[Picture of Jean Donovan, Holy Martyr of El Salvador. By William Hart McNichols]
Thursday, March 15, 2007Casa Juan Diego (Houston Catholic Worker) Under Siege from the Ku Klux Klan: Justice Demands Immigration Reform
One commentator said, “This past Wednesday, the 14th, the KKK showed up near Casa Juan Diego to harass clients and staff. They were in the parking lot of the Jack-In-The-Box at Shepherd and Washington, yelling racist insults to any brown skinned person who was within shouting distance. This eventually grew to the point of yelling insults to anyone they thought had anything to do with Casa Juan Diego. According to some staff, they appeared to have the approval of Jack-In-The-Box management for use of their parking lot, as some sort of staging point.
Not only the Klan showed up, but the same sort of harassment was done by other folks as the Minute Men. Not that there is any difference in their messages.
Casa Juan Diego has been in existence for more than 25 years, providing a safe place for immigrants to receive shelter and comfort, and is part of the Catholic Worker Movement, started by Dorothy Day, many years ago. ...more (the above are stock photos)
Close to Slavery: Report Finds Labor Abuses Under Guestworker Programs
As President Bush renews his call for legislation that allows more immigrants to come to the United States as so-called guestworkers, a new report based on thousands of interviews finds widespread worker abuses under the program. We speak with the author of the report and we go to Guatemala to speak with a former guestworker. ...see DN interview