Weekly Wrap 4.12.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 4.12.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Trump Signs Executive Orders Fast-Tracking Pipeline Approval Process

“In addition to shortening the review process for infrastructure projects, the orders are aimed at limiting states’ power to pause construction and giving the president the final word on permits for cross-border projects, among other things.”

2. United Farm Workers Push for Legalization, Protections

A proposed bill would create a “blue card” status aimed at farm workers and their families.

3. Kirstjen Nielsen’s Role in Family Separation: A Timeline

Before her resignation earlier this week, the now-former Secretary of Homeland Security oversaw family separation. While the exact history of its implementation is still somewhat unknown, here’s a look at Nielsen’s involvement.

4. NASA, Please Do Not Encourage People to Think We Will Move to Mars

“Flirting with the idea of leaving our current planet behind for an upgrade is romantic-sounding on its face, but systematically troubling.”

5. Under Brazil’s New Government, Islamophobia Continues to Rise

A look at how Islamophobia continues in different contexts around the globe.

6. How Islamophobia Today Can Be Traced to the Past

Nazia Kazi, an anthropologist and professor on race, ethnicity, immigration, and Islam, talks about her new book, Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics, in light of that global rise in Islamophobia and xenophobia most recently evidenced in the New Zealand massacre.

7. The King of Children’s Music Is Taking on Trump

Singer-songwriter Raffi has long injected messages about human rights into his music, and the Trump era has pushed him to speak out.

8. 9 Questions About the Border Crisis You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask

The wave of migration driving Trump’s meltdown, explained.

9. The Limits of Sanctuary

The filmmakers behind the documentary Santuario talk about the movement: “We say it all the time but sanctuary is incredibly messy. It's not a solution. It's a waiting period.”

10. More Couples Are Getting Married By a Friend

Religious disaffiliation, eschewing of traditions, and shifting expectations all play into the trend.