The Dream Act-Immigration Policy Center

The Dream Act- Deferred Action Policy for Dreamers

in Spanish

Additional Dream Act site

MALDEF Mexican American Legal Defense Fund

Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

National Immigration Law Center

Founded in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center is the only national legal advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants and their families.



Upholding the rights of immigrants is important to all of us. The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every “person” and are not limited to citizens.

Urban Portal/ The University of Chicago

Can the Rustbelt Be Revitalized

Between 1950 and 2008, Detroit, once a city of almost two million, lost about half of its residents. What used to be a symbol of American prosperity has become the most prominent example of postindustrial urban decay. Detroit is only one of many cities of the “Rust Belt” that are struggling with high unemployment, high crime rates, and population decline. A recent book by the American Assembly of Columbia University, the Center for Community Progress, and the Center for Sustainable Urban Development of Columbia University’s Earth Institute has analyzed the origins of the population decline and proposed strategies for revitalizing the former manufacturing cities in the Midwest and Northeast of the United States. The volume grew out of a three-day conference held in April 2011, where leading social scientists and experts in the field met to develop potential solutions to reverse the population decline in cities such as Detroit, St. Louis, and Cleveland.

DIAMONDS IN THE RUST is a project by graduate students in Ohio State University City and Regional Planning program to come up with innovative solutions to Rust Belt challenges.

Lopez, Steven. 2004. Reorganizing the Rust Belt: An Inside Study of the American Labor Movement.
Berkeley: University of California Press.

In a powerful ethnography that captures the voices of those involved in SEIU nursing-home organizing in western Pennsylvania, Lopez illustrates how post-industrial, low-wage workers are providing the backbone for a reinvigorated labor movement across the country. 

 Lopez shows how the union’s ability to devise creative solutions—rather than the adoption of specific tactics—makes the difference between success and failure.

How Class Works – 2012 Papers Presented at a Sociological Conference at SUNY Stoney Brook

“The U.S. in 2012: What’s Class Got to Do with It? A Roundtable Discussion with Bill Fletcher, Jr., Juan Gonzalez, Bob Herbert, Frances Fox Piven, and Michael Zweig”:

Working America, an allied organization of the AFL-CIO that seeks to build alliances among working-class people:

Downtown Shenandoah Inc – Shenandoah, PA
Downtown Shenandoah, Inc. (DSI) is a group of business and property owners, residents and concerned citizens who have a communal desire to see Shenandoah return to a position of prominence and prosperity.

Shenandoah, Pennsylvania (PA 17976) profile: population, maps

The Greater Shenandoah Area Historical Society

Molly MacGuires in Pennsylvania Coal Regions

Coalcracker Culture: Work and Values in Pennsylvania Anthracite

Shenandoah, Pennsylvania- The Story of an Anthracite Town- Harper’s Magazine, 1939