5VS News Roundup

We will regularly roundup current articles that have stayed on our minds to share with you all. If there are any articles, podcasts, videos, or content that you want to add to our next round-up, please email us at thefifthvitalsign@gmail.com.

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  • This is a critical time for many immigrants, and we MUST continue to put pressure on our representatives to pass a Clean Dream Act.
  • If you don't know about the Clean Dream Act, read more here: "The Dream Act of 2017 is bipartisan legislation that provides a path to citizenship for more than 2 million immigrant youth and young adults who came to the U.S. as kids. It would include the 800,000 DACA recipients who have been left in limbo after the program was rescinded on September 5, 2017. The legislation should be clean and avoid conditioning solutions for Dreamers on harsh and unnecessary policies that target other members of our immigrant communities. A clean Dream Act would not include: Funding for a border wall and increased border security that further militarizes border communities, funding for increased interior enforcement, which would involve more raids and deportations, funding for more immigration detention centers, or mandatory use of E-Verify, the federal government’s employment verification program."-ACLU
  • The most important thing: Listen to and follow undocumented folks. Follow these Instagram accounts for ways to support DREAMers and get information from those affected: @undocumedia @polibeats @undocuqueer @undocublack @undo_cu @unitedwedream @nysylc @askangy. Here's an interview with America's Voice communications director Juan Escalante: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8I2klTp_qA&feature=share
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  • "Mr. McConnell reiterated a pledge he offered on Sunday night that he intended for the Senate to take up immigration legislation in February if the issue has not been resolved by then. A major question as senators seek to end the shutdown is what kind of commitment Mr. McConnell is willing to make regarding the consideration of legislation for the young immigrants, a central issue in the current impasse."
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When They Call You a Terrorist: Black Lives Matter Memoir came out this week!

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  • The notion of affirmative consent did not fall from space in October 2017 to confound well-meaning but bumbling men; it was built, loudly and painstakingly and in public, at great personal cost to its proponents, over decades. If you’re fretting about the perceived overreach of #MeToo, maybe start by examining the ways you’ve upheld the stigmatization of feminism.”