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The revolution needs better sound design: The fight for immigration reform at the border

The daily summer temperature in the Chihuahuan Desert, the land that stretches from the middle of New Mexico and southeast through Texas and Mexico toward the Gulf, frequently surges above 100 degrees. The desert itself receives about 9 inches of rain a year, and very little of that during the summer months. Mix in devastating dust storms that often darken the sky and choke people to death in 70-plus mile-per-hour winds, and you have one of the most inhospitable places in the country. […]

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Paola Mendoza, Women’s March organizer and Flyover Fest speaker, discusses the art of resistance

Since the historic Women’s March in 2017, Paola Mendoza’s art and activism has stretched from the Grammy Awards to New York Fashion Week to the star-studded People’s State of the Union. In April, she will discuss intersectionality and with Iowa City audiences as part of the Together We Rise book tour. […]

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Interview: Writer José Orduña on the U.S.’ inconsistent immigration policies, Trump rhetoric and the scapegoating of migrants

Illustration by Nathan Wilson

José Orduña reading Prairie Lights — Thursday, Apr. 21 at 7 p.m. In José Orduña’s recently published debut, The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration, he explores his path through the naturalization process, from his early life as a “removable alien” in Chicago, to becoming a United States citizen during his time in Iowa […]

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Iowa City pastor Max Villatoro deported to Honduras

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Iowa City resident and Mennonite pastor Max Villatoro has been deported to his home country of Honduras despite widespread protest, according to a news brief released this afternoon by the Center for Worker Justice (CWJ). David Leopold, Villatoro’s lawyer, received the following confirmation email from ICE officials, according to the CWJ: Good afternoon. This is […]

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