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This Band’s Cumbia Version Of ‘This Land Is Your Land’ Is Celebrating The Immigrant Community

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) have a music video almost two year in the making as an ode to immigrant workers. They shot their music video with a group of protesters highlighting the work NDLON has been doing.

In the video, musical group Los Jornaleros del Norte perform a cumbia rendition of Woody Guthrie’s American folk song “This Land Is Your Land.”

This Land Is Your Land remix by Los Jornaleros del Norte

WATCH & SHARE “This Land Is Your Land” by Los Jornaleros Del Norte!Los Jornaleros del Norte, made up of immigrant workers committed to justice, just launched a POWERFUL cumbia remix of Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie's famous american folk song “This Land Is Your Land.” While the Trump administration ratchets up their anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric, Los Jornaleros del Norte reassert their right to remain in a land where Indigenous Peoples have lived for thousands of years before the U.S. ever existed. This video was filmed in collaboration with nearly 50 immigrant worker organizations who attended NDLON's National Assembly in Santa Clara, CA, in August of 2017.Music by: Jornaleros del Norte Directed by: Alex RiveraProduced by: NDLONCC: Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA), Fe y Justicia Worker Center, Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, Pasadena Community Job Center, TPS Alliance / Alianza TPS, Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center, Adelante Alabama Worker Center, CASA Latina, IDEPSCA, WeCount, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), Voces de la Frontera, Jolt Texas, Graton Day Labor Center (Centro Laboral de Graton), Latino Rebels

Posted by National Day Laborer Organizing Network on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

After a somber intro, the video comes to life with a rally taking place around the singer.

CREDIT: Facebook/National Day Laborer Organizing Network

The lead singer shouts and turns into a wall of posters and dancing activists gathered in Santa Clara, Calif., during an assembly for the NDLON in August of last year.

The song includes some lines about the indigenous peoples that first inhabited North America, before man-made borders were enacted.

CREDIT: Facebook/National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Some of the freestyled lyrics, which are sung both in Spanish and English (and featured in text in the video), are “Home of the brave. / The indigenous were first. / They didn’t divide our land. / Thousands of years without the border. “

The singer also calls out those that try to colonize this land, saying “El pueblo está presente. / Our courage makes them cowards.”  

The song is a rallying cry to the immigrant community.

This isn’t the first time Los Jornaleros del Norte has written songs to support the immigrant cause.

Y llegaron los jornaleros a darle guerra al Sheriff Youngblood!

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For the past 15 years, the group has dedicated themself to singing for the immigrant worker. According to the band’s biography on its official page, the band began in 1995 after an (Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in the City of Industry in California. One of the singers of the band was inspired to write a corrido (ballad) about the event, and now the band’s music is meant to “inform, educate, organize, and mobilize day workers, sensitize the general community about day labor related issues, and denounce the abuses committed against them.”

In 2016, the group performed during a march for the #Fightfor15.

Jornaleros Del Norte jamming it live! #fightfor15 #luchaporlos15 #wbw

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The “This Land is Your Land” video was made in partnership with nearly 50 different immigrant worker organizations including Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA), Adelante Alabama Worker Center, CASA Latina and New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE).


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After 17 Seasons “Grey’s Anatomy” Has Finally Cast Its First Indigenous Doctor

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After 17 Seasons “Grey’s Anatomy” Has Finally Cast Its First Indigenous Doctor

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Just when you thought “Grey’s Anatomy” had literally done every storyline in the book, they turn around and surprise you. And this time, “Grey”‘s is bringing some good news.

Now, in 2021, after 17 seasons, “Grey’s Anatomy” is finally featuring its first indigenous doctor, Dr. James Chee, played by actor Robert I Mesa.

Robert I Mesa is an actor of Navajo and Soboba descent. According to an online biography, Mesa is self-taught photographer, filmmaker and actor working in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mesa took to Instagram to celebrate the good news about being the first indigenous doctor on “Grey’s”.

“I’m so excited and honored to be the first indigenous doctor on Grey’s Anatomy,” he wrote. “James Chee will be back on April 15, so be sure to tune in…Thank you so much To Grey’s Anatomy! I know this is going to mean so much to my indigenous peoples.” He ended the caption with “it’s a good day to be indigenous”

Although now Mesa is now on one of the biggest shows on TV, he is still a relative newcomer to showbiz and “Grey’s” will be his first major role after appearing on episode three of this season.

“Grey’s Anatomy” has always prided itself in hiring diverse actors to fill its cast.

In fact, when “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes first created the show in 20–, she instructed her casting director to bring in actors of all races to audition. “The script was written with no character descriptions, no clue as to what anyone should look like,” she told Oprah in 2006.

“We read every color actor for every single part. My goal was simply to cast the best actors. I was lucky because the network said, ‘Go for it.'”

Those directions led to one of the most culturally and racially diverse casts in TV history. And it also changed the television landscape forever.

“When they had me come in to read for the role of chief of surgery, I hadn’t seen an African American in that kind of role before,” James Pickens Jr, who plays Dr. Richard Webber, said to The Hollywood Reporter.

He continued: “Shonda always wanted to make sure that the show impacted the landscape in a way that we hadn’t seen before on TV. I like to think that Grey’s had a big part in how the industry casts shows.”

“Grey’s Anatomy” has paved the way for other racially-diverse Shondaland shows like “How to Get Away With Murder”, “Scandal”, “Station 19”, and most recently, “Bridgerton.”

We’re glad that an iconic television staple like “Grey’s Anatomy” is finally expanding its diverse cast to include its first indigenous doctor.

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Rite Aid Refused To Give Undocumented Residents The COVID-19 Vaccine Even Though They’re Eligible

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Rite Aid Refused To Give Undocumented Residents The COVID-19 Vaccine Even Though They’re Eligible

As the United States ramps up its vaccination program (with more than two million people getting vaccinated each day), many Americans are eager to get that jab in the arm. But who is eligible varies from state to state and sometimes even county to county.

Despite the different eligibility thresholds in each state (depending on age group or risk factors), there is no immigration requirement whatsoever at the federal, state or local level. However, not all places are following that guideline and some undocumented residents are being incorrectly turned away.

The pharmacy chain Rite Aid is apologizing after two undocumented residents were denied vaccines.

The giant pharmacy chain Rite Aid has apologized to two undocumented immigrants who the company said were “mistakenly” denied COVID-19 vaccinations at Southern California stores. However, since then, the two women have been invited back by Rite Aid to get their vaccinations and the chain has issued an apology.

Rite Aid spokesperson Christopher Savarese described both cases as “isolated” incidents resulting from workers at the stores not following established protocols for vaccine eligibility. The employees will be re-educated on the protocols to make sure everyone is on the same page.

In a statement later sent to ABC News, Rite Aid officials said, “In such an unprecedented rollout, there are going to be mistakes and there will be always areas for providers to improve — we’re seeking out those opportunities every day.”

Savarese added, “This is very important to us that this is corrected. Both of the situations that we’re talking about have been resolved, and both of those people will be getting their vaccine at Rite Aid.”

To clarify, just who is eligible for the vaccine at this moment?

Although vaccine eligibility does vary from state to state, even county to county, there is nothing requiring that someone prove their immigration status to receive a vaccine. Rep. Tony Cárdenas, who represents Los Angeles, told ABC News that the legal immigration status of a person is not supposed to interfere with them getting vaccinated.

“That is not a requirement whatsoever at the federal, state or local level, and that organization (Rite Aid) has been told very clearly that that was wrong, and they immediately apologized for doing so, but it left the woman very distraught,” Cárdenas told KABC of Rager’s employee.

On Feb. 1, the federal Department of Homeland Security issued a statement that the agency and its “federal government partners fully support equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants.”

“It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine. DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines,” the DHS statement reads.

However, the confusion over whether undocumented immigrants qualify to receive vaccine has continued to occur not only in Southern California, but elsewhere in the country. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley issued an apology to at least 14 people who were rejected Feb. 20 at its vaccination site because they could not provide proof of U.S. residency.

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