“The real world as it is given objectively at this moment is the sum total of all its beings and events now. But can we think of such a sum? Can we realize for an instant what a cross-section of all exsistence at definite point of time would be? While I talk and the flies buzz, a sea gull catches a fish at the mouth of the Amazon, a tree falls in the Adrionack wilderness, a man sneezes in Germany, a horse dies in Tartary, and twins are born in France.”—by William James. One day at work, I returned to my desk to find a message from an old classmate who I haven’t seen in years. This quote was pasted into a Google Chat message. We didn’t exchange any other communications but I printed it out immediately and read it every day I’m at the office.
“Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future.”—Audre Lorde (via twocatsandatrombone)
“People are arriving in such an emaciated state that our medical staff are struggling to revive them. They have gone too long without food and water. My role as an epidemiologist is to get a handle on how big the emergency is. We measure this through the mortality rate…”—Ruby Siddiqui is an epidemiologist currently working on the refugee crisis in South Sudan. (via doctorswithoutborders)
Ricardo Muniz, 24, en route to a celebratory rally in downtown Los Angeles. Celebratory chants and speeches could be heard outside the federal building at Los Angeles and Aliso streets after the Obama administration announced the decision to halt deportations of young illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before they turned 16.
The Obama administration will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and who do not pose a security threat, senior administration officials said this morning, a move that could prove important in a presidential campaign that will turn in part on who wins over Latino voters.
Effective immediately, young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally before they turned 16 will be allowed to apply for work permits as long as they have no criminal history and meet other criteria, officials said.