OBAMA’S SECOND INAUGURATION INSPIRES HOPE - President Obama took the presidential oath in 2009, promising to change the culture of political polarization in Washington. Four years later, in his second inauguration, Obama renewed his message of union, but he also detailed a new progressive agenda in favor of equality, tolerance, and immigration reform, gun control, and climate change. José López Zamorano was at the presidential inauguration and has this story.
YOUTH SEEK TO STOP PARENTS’ DEPORTATION – Days before President Obama’s inauguration, the detention of the mother and brother of a well-known activist in Arizona made headlines. It was the family of the young activist Erika Andiola, nationally recognized for her work for immigration reform and the DREAM Act, and a recent beneficiary of Deferred Action. After immigrant rights organizations mobilized almost immediately, Andiola’s mother and brother were released. Now Andiola and other youth seek to stop more deportations of mothers and fathers. Valeria Fernández reports from Phoenix, Arizona.
BISHOP APOLOGIZES TO NATIVE AMERICANS - The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Monterey, California, offered a public apology for the discrimination and persecution of the Native American people Amah Mutsun, during the time of the Spanish conquest. Although it is known that this tribe has millenary roots in Northern California, it is still not recognized by the federal government. Juan Santiago witnessed the official mass where the apology was offered, at Mission San Juan Bautista, and he also went to a Native American dance before the ceremony.