GUEST COLUMN--So many words come to mind right now to describe how I feel about the loss of DACA: devastation, anger, rage, betrayal, hopelessness, fear, sadness. DACA transformed my life.

DACA allowed me to attend college, plan for my future, and work. But one of the most valuable things DACA brought me was peace of mind. I knew that I would no longer have to duck my head to scurry past police officers. I knew I would have my driver’s license as a form of government-issued ID so I would not stand out when boarding a plane or even getting a library card. I stopped constantly fearing deportation. I slept easier at night knowing that I would wake up the next day with the ability to plan at least the next two years of my life and that I would be able to help my parents. I didn't have a seemingly unending pit of fear in my stomach that often turned into full-fledged panic attacks.

GUEST WORDS--There's no one kind of worker in America, just like as there's no one way to work. As digital technologies and artificial intelligence expand our collective capacity to get things done, our attention has turned to the idea of work itself: its stipulations, its historic inequalities, and even its emergence as apolitical position. Considering the future of the American worker means considering questions of workplace inclusivitydiversity, and automation

While commemorating the end of summer with some BBQ meat marinated in beer, take a gander at some recent Pacific Standard stories that put into perspective what it means to be a worker in 2017. 

There's a Strategy That Helps Prevent Injuries at Work. Why Isn't the Federal Government Using It?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has altered its strategies dramatically since Donald Trump became president. What does that mean for America's workers? 

GUEST WORDS--Another week, another barrage of transgressions. There were the Nazis: After Charlottesville, when he "confirmed his place in the pantheon of those who believe institutional racism is something that made America great," the U.S. was one of just three countries to vote against an anti-Nazi resolution at the U.N.

There was Arpaio: Under cover of natural disaster, in another of his impotent "acts of spiteful erasure" and "cheap yet profoundly damaging acts of undoing," he not only pardoned the cruelest sheriff in America - a fellow  racist, sadist and sociopath who for years profiled and abused Latinos and kept inmates in pink underwear, spoiled food and sweltering tent prisons reaching 130 degrees, thereby driving 24% of them to suicide - but, it turns out, asked Sessions to drop his case altogether - a potentially impeachable offense.

 



GUEST COLUMN--The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast.

Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles, in an interview with USA TODAY, said more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year.

The agency has faced a crushing workload since the height of the contentious election season, and it has not relented in the first seven months of the administration. Agents must protect Trump – who has traveled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia – and his adult children whose business trips and vacations have taken them across the country and overseas.

GUEST WORDS--President Donald Trump issued his first pardon to Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff famous for using his local police force to aggressively pursue undocumented immigrants. In its official statement, the White House credited Arpaio with "more than fifty years of admirable service to our nation," which made him "a worthy candidate" for a pardon.

Below is a list of essential reading on one of the most reviled and beloved lawmen in the United States.

In November of 2004, Arpaio won re-election to his fourth term as sheriff and quickly set about reorganizing the police force by transferring some 140 deputies to different positions. Mark Flatten, then a reporter at the East Valley Tribune, found evidence the moves were tied to the deputies' political loyalty, or lack there of, to Arpaio. "Those who worked to re-elect the sheriff moved into more prized positions," Flatten wrote. "An analysis of the transfers of sworn officers by the Tribune shows deputies who backed Saban, Arpaio's rival in the Republican primary last September, were moved to such jobs as transporting prisoners or standing watch in courtrooms."

HIS LYIN’ EYES--Oh man. Another hallucinatory hiccup in the tawdry downfall of the Republic.The narcissistic dumpster went to Phoenix, Arizona because he hasn't had anyone cheering for him for a while.  

The crowds of protesters outside were huge, with inflatables -KKK Trump, Joe Arpaio in prison garb, the Golden-Haired Chicken! - on display. The crowds of sheep-like … sheeple … supporters inside were thin. 

Still, they valiantly cheered as he incoherently threatened to shut down the government if Congress won't build his stupid wall and defended his Charlottesville remarks - “the words were perfect” - by leaving out all the bad parts - "many sides," "both sides" - and raving that hate groups are actually the fault of totally dishonest media who are "trying to take away the history and our heritage ... I really think they don’t like our country." Sigh. (Photo left: Actual crowd size inside where Trump was speaking.) 

GUEST WORDS--When we hear that the Neo-Nazi movement is coming to our town, most of us naturally feel called—or pushed– to some kind of action. But not every action is going to be effective, especially if we are walking into a situation where the level of dehumanization is extreme—where people are prepared to harm or kill others. How then can we draw from the power of nonviolence in a situation of escalating violence?

First, we have to understand that nonviolence is strategic, principled, and revolutionary. It answers to the violence around us by offering, in a disciplined manner, its opposite. Nonviolence is by no means passivity. It is not inaction. And, we would include, it should not be shortsighted, reactive action. When using this power we should know what we are taking on and be prepared for encountering hatred without the fear of being overcome by it. Remember, the power of nonviolence comes from not opposing the real well being of anyone, even – or especially – when we have to oppose their actions.

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