Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

The issue of immigration has taken center stage in the current race for the GOP presidential nomination and it seems that each Republican candidate is constantly trying to outdo each other with more inflammatory nativist rhetoric about taking the country back and deporting millions of people.  While most commentators are quick to point out that it would be nearly impossible to deport all the undocumented people in the country there is currently extreme pressure being put upon US immigration officials to speed up the deportations currently in the system, and as a result of this pressure they have allegedly been resorting to using dubious identity papers to deport people.  Joining me today to discuss how under pressure to speed deportations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement relies on documents of questionable validity is Aviva Stahl a Brooklyn-based journalist who writes about prisons, particularly the use of solitary confinement and the experiences of terrorism suspects and LGBTQ people behind bars who wrote all about the use of fake ID papers in an article for Al Jazeera America.

In 2013, GLSEN reported that nearly half of all LGBT youth experience some form of online harassment and that they are three times more likely to be the victim of cyber-bullying then their straight peers.  This harassment can have profound effects on the teens and lead to lowered GPA’s, depression, and suicide as was seen on September 22, 2010 when Tyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in New York after being harassed online by his college roommate.  Now, beginning Oct 3rd New York Law School will host The Internet Safety Conference, which is an unprecedented gathering of policy makers, political and business leaders, attorneys, social scientists, academics, teachers, students, and nonprofit advocates, all focused on combatting cyber-harassment in all its forms. Joining me today to discuss the conference and how New York Law School will launch a first-of-its-kind direct outreach pro bono initiative that will help victims of online harassment obtain justice is Ari Ezra Waldman, an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School, who is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tyler Clementi Foundation

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