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IMMIGRANT LABOR, IMMIGRANT RIGHTS by David Bacon, 18 April 2014

One of the alternative proposals is the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act. First introduced in 2001, the bill would allow undocumented students graduating from a U.S. high school to apply for permanent residence if they complete two years of college or serve two years in the U.S. military. For seven years thousands of young "sin papeles," or people without papers, marched, sat-in, wrote letters, and mastered every civil rights tactic to get their bill onto the Washington agenda.
 
Many of them have "come out," declaring openly their lack of legal immigration status in media interviews, defying authorities to detain them. The DREAM Act campaigners did more than get a vote in Washington. They learned to stop deportations in an era in which more people have been deported than ever since the days of the Cold War.

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The Privatization of the Post-2015 Agenda by The World We Want 04/18/14

Partnerships for sustainable development are increasingly being promoted as a major, if not the primary, enabler for the implementation of the successor international sustainable development goals to replace the MDGs by 2015. However, a growing number of civil society groups warn against a partnership approach that places primary emphasis on enticing private sector participation and investments as this action risks reinforcing the corporate capture of the Post-2015 Agenda. This Public Forum aimed to inform civil society organizations and member states with critical perspectives on the major issues and challenges associated with partnerships with the "private sector" for sustainable development.

POLICY COHERENCE IN POST -2015 AGENDA SHOULD BE BASED ON HUMAN RIGHTS, UN EXPERT SAYS, 16 March 2014

Despite commitments to enhance coherence of development, financial, monetary, trade, investment and other key policies, global economic policy-making remains fragmented and incoherent. “Coherence among the various areas of international policy-making is critical to ensuring that actions in one policy area do not undermine the goals or actions in another,” said a report released by the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights, Mr. Cephas Lumina (“the Independent Expert”) and prepared for the General Assembly.

The report, framed around an assessment of Millennium Development Goal 8, the Global Partnership for Development, offered valuable and timely reflections for the ongoing deliberations on the design of the framework that is expected to succeed the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

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