Archives for the Date June 26th, 2019

philosophybits: “The value of philosophy is, in fact, to be sought largely in its very uncertainty….


“The value of philosophy is, in fact, to be sought largely in its very uncertainty. The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without the co-operation or consent of his deliberate reason. To such a man the world tends to become definite, finite, obvious; common objects rouse no questions, and unfamiliar possibilities are contemptuously rejected. As soon as we begin to philosophize, on the contrary, we find that even the most everyday things lead to problems to which only very incomplete answers can be given.”

— Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

plaidadder: uncommonbish: Don’t fucking look away. I…



Don’t fucking look away.

I reblogged a post about the family separation policy sometime last summer in which an expert on child welfare was quoted as saying, “There is no safe way to detain children.” And there isn’t.

These children are being treated like criminals–by an administration that doesn’t believe criminals are human. They are being neglected and mistreated because this administration believes that will create “deterrence” that will stop more people from migrating. They don’t have soap and blankets because this administration doesn’t want to send the message that children who cross the border will be well treated. It’s the same reasoning Republicans use in thinking about prison, and it produces similar results.

I understand the fatigue and the hopelessness. I feel it myself. Ultimately, this cannot be solved until the detainer in chief is removed from office and there is a serious reorganization of DHS, CPB, and ICE (if it continues to exist). But we know from last summer that public outrage is capable of at least ameliorating this disaster, if not actually solving the problem. 

I would also point out that even if Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez never gets a legislative proposal through Congress, her election to the House has been a game-changer. She was the one who started a national conversation about this by calling these “facilities” what they are, and if you want to argue with me about the technical definition of a “concentration camp,” I am ready. The point of mass detention facilities like this, whether you call them internment camps or concentration camps or “summer camps” (like Laura Ingraham), is to put the targeted population in a place where there is no regular oversight and no real accountability, and where the media and the public don’t see what’s happening to them. Publicizing the conditions at these places is the first step in dismantling them–though, as us longtimes foes of Guantanamo  Bay know, there’s a long way to go between the first step and the last.

The House is now trying to address this issue in an immigration spending bill they hope to vote on Tuesday. They are divided about what to do about it; should they vote more money to DHS to make conditions better, or will that just lead to them detaining more children? You might contact your House representative and ask how they are planning to address this issue, if you want to take an action that will make you feel less hopeless. 

Ultimately the only answer is to stop detaining children. That doesn’t mean that short-term fixes can’t do anything to help the children who are in this situation right now. 

keanujpg: “Kate, I found it. I have it with me. One day I’ll get…


“Kate, I found it. I have it with me. One day I’ll get it you, trust me; I know how important it is to you. You might not remember but we saw each other. At least, I saw you. You never told me how beautiful you are.” the lake house (2006) dir. alejandro agresti

beatrice-otter: fairandfatalasfair: “Many of the people housed in these facilities are not…



“Many of the people housed in these facilities are not “illegal” immigrants. If you present yourself at the border seeking asylum, you have a legal right to a hearing under domestic and international law. They are, in another formulation, refugees—civilian non-combatants who have not committed a crime, and who say they are fleeing violence and persecution. Yet these human beings, who mostly hail from Central America’s Northern Triangle of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador—a region ravaged by gang violence and poverty and corruption and what increasingly appears to be some of the first forced migrations due to climate change—are being detained on what increasingly seems to be an indefinite basis.”

Concentration Camps Expert Andrea Pitzer: The Trump Administration Is Running Camps at the Southern Border

These people are not breaking any laws. They are seeking asylum. We should be proud to be a country that accepts and welcomes refugees, and we are instead choosing to be a shameful, disgraceful, violator of human rights.

I am so ashamed and disgusted by this indefensible practice.

Oh, none of ICE’s actions have anything to do with legality. A man in my congregation was a LEGAL immigrant. I forget which country he was from, but he had come quite legally, had a valid green card, owned a business, and was working on getting his citizenship. He was a pillar of the community who had never once stepped one toe outside any law.

ICE picked him up and detained him for six months, claiming “paperwork irregularities.” That was a lie. His paperwork was pristine. Six months in jail. For nothing. When they finally admitted they had no grounds to hold him and released him, he closed his business, packed up, and went home, and I don’t blame him. But I bet the ICE goons were THRILLED that they had harassed a brown man into leaving the country.

There’s another Latine family in our congregation, still. The husband is gone a lot for work, but the mom and kids come regularly. She was born in California, she’s only been to visit family back in Guatemala a handful of times in her life. But she is TERRIFIED. Because if ICE decides they don’t like you, and your skin is brown, they can just scoop you up, legality be damned. Sure, they’d eventually have to let her go … but what would her two little kids do in the meantime? Her husband isn’t home for most of the week!

For ICE, the law is only a fig leaf to cover racism and abuse, and it’s a tiny fig leaf they are happy to dispense with when it suits their purposes.

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