LatinaLista — Today is the international observance of Human Rights Day.
Latina Lista, along with other Latina/o bloggers, have made it our mission to highlight the shortcomings of U.S. policy in regard to immigration, the treatment of undocumented immigrants and border security.
As we end another year, and get set to embark on the beginning in 2008 of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we know that the next year will be a test of the moral convictions and human compassion of the citizens of this country.
It is a test that if we pass will certainly strain the growing divide enveloping this country.
If we fail, it will exemplify the growing tide of intolerance, discrimination and blissful ignorance of what happens outside our borders that has become increasingly synonymous with the characterization of the United States from our global neighbors.
On the domestic front, the United States government is enduring constant criticism for what is commonly seen as violations of basic human rights:
- The forced imprisonment of women and children in immigrant detention facilities.
- The forced separation of families that are of mixed citizenship status.
- The harassment by some local law enforcement of "Hispanic-looking" citizens in their search of the undocumented.
- The passage of legislative measures with the sole intent of driving undocumented members of the community out.
- The attempt to strip undocumented immigrants of their dignity.
With the theme for the 2008 anniversary of Human Rights Day already set as: "Dignity and Justice for All of Us," extra effort will emerge in the blogosphere and on the grassroots level to elevate the message of what is happening to the undocumented in this country and how the country's real fear of terrorism is being manipulated and transferred onto a group that has no voice, no representation, no respect and poses no real threat.
There is hope in 2008 that things will change because people are learning to use technology and their voices to better inform the public about what is happening.
The only commitment it takes is to listen.