The Diversity/Justice Team will be focusing on Immigration and Refugees, LGBTQ issues, Black Lives Matter and Urban Justice, Seniors, People with Disabilities, Privilege and “Other Pinks,” ACLU news, and more. We believe the new name is more reflective of the mission of our team: to focus on the political, social and justice Issues that positively or negatively affect the inclusion of all people into the fabric of our country.


— First, some good news! Politico is reporting that Congress may “stiff” Trump by not providing revenue for THE WALL. Read more here: http://www.politico.com/…/border-wall- trump-congress- fundin… The rest of the news? Well…not so much. ***The Supreme Court unanimously overturned an IDEA-related Circuit Court ruling by SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch. In that case, Gorsuch had ruled against a disabled child suing for his right to specialized educational services

***”Trump appointed Roger Severino—a former Heritage staffer who has railed on everything from marriage equality to bathroom access for trans people—to head the Civil Rights Office at HHS, a position charged with making sure that the very people Severino has attacked “have equal access to healthcare” (Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lgbtq-advocates- horrified-by- trump-administrations-civil- rights-appointment_us_58d6a491e4b03787d35918dd )

***”The next census won’t include questions related to sexual orientation or gender identity, the Census Bureau announced Tuesday, a move that’s drawn sharp rebuke from LGBT rights organizations.” (Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/us-census- lgbt-americans_us_58db3894e4b0cb23e65c6cd9 )

***”An academic study analyzed news coverage of missing children and found that only 20 percent of reported stories focused on missing Black children. This, despite the fact that Black children account for 33 percent of total missing children cases. In other words, missing Black youth are grossly underreported in the news. For missing girls, it’s even worse. When Black girls go missing, far too many people don’t know or don’t care.” http://www.ebony.com/news-views/missing- black-girls…

***Authorities in New York have charged a white supremacist from Baltimore with terrorism over the murder of a black man last week. Police say 28-year- old James Jackson of Baltimore traveled to New York City specifically to kill black men. It was a plan he carried out on Monday, stabbing 66-year- old Timothy Caughman to death on a public street corner, police say. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/28/521805165/white-supremacist- charged-with- terrorism-over- murder-of- black-man


***”The focus on immigration continues, as the government promises to punish sanctuary cities and cities that have chosen not to do ICE’s work for it by detaining undocumented immigrants until that agency can collect them for deportation.” http://www.npr.org/…/this-week- in-race- ice-sends- chills-acr…

***”ICE agents shoot Chicago man, acknowledge it was the wrong person. Felix Torres, a legal immigrant for 30 years, is in stable condition at Stroger Hospital recovering from his wounds. Chicago Police are investigating the incident.

***”Groups that help low-income families get food assistance are alarmed by a recent drop in the number of immigrants seeking help. Some families are even canceling their food stamps and other government benefits, for fear that receiving them will affect their immigration status or lead to deportation. Many of the concerns appear to be unfounded but have been fueled by the Trump administration’s tough stance on immigration.” http://www.npr.org/…/deportation-fears- prompt-immigrants- to…

***”The Justice Department is following through on an executive order to withhold as much as $4.1 billion in federal grants from so-called “sanctuary cities,” generally defined as places where local law enforcement limit their cooperation with federal authorities on immigration enforcement.” http://www.npr.org/…/attorney-general- orders-crackdown- on-s…

***Take a rare look at life inside one of the Chicago area’s 2 ICE immigration detention centers in this moving Trib article. http://www.chicagotribune.com/…/ct-immigrants- mchenry-deten… ACTIONS ***Protect our Immigrants and Refugees Planning Meeting, Monday, April 10, Barrington Public Library. https://www.facebook.com/events/1385111624883839/?ti=icl

***Unity For Disability Power! Rally And March, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 4:30pm 6:00pm, Federal Plaza, 50 West Adams Street, Chicago

***Tell Congress: Pass the Access to Legal Counsel Act. Sign Credo Petition. https://act.credoaction.comsignlegal_counselsp_ref=4.179775.f571525.2&source=fb_share_sp

***NOT ONE CENT FOR TRUMP’S ANTI-IMMIGRANT AGENDA. Trump needs billions of dollars from Congress to implement his anti-immigrant agenda. So we’ve got a chance to block his unconstitutional executive orders. Sign the ACLU petition at: https://action.aclu.org/secure/DefundImmigrationEOs… PODCASTS YOU CAN USE

***Crooked Media’s new podcast, “With Friends Like These” focuses on inter-racial, cross cultural, and cross political communication. Free. https://itunes.apple.com/…/with-friends- like-…/id1207507389…

***Jeff Yang and blogger Phil Yu are now on a podcast! “They Call Us Bruce” gives us a no-holds- barred look at what’s going on in Asian America. Free on iTunes.

***Finally, take a listen to the Code Switch podcast. Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get…stuck? Journalists of color make NPR’s Code Switch real. Free on iTunes. Stephanie Certain Matz – People Over Party https://www.facebook.com/groups/1196883450364705/1341185509267831/?comment_id=1341431792576536&notif_t=like&notif_id=1490872420614536