its DREAM Act focus to broader immigrant, civil, and human rights issues.

A letter from migrant justice activist Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa to the DREAM Movement: I have come to a deeply painful decision: I can no longer in good political conscience support the Dream Act because the essence of a beautiful dream has been detained by a colonial nightmare seeking to fund and fuel the U.S. Empire machine.

On April 26, the youth collective UNIDOS occupied a Tucson School District board meeting that intended to dismantle the local Mexican American Studies program. Nolan L. Cabrera, Elisa L. Meza, and Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez report how students saved the program, and reignited the movement in the fight for ethnic studies.

Two years before the recent wave of occupations across the country, California students were occupying universities against hefty tuition hikes. Zachary Levenson describes how students are mobilizing again in spite of police repression. Will they be able to shut down their campuses indefinitely to end austerity?

In May, Chilean students took to the streets to call for free, quality, universal public education. Now after seven months, J. Patrice McSherry and Raúl Molina Mejía cover how the students have built a powerful mass movement that is demanding nothing less than the democratization of the Chilean state and the end of Pinochet-era policies.

NACLA editor Michael Fox interviews student leaders José Ancalao Gavilán (Chile) and Giovanni Roberto (Puerto Rico) about their local struggles for the right to education, against the world financial crisis, budget cuts, tuition increases, and police repression.

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