What’s Current: Guatemalan woman sues Trump administration for taking her son at the border while seeking asylum

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  • Four former First Ladies condemn family separation policies over misdemeanor charges of illegal entry at the US border, and one mother is suing the Trump administration over having her child taken from her as she was waiting to pursue an asylum claim.
  • The #MeToo movement hits K Street, as women complain about sexual harassment in the Washington, DC lobbying industry.
  • Several Saudi women who fought for an end to the driving ban in the kingdom are waiting in jail on charges of “cooperating with individuals and organizations hostile to the kingdom” and “providing financial and moral support to hostile elements abroad.”
  • A UK gang has been jailed for trafficking Romanian women for sexual exploitation.
  • Actor Amandla Stenberg has come out as a lesbian. She tells Wonderland magazine:

“The continual process of unlearning heteronormativity and internalised homophobia can be difficult, but one of the biggest blessings lies in the magic that comes from having to understand love outside the confines of learned heterosexual roles. It is the power to reveal the ethereal love that exists within us underneath socialisation. Once I was able to rid myself of those parameters, I found myself in a deep well of unbounded and untouchable love free from the dominion of patriarchy. My sexuality is not a byproduct of my past experiences with men, who I have loved, but rather a part of myself I was born with and love deeply.”

Natasha Chart
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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  • AnotherOor

    I feel physically ill thinking what may be happening to these seized children in these detention centres. This is horrifying. I don’t live in the US and not sure what I can do to help.

    • Marla

      What’s worse there is no or little information of what’s going on with the young girls. The aftermath of this is going to traumatize generations of those families.

    • There are rumours some of them are being sexually exploited. Well, I’m not sure why that would be in doubt, actually. Of course that’s going to happen. (I’m not sure if this rumour applies to the ones in detention centres or just ones that go through detention centres into foster care, and I’m not sure if separated kids go into foster care or if it’s just the ones who arrive on their own.)

      http://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2018/06/todays-blind-items-father.html

      • Blazing Fire

        It applies here as well. I saw the “where are the girls?” (#wherearethegirls) question trending in twitter – looks like the govt has released some (polished?) photos & videos of the detention centres, AND, all of them show only boys (around 10 years old & above). No girls, no toddlers.

        Yes, where ARE the girls?

        Or, (I tremble to think) where ELSE could they be..?

        Edit: As chilling as the scenario is now, I still got a thought about the TIM “identification” & “feeeeeling” chants…… Men KNOW who are girls without asking them about their “identity”. If only the ultra-left thought about this before throwing the vulnerable real females out into the wild.. Hope they won’t go looking for children who “identify” as girls, or just put a few boys in a dress and say “Lo & behold! Here are the girls. Case closed.”

  • FierceMild

    There are protest marches happening all over the US over the separation of immigrant families. The marches are taking place June 30th; here’s a site to direct people to a march near them https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/
    Please join if you can. These children are in danger and the families have undergone enough trauma without this added burden. This is instrumental cruelty.

  • marv

    Simply uniting children with parents in jails is not the cure either:

    https://www.facebook.com/laylarazavi/posts/10160733337020457