“Sonali’s Weekly Columns” archives

Apr 23 2015

A Reflection of Our Barbarity: Jailing Immigrant Mothers and Babies

Published by Truthdig.com on April 23, 2015

Hundreds of undocumented families who have fled from poverty, violence and organized crime in Central American countries including Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are locked up in “residential centers” in Karnes County and Dilley, Texas; Berks County, Pa.; and, until recently, Artesia, N.M. The families are imprisoned while awaiting their immigration hearings.

The fact that we have …

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Apr 17 2015

Black Lives Matter … and Black Jobs Matter, Too

Published by Truthdig.com on April 16, 2015

Fifty-year-old Walter Scott had been having money problems. Years earlier he had worked in the construction industry, a job he acquired through the Father to Father Project, a group that provides support to low-income dads to help them keep up with child support payments, among other things. Later, he moved on to another job, but when he found himself out …

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Apr 10 2015

How America’s Theme Parks Kill Our Souls

Published by Truthdig.com on April 10, 2015

Each year for spring break, millions of Americans flock to theme parks across the nation, lured by promises of smiles and fun for children and adults alike. Ordinary people shell out hundreds of dollars for tickets alone, and more for hotel rooms, meals and extras.

Egged on by my own children, I too spent spring break this year in such a …

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Apr 02 2015

Boycott Indiana—for Imprisoning a Woman Who Miscarried

Published by Truthdig.com on April 2, 2015

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has justifiably provoked outrage nationwide for its apparent intent to legalize anti-gay discrimination by private businesses.

But another controversial law that this week resulted in a draconian 20-year prison sentence for a woman named Purvi Patel has received far less attention. That law is a fetal homicide mandate under which Patel was charged …

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Mar 26 2015

Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike

Published by Truthdig.com on Mar 26, 2015

The green Driscoll’s label on the organic berries that I buy each week are a comforting symbol of a family-owned company that got its start in California. Sometimes the berries are marked “Product of USA,” but more often than not, they are labeled as originating in Mexico. That is because Reiter Affiliated Cos., which sells berries through its affiliate BerryMex under …

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Mar 19 2015

To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System

Published by Truthdig.com on Mar 19, 2015

The bold headline of a recent Los Angeles Times editorial by the hydrologist Jay Famiglietti starkly warned: “California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?” The write-up quickly made the social media rounds, prompting both panic and the usual blame game: It’s because of the meat eaters or the vegan almond-milk drinkers or the …

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Mar 13 2015

It’s Time to Abolish Fraternities

Published by Truthdig.com on Mar 12, 2015

When I was a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin in the early 1990s, the Greek system was an entirely foreign concept to me—unsurprisingly, since I was a foreign student. My blonde roommate from Minnesota asked me in a thick Midwest accent if I was “gonna rush,” to which I responded, “Where to?” Observing her desperate courting of numerous …

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Mar 05 2015

Don’t Believe Media Coverage of Venezuela

Published by Truthdig.com on Mar 5, 2015

Diplomatic relations between Venezuela and the U.S. have just taken a big hit, with the government of Nicolas Maduro demanding that the American Embassy in Caracas reduce its staff by 80% and that U.S. visitors apply for visas.

Most symbolically, Venezuela has now barred a number of U.S. officials from visiting, including George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The backdrop …

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Feb 26 2015

Our Anti-Immigrant Racism Is Rooted in History

Published by Truthdig.com on Feb 26, 2015

When actor Sean Penn asked, “Who gave this son of a bitch a green card?” in reference to Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s winning the best-picture trophy at the 2015 Academy Awards, many came to Penn’s defense, saying it was just a joke between friends. But others didn’t take kindly to the actor’s tongue-in-cheek treatment of a serious issue that has …

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Feb 19 2015

Can the Greek Tragedy Be Rewritten?

Published by Truthdig.com on Feb 19, 2015

Outside of Latin America, it has become exceedingly rare for left-wing radical organizations and political parties to transition from agitating in the streets to actually assuming power through elections in a few short years. That is only one of many reasons why the new government of Alexis Tsipras in Greece has captured the imagination of the global left.

In elections earlier this year, …

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