The SB 1070 Effect
Arizona’s stiff immigration law was scheduled to take effect on Thursday, July 29. As the day drew near, opponents were sweating, hoping a court would issue at least a temporary injunction to halt SB 1070 while lawsuits proceeded. On Wednesday, July 28, District Court Judge Susan Bolton blocked part of the law, which she said may be unconstitutional.
Wrong Side of the Law
Will the city’s agreement with ICE impact immigrant victims of domestic violence?
The city's agreement allowing immigration agents into the Prisoner Transport Center Downtown may have unintended consequences for victims of domestic violence, advocates say.
Bear With Me
A small-town reporter goes for broke
I’m a tumbleweed; you’re a micromanaging fascist.
In a case of irony invading my life, I was fired from my newspaper job for writing.
I had been working as a crime reporter for a twice-weekly paper, which means I was broke but also working as feature writer, city council writer, question-of-the-week writer, parade correspondent, photographer and Lunch Boy.
Lunch Boy (one who fetches the editor’s lunch) wasn’t offered as a class in college, so I learned on the job. Actually, I have no journalism degree, either, and learned how to be a reporter by being a reporter.
Trail-a-Week: Paseo del Bosque (North Half)
Mmm, how about those gravid gray rain clouds lately? August, our wettest month, is nigh. When that musty creosote tang is in the air, a low sun shining under the numinous pillar of a classic anvil-shaped thunderhead, I always feel inspired to buy a blank canvas and demonstrate my searing love for the desert monsoon season by painting an extremely trite watercolor landscape. Alas, nothing that springs from the brush of Sprocket will ever be worthy of even the shittiest Old Town gallery, so I choose to express myself through the medium of bike rides.
Odds & Ends
[Opinion, " This Ain't No Girl Fight," July 15-21] As a progressive—and a "dreaded independent" inclined to vote for Susana Martinez—I question Gene Grant's assumption that all progressives favor legalization—or the outrageously clueless definition, lacking knowledge of immigration history, currently attached to "immigration reform." Progressives historically stood on the side of border enforcement because progressives stood on the side of labor, not corporate interests, precisely those behind the hemorrhaging borders of recent years.
It’s that time of year again, fellow weebs. Con-Jikan returns to Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque, as they carry on the 7-year grassroots anime and gaming convention tradition. With all the magic you expect from such a convention, get ready for panels, contests, cosplay for days, a gaming area, vendors of unique knick-knacks and, of course, the maid cafe. What's a maid cafe? UwU, you baka, just Google it (after turning on the safe search function) to get the vision. Pre-registration tickets are on sale at con-jikan.com for $35 or pay $40 at the door. This event happens Friday, Nov. 22 from 6 to 9pm, Saturday from 8am to 1am and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. With the voice actors for both Lulu and Yuumi in attendance, local League fans can finally personally thank someone for giving them spammable laughs that drive their enemy to madness.