The Facebook message from Julie at Minority Humanitarian Foundation arrived on a Wednesday afternoon.

“Hi Jim and Nina would you be available/interested in driving to Calexico tomorrow to pick up an asylum seeker? His wife just called us and he is being released today. …

On a recent morning I stopped at a local coffee shop before getting on the highway to spend a few hours with my two grandchildren.

Only one barista was on duty and he was busy making a fancy beverage for the only customer ahead of me. I stood behind the…

I am in awe of James Baldwin.

The novelist, poet, essayist and activist has been in vogue recently, thanks in part to the 2020 re-release of the documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” and scholarly books such as Eddie S. Glaude’s “Begin Again.”

Baldwin, who died in 1987, was a…

Migrants and asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico, 2019.

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-El Paso) criticized the “rhetoric of fear and hatred” used Monday March 15, 2021, by GOP House members at a media event at the southern border in El Paso.

Rep. Escobar said during a virtual press conference that she had invited House minority leader Kevin McCarthy’s…

The calling cards of a U.S. Census enumerator.

Yesterday I ended my six-week stint as an enumerator with the U.S. Census Bureau, going door-to-door as part of the constitutionally mandated decennial effort to track our population.

Despite some frustrations with the technology and with ongoing uncertainty over the timetable of our work (as it’s yet another democratic institution…

A neighbor, middle, opposing a Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center in Fayetteville, N.Y., engaged protesters in a heated argument on June 19. Police were called. Photo © Michelle Gabel


The summer of 2020 was one of violence.

More violence — and deaths — seem inevitable with the approach of the Nov. 3 elections, widely viewed as a referendum on the current administration and its policies.

Anxiety and tension have risen with more videotaped incidents involving police…

In the two weeks since a white Minneapolis police officer — knowing he was being videotaped — took the life of African-American George Floyd, protests have erupted around the world and in my white town, my white neighborhood.

‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters in Fayetteville, New York, June 4, 2020. Photo © Michelle Gabel.

I wanted to share some of the more noteworthy reactions from people…

Jamal Johnson has been in Minneapolis, Minn. the past three days during protests over the death of George Floyd, an African-American who died Monday after a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd’s hands were cuffed behind his back. …

The Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, NY.

After the first reported death from COVID-19 of a detainee in ICE custody in California, immigration advocates fear there will be many more.

Almost half of the detainees tested for COVID-19 in ICE detention centers in the U.S. have the potentially fatal virus — 705 positives out of 1,460 tests.

Front page of The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY, May 4, 1990.

Thirty years ago today, The Post-Standard in Syracuse, NY, published a series of articles I wrote about a Syracuse native, Tom Grace, who was one of the nine students wounded by Ohio National Guardsmen at Kent State University on May 4, 1970.

Four students were killed, of course, during the…

Jim McKeever

Semi-retired, thoroughly disgusted progressive grandfather.

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