Grand Island is another of those American meatpacking towns (like Garden City, KS which I just wrote about this week) being transformed through the Refugee Resettlement program as it imports workers for those giant corporations, some of which, like Swift and Company, are no longer American companies. Swift is owned by a larger Brazilian company, … Continue reading Is something going on in Grand Island, Nebraska?
If the only article you ever read about Grand Island, Nebraska and refugees is this one, you might think that everything was going smoothly in this refugee resettlement target city. So, before you read the article (yesterday) from The Independent, go back and first read this 2010 post about a Los Angeles Times report where … Continue reading Grand Island, NE: More refugees on the way
We should all be so lucky to have a mayor like 73-year-old Margaret Hornaday—a politician who is one tough lady and speaks the truth. We first learned about Mayor Hornaday, here in 2008, when she burst on the scene by stating a truism in the New York Times. This was in the wake of a … Continue reading Truth-telling Grand Island, Nebraska mayor retiring
The Los Angeles Times has finally caught on to problems created when many diverse immigrant groups arrive in small midwestern towns lured there by the big national and international meatpackers. Here is a story thanks to Baron at Gates of Vienna that summarizes much of what we have already said about Grand Island, NE and its multicultural … Continue reading Grand Island, NE police chief: “It is chaotic anarchy” here among all the ethnic groups
AND! Surprise (not)! Another Somali Ethnic Community Based Organization is born! We reported extensively last year about the demands of Somali Muslim workers for religious accommodations at the JBS Swift & Co plant in Grand Island. You can visit our category that includes the controversy at the Swift plant in Greeley as well, here. The gist of … Continue reading Grand Island, NE: CAIR (with handmaiden EEOC) wins another one
Don’t you just love these stories about how diversity is strength? Here is an update from Grand Island, NE of the story we created a whole category for last fall. Big meatpackers, like Swift & Co. are apparently still having on-going conflicts between immigrant workers—workers they employ so they can keep wages low. Last September, culture and religion came … Continue reading Grand Island Swift plant expects more problems when Ramadan begins in August
…and, if they succeed, you will be next! Boy does this make my blood boil! Do you remember last Wednesday that the New York Times actually published a front page story about the multicultural tension in Grand Island, NE in the wake of Muslim prayer demands and the subsequent firing of Somalis at the Swift meatpacking plant … Continue reading Outrage! Somalis try to silence mayor of Grand Island, NE…
Blulitespecial sent us several links from the Grand Island Independent about Grand Island’s annual Multicultural Coalition’s meeting yesterday. I’m wondering if the “talkers” discussed the New York Times front page story that came out yesterday morning about the discord in towns like Grand Island as Somali Muslims intimidate other minority cultures to stay silent. See … Continue reading Grand Island: some sort of grand experiment?
According to Religion News Service the recent conflict over prayer times at two Swift meatpacking plants may be the beginning of a Muslim labor movement in the US. Hundreds of Muslim workers at two meat processing plants in Colorado and Nebraska walked off the job earlier this month, protesting their employer’s refusal to grant time … Continue reading Greeley/Grand Island, Somali/Swift mess may be start of something big
There is just a brief mention in a publication called AFRO (thanks to Blulitespecial for sending it along) that says Black Americans joined Hispanic, White and Vietnamese workers at the Swift meatpacking plant to protest special treatment demanded by Somali Muslims in Grand Island, NE over the last week. Check out the story here. We have … Continue reading African American Publication says Blacks joined protest against Muslims in Grand Island