Back in 2003 or so, I put out word I was looking to hire a researcher who could find their way around the internet for a new documentary about the Iraq War, Uncovered. And into my office walked one of the tallest, skinniest, whitest—and smartest—people I had ever met.
Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. His nomination to the Supreme Court should be cancelled.
Few Americans know about our nation's system of immigrant detention centers. Each year, the U.S. government locks up roughly 440,000 immigrants in over 200 immigrant prisons. These facilities have grown into a highly privatized, lucrative and abusive industry that profits off the misery of immigrants awaiting deportation.
Here at Brave New Films, we're doing everything we can to expose the abuses of the deportation industrial complex. In our new film, Immigrant Prisons, we explore conditions inside the detention centers, exposing substandard medical care, widespread physical and sexual abuse and virtual slave labor working conditions. These abuses happen behind closed doors with little to no oversight.
Trump has been attacking immigrant communities since his first days in office and shows no sign of slowing down. His cruel elimination of DACA, a program that protects nearly 1 million young people, is only the latest of Trump’s many despicable acts.
Andres MagaÃ±a-Ortiz did everything right. He raised a loving family, built a solid business that employed his neighbors, gave his heart, soul and treasure to help his adopted country, and tried to become a citizen. But the paperwork didn’t pan out, and on July 7, 2017, this husband, father and deeply entrenched member of his community was deported to a country he barely remembered.
This op-ed originally appeared in the Sacramento Bee on August 23, 2017.
Pastor Noe Carias preaches at a thriving Assemblies of God church in Los Angeles. He is also an undocumented immigrant. A devoted father, husband, and faith leader, for this one so-called “sin” he has been jailed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since July 24, 2017.
Being trapped results in physical experiences beyond those caused by the immediate environs in which you are stuck. You feel it in your muscles, in your chest, in your throat and in your stomach. It is, to say the least, uncomfortable. While I can’t claim to have ever been thrown behind bars, with no good options and for no good reason, I can safely say that this is likely at least some of what it feels like to be victimized by the unjust money bail system. And we hope – strangely enough – that some of this translates into what you feel playing The Bail Trap game.
Next International Trump Disaster Waiting to Happen: Sending a Murderer to Do a Diplomat’s Job in Iran
Hubris, in the wrong hands, can be the most dangerous weapon of all. Michael D’Andrea, the man Donald Trump has put in charge of intelligence operations in Iran, has more hubris than most. This was the man who invented the so-called signature strike, and stuck with it despite (deadly) evidence that it did not work. D’Andrea should not be getting a new job; he should be getting a lawyer to defend him against charges of war crimes. Instead, we are sending this murderer to do the job of a diplomat. Bad things are on the horizon.
Brave New Films: What Everyone Can Do to Build Sanctuary Networks and Fight Trump's Evil Deportations
â€¨For millions of undocumented individuals living, working, and raising families in the U.S., January 20, 2017, is a rigid moment in time.