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Meet Undocumented Immigrants Who Got Themselves Picked Up by ICE—On Purpose

Why would an undocumented immigrant voluntarily walk into an Immigration and Customs Enforcement center and declare his or her status to the officers there? Surely they'd be locked up and would run the very real risk of being deported. But that's just what Marco Saavedra and Viridiana Martinez, activists in the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, did in July, 2012, ultimately ending up in Florida's Broward Transitional Center. 

You may remember Saavedra from Aura Bogado's article earlier this year, Dreamers Fight Deportations. Now, a joint profile by This American Life and The American Prospect looks at Saavedra, Martinez and several other activists who put their bodies on the line to stop the unjust deportation machine. 

 

—Francis Reynolds

Ari Berman: The Long War Against the Voting Rights Act

This week, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act by striking down Section 4. But the war against voting rights began long before the Court's radical decision. Nation contributing writer Ari Berman appears on Democracy Now! to lay bare the conservative crusade against voting rights, and the special interests that fund it. 

—Jake Scobey-Thal

John Nichols: Standardized Testing Is 'a Mess'

Teachers, parents and students rallied earlier this week in Albany, New York, calling for a moratorium on standardized testing—one of the lasting legacies of George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act. According to The Nation’s John Nichols, the situation is "a mess across the country," and the struggle is now to find a balance between not testing and over-testing.

—Rebecca Nathanson

Dave Zirin: What Is the Future for the Salad Revolution?

Brazil has invested significant public funds, as well as displaced thousands, in preperation for the 2014 World and 2016 Olympic Games. But with authorities backing away from their proposed transportation hike, what is the future of the salad revolution? T he Nation’s Dave Zirin joins Comcast Sportsnet to debate the dissonance between Brazil’s PR campaign and what is happening on the street.

—Jake Scobey-Thal

Dave Zirin: Brazil's Protests Are About More Than Bus Fare

As mass protests in Brazil pick up steam, Dave Zirin argues that it’s not only the bus fare increase and the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games that are drawing people to the streets but also the gap between people’s expectations about what their government should be providing for them and what they are actually experiencing in their daily lives.

—Rebecca Nathanson

Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen Cohen: Building an Off-Ramp for Conflict in Syria

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Days after the White House announced plans to step up military support for Syrian rebels, President Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland. Nation Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and Nation contributor Stephen Cohen joined All In with Chris Hayes last night to take stock of US-Russia relations and demand an “off-ramp” for escalating US engagement in the Syrian conflict. 

—Jake Scobey-Thal

Dave Zirin: Redskins Need a Name Change

With the Washington Redskins finally relevant on a national stage, The Nation's Dave Zirin argues that Dan Snyder can no longer hide from the bigotry of his team's name. 

Jake Scobey-Thal

Josh Eidelson: Fighting Back Against Walmart's Exploitation

Last week, thousands gathered in Arkansas for Walmart’s shareholder meeting. But while celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Jennifer Hudson and Hugh Jackman performed for the crowd of stock-owners and workers flown in by the company, members of OUR Walmart, a group of workers organizing for higher wages and better working conditions, protested outside.

The Nation’s Josh Eidelson joined Democracy Now! and Kalpona Akter, Executive Director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, and Scott Nova, Executive Director of the Workers Rights Consortium, to discuss the Walmart strike on Democracy Now! this morning. He also appeared on Al-Jazeera.

–Rebecca Nathanson

Jeremy Scahill: Inside the US Dirty War in Yemen

In May, the United States confirmed that it has killed a total of four US citizens in drone strikes overseas. In his new book, Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield, Nation national security correspondent Jeremy Scahill explores one of the most unjust of these deaths, that of 16-year-old Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki, killed by a drone in Yemen.

In this Democracy Now! exclusive, Scahill joins Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of Anwar al-Awlaki and the grandfather of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, to discuss the lack of justice that he has seen for the US government’s killing his son in a targeted assasination and his grandson in a drone strike.

Aura Bogado: The Obamas Need to Clean Up Their Act

The first couple’s recent trip around the commencement circuit included remarks at historically black colleges and universities slapping black youth for “fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper,” in Michelle’s words, rather than pulling themselves up by their bootstraps. “This fixation, this insistence, on blaming black youth for problems that they didn’t create is completely unacceptable,” Nation writer Aura Bogado says. “What I would have liked to have heard” from the president, “if he feels intimate with this black audience, is an ask for these graduates to fight systemic racism.” Bogado joins a panel on HuffPost Live to parse the Obamas’ words.

James Cersonsky

Mondays in Raleigh are not the same this spring. Read Phoebe Zerwick’s report.

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