State lawmakers heard public testimony this week on a controversial bill that would penalize local law enforcement for not fully cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The bill’s author suggests that so-called “Sanctuary Cities” like Madison have loose immigration enforcement standards that may provide cover for dangerous undocumented criminals. Immigrant rights advocates in Madison expressed concern that the measure would only drive undocumented immigrants into the shadows, while the Madison Police Chief was puzzled about why legislators considered Madison a “sanctuary” in the first place. Darien Lamen reports.
Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Roberto G Gonzales, author of “Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America” joins us by phone. Roberto G. Gonzales is Assistant Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His work has been featured in such social science journals as the American Sociological Review and Current […]
On February 10 at the Central Library in downtown Madison, a group of activists, DJs, and dance-party organizers hosted a panel discussion called Access Denied. It centered around nightlife in Madison, and the Access in question was access for traditionally marginalized people: trans people, people with disabilities, people of color, people struggling with addiction, and […]
The film “Forbidden: Undocumented and Gay in Rural America” highlights Moises Serrano Cruz’s life growing up in North Carolina. Jan talks with the filmmaker and activist about the film and the showing this coming Friday at Edgewood College. Details here.
Recorded in February 2017 at the Central Library, the Access Denied panel discussion tackled issues of equity and accessibility in Madison’s nightlife. While much has changed in Madison’s venue landscape since then, the struggle to make nightlife spaces open and welcoming to all people continues. We bring you the audio from the discussion again this […]