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The Scotia Widows: Inside Their Lawsuit Against Big Daddy Coal

The Scotia Widows: Inside Their Lawsuit Against Big Daddy Coal Lowest new price: $3.74
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Author: Gerald Stern
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On March 9, 1976, a violent explosion, fueled by high concentrations of methane gas and coal dust, ripped through the Scotia mine in the heart of Eastern Kentucky coal country. The blast killed fifteen miners who were working nearly three and a half miles underground; two days later, a second explosion took the lives of eleven rescue workers. For the miners’ surviving family members, the loss of their husbands, fathers, and sons was only the beginning of their nightmare.

In The Scotia Widows, Gerald M. Stern, the groundbreaking litigator and acclaimed author of The Buffalo Creek Disaster, recounts the epic four-year legal struggle waged by the widows in the aftermath of the disaster. Stern shares a story of loss, scandal, and perseverance–and the plaintiffs’ fight for justice against the titanic forces of “Big Daddy Coal.”

Confronted at nearly every turn by a hostile judge and the scorched-earth defense of the Scotia mine’s owners, family members also withstood the opprobrium of some of their neighbors, most of whom relied on coal mining for their livelihoods. Meanwhile, Stern, representing the widows of the disaster on contingency, amassed huge bills and encountered a litany of formidable obstacles. The Eastern Kentucky trial judge withheld disclosure of his own personal financial interest in coal mining, and a popular pro-coal former Kentucky governor served as the lead defense counsel. The judge also suppressed as evidence the federal mine study that pointed to numerous safety violations at the Scotia mine: In a rush to produce more coal, necessary ventilation had been short-circuited, miners had not been trained in the use of self-rescue equipment, and ventilation inspections had not been made. Moreover, Scotia did not even have a trained rescue team. Ultimately, the Scotia widows’ ordeal helped to inspire the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, which changed safety regulations for coal mines throughout the country.

The Scotia Widows portrays in gripping detail young women deciding to pursue a landmark legal campaign against powerful corporate interests and the judge who protected them. It is a critically important and timeless story of ordinary people who took a stand and refused to give up hope for justice.

Praise for The Scotia Widows:

“This is a very scary story, a guided tour of the grinding cogs and spinning wheels inside the machinery of justice. Gerald Stern’s compassionate account of the ordeal of the Scotia widows shows you how horribly out of kilter it can all get when greed and self-interest are at the controls. Only with luck and the expertise of Stern does justice emerge in the end, a bit tarnished but still intact.”
–Jonathan Harr, author of A Civil Action

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The Accelerating Decline in America's High-Skilled Workforce: Implications for Immigration Policy (Policy Analyses in International Economics)

The Accelerating Decline in America's High-Skilled Workforce: Implications for Immigration Policy (Policy Analyses in International Economics) Lowest new price: $14.48
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Author: Jacob Funk Kirkegaard
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Kirkegaard explores the increasingly dysfunctional state of present US high-skilled immigration laws and recommends a coherent set of immediate reforms, which should aim to facilitate continuously high and increasingly economically necessary levels of high-skilled immigration to the United States. In recent decades American skill levels have stagnated and struggled to make the global top 10. As baby boomers retire, the United States risks losing these skills altogether. In response, the United States should address high-skilled immigration in its broader foreign economic policies in an attempt to remain a global leader in the face of accelerating global economic integration.

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Citizenship across Borders: The Political Transnationalism of El Migrante

Citizenship across Borders: The Political Transnationalism of El Migrante Lowest new price: $4.50
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Author: Michael Peter Smith
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Michael Peter Smith and Matt Bakker spent five years carrying out ethnographic field research in multiple communities in the Mexican states of Zacatecas and Guanajuato and various cities in California, particularly metropolitan Los Angeles. Combining the information they gathered there with political-economic and institutional analysis, the five extended case studies in Citizenship across Borders offer a new way of looking at the emergent dynamics of transnational community development and electoral politics on both sides of the border.

Smith and Bakker highlight the continuing significance of territorial identifications and state policies―particularly those of the sending state―in cultivating and sustaining transnational connections and practices. In so doing, they contextualize and make sense of the complex interplay of identity and loyalty in the lives of transnational migrant activists. In contrast to high-profile warnings of the dangers to national cultures and political institutions brought about by long-distance nationalism and dual citizenship, Citizenship across Borders demonstrates that, far from undermining loyalty and diminishing engagement in U.S. political life, the practice of dual citizenship by Mexican migrants actually provides a sense of empowerment that fosters migrants' active civic engagement in American as well as Mexican politics.

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Corporate Record Keeping Made E-Z (Made E-Z Guides)

Corporate Record Keeping Made E-Z (Made E-Z Guides) Lowest new price: $29.95
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Author: Arnold S. Goldstein
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Nelson vs. the United States of America: A System in Denial

Nelson vs. the United States of America: A System in Denial Lowest new price: $29.97
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Author: Marcus Giavanni
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A true story about an innocent citizen, Mark Nelson, who was arrested by the FBI and accused of a heinous crime. Two days after his arrest one of the two actual criminals confessed to the crime and exonerated Nelson of any wrongdoing. The FBI, after already informing superiors that Nelson was guilty, kept him under arrest for over eleven months. This book is Mark Nelson's fight to restore his name, regain access to his twin daughters, and to put certain FBI special agents on trial for their abuse of power.

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Becoming Brazuca: Brazilian Immigration to the United States (David Rockefeller Center Series on Latin American Studies)

Becoming Brazuca: Brazilian Immigration to the United States (David Rockefeller Center Series on Latin American Studies) Lowest new price: $68.90
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Brazilians in the United States are a relatively new wave of immigrants from South America. In the past their vast country of origin was used to receiving immigrants, not sending them out. The shift is new, and these arrivals do not necessarily fit comfortably in the midst of the huge Spanish-speaking U.S. immigration. This volume offers a broad-ranging discussion of an understudied population and also brings insights into the core issues of immigration research: how immigration can complicate issues of social class, race, and ethnicity, how it intersects with the educational system, and how it fits into the assimilation paradigm.

Within the three broad categories that separate these 14 chapters, discussions by the 24 contributors illuminate the various facets of Brazilian immigration and put them in the broader context of life in the twenty-first century. Discussions of cultural icons like Carmen Miranda and Carnival, of Brazilian immigrant women, of the new generation, and of the economy of remittances are just a few examples of the wide range of topics covered in these pages.

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Proyecto Ciudadanía 2001 (Spanish Edition)

Proyecto Ciudadanía 2001 (Spanish Edition) Lowest new price: $32.95
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Author: John C. Gomez

Proyecto Ciudadania is a complete bilingual preparation for U.S. Naturalization. Our product includes a study manual, audio CD, and Flashcard component. It is the most updated and complete study materials for Spanish speakers to prepare for their citizenship interview in English.


Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right

Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right Lowest new price: $1.95
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Author: Michele Wucker
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We are essentially a nation of people who once belonged elsewhere, yet have long been deeply ambivalent about this part of our history. After World War I, the fear of the stranger overwhelmed America's confidence in our ability to create one nation out of many peoples. We slammed the door shut, only to realize our error and re-open it four decades later. Today, a record-high foreign-born population, global instability, and economic uncertainty have once again pushed America to a tipping point in our attitudes not only toward immigration but toward our role in the world—and the stakes have risen dramatically. Our economy depends more than ever on immigrants, not only for stereotypical low-skilled jobs, but much more so for maintaining our technological edge and promoting American products and services abroad. So far, America has reaped the lion's share of the gains of globalization. Yet for the first time ever, the world's best and brightest no longer see this country as the only destination of choice. In Lock Out, Michele Wucker documents the mistakes that led to our predicament today, and clarifies why it would be a catastrophic error of judgment, as well as a demonstration of a colossal lack of self-knowledge, if America attempted to turn its back on rest of the world and in so doing on the best of itself.

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The Human Rights of Non-citizens

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Author: David Weissbrodt
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Non-citizens include asylum seekers, rejected asylum seekers, immigrants, non-immigrants, migrant workers, refugees, stateless persons, and trafficked persons. This book argues that regardless of their citizenship status, non-citizens should, by virtue of their essential humanity, enjoy all human rights unless exceptional distinctions serve a legitimate State objective and are proportional to the achievement of that objective. Non-citizens should have freedom from arbitrary arrest, arbitrary killing, child labor, forced labor, inhuman treatment, invasions of privacy, refoulement, slavery, unfair trial, and violations of humanitarian law. Additionally, non-citizens should have the right to consular protection; equality; freedom of religion and belief; labor rights (for example, as to collective bargaining, workers' compensation, healthy and safe working conditions, etc.); the right to marry; peaceful association and assembly; protection as minors; social, cultural, and economic rights.

There is a large gap, however, between the rights that international human rights law guarantee to non-citizens and the realities they face. In many countries, non-citizens are confronted with institutional and endemic discrimination and suffering. The situation has worsened since September 11, 2001, as several governments have detained or otherwise violated the rights of non-citizens in response to fears of terrorism. This book attempts to understand and respond to the challenges of international human rights law guarantees for non-citizens human rights.

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The 200 Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions for Educators

The 200 Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions for Educators Lowest new price: $34.95
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Provides clear analysis and legally defensible approaches for addressing common legal challenges that schools face, such as individuals′ rights, disciplinary practices, morality, liabilities, teacher dismissal, and NCLB.

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