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BREAKING: La. Sheriff Ordered ‘Illegal Alien’ Probe of Oil Spill Workers

by Guest Columnist on June 8 2010, 6:58PM

By Brentin Mock St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jack Stephens acknowledged today that his office requested federal immigration officials search for undocumented workers among those cleaning up BP’s oil spill. After a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department initially denied involvement*—and federal…

Topics: Immigration

Lincoln Vows to Finally Pay Black Farmers for Bias

by Guest Columnist on May 5 2010, 12:26PM

By Jessica Strong Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln stepped into a 10-year-old debacle last week to help Black farmers finally get restitution for years of discrimination by the federal government. Lincoln, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, called on Friday for…

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Accountability for the Return of Abstinence-Only Funding

by Guest Columnist on April 26 2010, 11:10AM

By Jessica Strong Health care reform’s off the front pages, but the new problems it introduced haven’t gone away. Outraged at the (unanticipated) inclusion of renewed abstinence-only sex education funding in the bill, the group Advocates for Youth has plans…

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Exploring Race in the NYT Tea Party Poll

by Guest Columnist on April 15 2010, 4:50PM

By Victor Goode Yesterday’s New York Times poll of “tea party” supporters shows that while their most important concern is the economy, they often view this issue through the lens of racially tinted glasses. Not surprisingly, no public figure is…

Topics: Politics

Will the FDA Stub Out Big Tobacco’s Menthol Ploy?

by Guest Columnist on March 31 2010, 12:59PM

By Jessica Strong Last June, President Obama signed a law authorizing the FDA to regulate tobacco and creating a panel for that task. Now the panel’s taking up the question of whether to ban menthol-flavoring in cigarettes, which critics…

Topics: Health

It’s Back! Abstinence-Only Funding Revived in Health Bill

by Guest Columnist on March 30 2010, 11:55AM

By Jessica Strong The Obama administration can add this one to its ever-growing list of progressive criticisms: The health insurance reforms the president finalized this morning include a revival of the controversial abstinence-only education initiative known as Title V….

Topics: Health

Gaysians Take Over New York Fashion Week

Gaysians Take Over New York Fashion Week

by Guest Columnist on February 18 2010, 9:15AM

By Alex Jung Inconstancy, rather than a vice, has long been a strength of fashion. Empire waists, shoulder pads, and bubble skirts have all come in, out, and back again. Designers, too, fall in and out of favor with editors…

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Blacks and Latinos in Florida Hit Hard by Recession, Where’s The Recovery?

by Guest Columnist on February 10 2010, 9:09AM

By Joseph Phelan Like every picture is worth a thousand words, every truth has a cost and the numbers never lie. In this economic crisis unemployment is hitting Black and Latino communities hard. But it isn’t just the numbers that…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

New Orleans Needs More Than a New Mayor

by Guest Columnist on February 8 2010, 9:39AM

Written by Jordan Flaherty In a city consumed by the Superbowl and Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans elected a new mayor last weekend. Mitch Landrieu, the state’s current Lieutenant Governor, won 65% of the vote - almost twice the total…

Topics: Katrina

Police Brutality Breeds Public Outrage After Pittsburgh Teen’s Beating

by Guest Columnist on February 1 2010, 12:30PM

By Matthew Newton This post originally appeared on true/slant. Take a look at the photos of Jordan Miles, the 18-year-old CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) high school student allegedly beaten by Pittsburgh Police on January 11, and it’s impossible to…

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Is Scott Brown an Immigration Moderate?

by Guest Columnist on January 26 2010, 12:14PM

Written by Patrick Young, Esq. CARECEN This post originally appeared at Long Island Wins. Since late Tuesday, I’ve been asked a dozen or more times “Is Scott Brown an immigration moderate in the mold of other Northeastern Republicans?”. Based on…

Topics: Immigration

What Does Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission Mean for Communities of Color?

by Guest Columnist on January 22 2010, 1:43PM

By Victor Goode Yesterday, the US Supreme Court drove a nail in the coffin of our ever shrinking democracy. In the case of Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission the court struck down several provisions of the campaign finance law…

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At Last! SCOTUS Finally Allows Corporations to Influence U.S. Politics

by Guest Columnist on January 21 2010, 3:20PM

By Juell Stewart In a move that’s sure to create such political offices as “Georgia’s Junior Senator, brought to you by Coca-Cola,” the New York Times reports that the Supreme Court has run roughshod over decades of federal campaign finance…

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Shocking New York Times Article Uncovers Efforts to Conceal Immigrant Deaths in Detention

by Guest Columnist on January 11 2010, 6:08PM

This post originally appeared at RestoreFairness.org A New York Times article has revealed scathing information about grave abuses of power by immigration officials desperate to conceal the deaths and mistreatment of immigrants in detention. This includes covering up evidence…

Topics: Immigration

The Weekly Diaspora: Real Immigration Reform in 2010

by Guest Columnist on January 7 2010, 1:09PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger “Is it ever ‘the right time’ to pass immigration reform and a path to legalization?” asks Maribel Hastings at New America Media. The short answer? Yes. Our national economic situation dictates that we are smart…

Topics: Immigration

Cops Accused of Covering up Luis Ramirez’s Murder Had History of Corruption

by Guest Columnist on January 6 2010, 1:38PM

By Patrick Young This post originally appeared at Long Island Wins. The killing of a Mexican immigrant by a group of young men in Shenandoah, Pa., has focused attention on corruption and racism in the declining coal town. Thomas O’Neill,…

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The Decade of Fear: A Radical Desi Meditation on The End of The Zeros

by Guest Columnist on January 5 2010, 6:45PM

By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha On the last day of the first decade, I stay home. There are parties across the bridge, but because I have spent five hours piloting a friend to a Stinson Beach visit in a 1992 Honda…

Topics: Immigration, National Security

Gone But Not Forgotten: Oakland Artists Remember Oscar Grant’s Murder, One Year Later

by Guest Columnist on January 1 2010, 4:39PM

Written by Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes This post was originally published on DignidadRebelde.com and Oakland Local. A year ago, early New Year’s Day in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police murdered unarmed, 22-year old,…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Crazed Kanye West and Naked Lady Gaga: Where Have We Seen This Before?

by Guest Columnist on December 23 2009, 12:32PM

By Matthew Newton This post was originally published on true/slant. Click thumbnail to enlarge. The question is rhetorical, I suppose. But my first thought when seeing this photo was that photographer David LaChapelle was attempting to deconstruct the longstanding cinematic/societal…

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Virgin Island Prisoners Who Won’t Cut Hair Held In Isolation In Virginia State Prisons

by Guest Columnist on December 22 2009, 3:11PM

By Rend Smith In the early part of this decade, a prisoner named Bradley Maxwell got into trouble for refusing a haircut. He was serving time at the Wallens Ridge State Prison in Virginia. He had been convicted of a…

Topics: Criminal Justice

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