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Las esterilizaciones forzadas de ICE son un crimen de lesa humanidad

, Bilingual Senior Energy Analyst

En inglés

Recordando a la jueza de la Corte Suprema de EE.UU. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Una persona extraordinaria y una defensora incansable de la justicia, alguien que ayudó a reparar el dolor en nuestra sociedad y a que el país continuara adelante.

Me dolieron los ojos y el alma cuando vi las noticias sobre las esterilizaciones forzadas a las que están siendo sometidas mujeres inmigrantes a manos del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés). Supimos de esto gracias a la valentía de Dawn Wooten, una enfermera Afro-Estadounidense que trabajaba en uno de los centros de detención de ICE en el estado de Georgia, y quien recientemente puso una denuncia formal reportando los horrorosos procedimientos médicos cometidos contra inmigrantes.

Esta no es la primera, segunda ni tercera vez en la que personas Negras, Indígenas, Mestizas, pobres y encarceladas han sido sometidas a procedimientos médicos invasivos sin su consentimiento previo. Estados Unidos tiene una larga historia de procedimientos médicos forzados y experimentación tanto en personas que no son Blancas como en personas con discapacidades físicas y psicológicas, basada en la eugenesia, un conjunto de ideas pseudocientíficas sobre las supuestas fortalezas y debilidades físicas y morales inherentes a una persona según su origen étnico o racial. Read more >

The Harry H. Laughlin Papers, Truman State University, Lantern Slides, Black Case,Section 12
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ICE’s Forced Sterilizations Are a Crime Against Humanity

, Bilingual Senior Energy Analyst

En español

Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. An extraordinary and tireless champion of justice, someone that “help[ed] repair tears in [our] society” and move the country forward.

It hurt my eyes and soul when I saw the news of forced sterilizations of migrant women conducted by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We learned about this thanks to Dawn Wooten, a brave Black nurse working at an ICE facility in Georgia who recently filed a whistleblower complaint reporting horrendous medical practices against immigrants.

This is not the first, second or even third time that Black, Brown, poor, Indigenous and incarcerated people have been subject to unethical, invasive medical procedures without their explicit consent. The United States has a long history of forced medical procedures and experimentations on people of color and persons with physical and mental disabilities based on eugenics, a collection of pseudo-scientific ideas about the supposed physical and moral strengths and weaknesses inherent in a person’s race or ethnic origin. Read more >

The Harry H. Laughlin Papers, Truman State University, Lantern Slides, Black Case,Section 12
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Tanisha Belvin (left) holds the hand of neighbor and friend “Mama Nita” LaGarde (right), while they are evacuated from the New Orleans Morial Convention Center to the Reliant Center in Houston. LaGarde, Belvin, and Belvin’s grandmother managed to escape the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina without being separated. Eric Gay/AP

Hurricane Laura and the Inequities of Evacuating to Safety

, Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist

For decades—if not longer—people in the United States have found themselves on one side or another of a widening equity chasm. The vast majority of people are on the side of that chasm that is also crumbling beneath our feet, yet somehow the chasm remains invisible in the list of the nation’s priorities. But sometimes there are events that lay our vulnerability so bare, so crystal clear that they serve as clarion calls for change. COVID-19 is that event. Hurricane Laura, forecast to make landfall somewhere along the Texas/Louisiana coast this week as a Category 3 or higher hurricane, could be the next.  Read more >

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Lauren Bauer. 2020. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/05/06/the-covid-19-crisis-has-already-left-too-many-children-hungry-in-america/.
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Diorama of Grant's caribou at the American Museum of Natural History. The caribou was named after Madison Grant. Photo: CC/Wally Gobetz.

Museums Should Publicly Address Racism in their Histories

, Deputy director, Climate & Energy

In June 2020, the American Museum of Natural History in New York announced that it had asked the City of New York to remove the statue of Theodore Roosevelt that stands at its entrance. A small step in the necessary decolonization of this museum and the rest of the museum world. Read more >

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Prominent Claims that Policing is Not Racially Biased Rest on Flawed Science

Dean Knox, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions, and Jonathan Mummolo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, , UCS

Following George Floyd’s killing and ensuing social unrest, policing has ascended to the top of the nation’s political agenda. Yet many politicians and pundits dismiss concerns over systemic racial bias in policing, with some calling it a “myth.” These claims rest on deeply flawed science that has nonetheless been circulated widely and uncritically by major news outlets that span the political spectrum. Read more >

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