Donna Smith

What a week for those of us who support Bernie.  I almost typed Senator Bernie Sanders, but then pulled back to re-type Bernie because even formalizing his title and his name seems somehow a concession.  Bernie was not defeated.  The movement for climate, economic and social justice was not defeated. And I was certainly not defeated.

On Sunday, the favorites can make up for more two decades of underachivement, but they face a Chile team that has rediscovered its bite and drive

And so, once again, Argentina stand on the brink. For them, Gabriel Batistuta’s two goals against Mexico in the 1993 Copa America final have come to seem an awful long time ago. Since then they’ve won five Under-20 World Cups and two Olympic golds but no senior trophies.

Related: How Latino fans at the Copa América stuck it to Donald Trump

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Writer, actor and comedian Aziz Ansari has never shied away from uncomfortable truths.

He has drawn attention to the under-representation of Asian actors in Hollywood and called out sexism in his HBO show, Master of None.

In a moving opinion piece published Friday in the New York Times, Ansari added Donald Trump to his list of targets. In particular, he shared his fears about what many Americans may face, especially those like his Muslim parents, in a country led by Trump.

“Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech, prejudice is reaching new levels,” he wrote. “It’s visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray.” Read more…

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Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

In a 75-minute speech on Thursday night, Bernie Sanders described his “vision of transforming this country”—a vision that depends on the wholesale mobilization of the populist army galvanized by his presidential campaign.

“Never, ever lose your sense of outrage,” Sanders told the New York City crowd in an address titled “Where We Go From Here.”


James Fallows is in western Kansas around Dodge City, where many of the cities are majority Latino and full of immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Cuba, and more recently Somalia and Sudan. Here’s what he says:

I can’t let this day end without noting the black-versus-white, night-versus-day contrast between the way immigration, especially from Mexico and other parts of Latin America, is discussed in this part of the country where it is actually happening, versus its role in this moment’s national political discussion.

….Every single person we have spoken with — Anglo and Latino and other, old and young, native-born and immigrant, and so on down the list — every one of them has said: We need each other! There is work in this community that we all need to do. We can choose to embrace the world, or we can fade and die. And we choose to embrace it.

I don’t have actual data on this, but my sense from both the US and Britain is that the most fervent opposition to immigration—legal or otherwise—comes precisely from the regions where it’s had the least impact. Here in the US, for example, immigration from Latin America has been heaviest in the southern sun belt states of California, Texas, Arizona, and a few others. And yet Donald Trump’s “build a wall” narrative played well in places like New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, all of which have relatively small Latino populations. Similarly, Brexit did best in the small towns and rural areas of England, the places that have the fewest immigrants and that depend the most on EU trade.

That’s not to say that opposition to immigration is absent in places like London or San Diego. It’s not. But these places mostly seem to have adapted to it and figured out that it’s not really all that bad. It’s everywhere else, where immigration is mostly a fear, that anti-immigrant sentiment has the strongest purchase. And that’s why peddling fear is so effective.