DERECHOS HUMANOS. On May 20 the website Coalicion de Derechos Humanos (Coalition for Human Rights) posted an article from sister website Indian Country Today noting widespread opposition by Native Americans against the new Arizona immigration law which encourages racial profiling and discriminates against people based on the color of their skin. It is encouraging that groups in addition to Latinos are becoming involved. This despicable law (which also happens to abrogate power from the Federal government) should never have seen the light of day. It is a slap in the face of all people, regardless or race or immigration status, with echoes of the racial/ethnic bigotry and xenophobia of Nazi German, Bosnia, Cambodia and Rwanda, among many other examples. One hopes that a national boycott of vacations and events in Arizona will sway voters there to press for repeal of the law, and the ouster of the law's creators.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE. On this day in 1883 the iconic Brookly Bridge was opened, linking New York City's Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs for the first time by spanning the East River. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The bridge's size and distinctive architecture are instantly recognizable, especially since it has appeared in numberless movies. With lanes for motor vehicles and a center walkway for pedestrians, the bridge continues to provide a vital travel connection for hundreds of thousands of users daily.