Megan Izen

Megan Izen
Megan Izen Megan received her degree in Women's and Gender Studies and Mathematics from Sonoma State University in 2005. Megan was the Editorial Assistant for ColorLines Magazine and the Program Coordinator for Mamas & Papas, an LGBT family discussion group in San Francisco, CA. Her writing has been published by ColorLines, RaceWire, and New America Media.

Obama Death Threaths Up 400% From Former Presidents

by Megan Izen on September 9 2009, 12:04PM

A few weeks ago, my 82-year-old grandma expressed her dismay at Glenn Beck’s racist attacks against the President and asked me ‘What’s happening to this country?’ Since then we’ve watched in horror as Beck went on a crusade against…


Sexposed: Olympic Double Standards for Black Women

by Megan Izen on August 21 2009, 11:27AM

Sex and gender have been making headlines. Last month on a flight to California, I saw a segment of Larry King Live discussing trans issues with Alexis Arquette, sister to the well-known Patricia and David, and Isis, former contestant…

Topics: Sports

Danny Glover joins ‘Accidental American’ authors in New Orleans talk on immigration [VIDEO]

by Megan Izen on March 12 2009, 2:00PM

RSVP: Compact for Racial Justice Race and Immigration forum call Last week I made my first trip to New Orleans for The Accidental American reception with Danny Glover, Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh. I’ve read and heard so many stories…

Topics: Immigration, The Compact

Rinku Sen on the Racial Dialogue in US

by Megan Izen on March 3 2009, 11:33AM

ARC’s Rinku Sen weighs in on the country’s racial dialogue with an Obama administration from the Washington Post. Top Officials Expand The Dialogue on Race Month’s Celebrations Evoke a Mix of Views By Krissah Thompson When the country’s racial chasms…


Internment in America

by Megan Izen on February 11 2009, 12:06PM

I want to thank Joe Arpaio. He puts the proper face on sadistic anti-immigrant groups across the country. The Maricopa County Sheriff has brought the issue of immigration and inhumane detention centers to the forefront. Placing over two-hundred immigrant…

Topics: Immigration

Immigration Detention Reform Moves to Front Burner

by Megan Izen on February 2 2009, 1:33PM

By Roberto Lovato Originally posted to New America Media Guantanamo Bay isn’t the only prison crisis that President Barack Obama will have to deal with. There’s another crisis growing - in the many immigration detention centers carpeting the interior…

Topics: Immigration

Yes We Can! Stop the Raids!

by Megan Izen on January 28 2009, 8:36AM

One week ago, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) organized over a thousand immigrant rights supporters to march and rally in Washington, DC on Obama’s first day in office. Marchers gathered at L’Enfant Plaza and proceeded to ICE headquarters where…

Topics: Immigration

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

by Megan Izen on January 23 2009, 2:17PM

Via To all those who say we have reached a post-racial era……


Reasons to Watch the Academy Awards

by Megan Izen on January 22 2009, 1:07PM

The Garden A few years back, my favorite documentary of the year (Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple) didn’t made the shortlist for best documentary but was cut in the end (it was robbed, in my humble…


Immigrants March for Reform in DC

by Megan Izen on January 21 2009, 11:14AM

Over a thousand people are gathered in DC, a day after inaugurating our new president, to demand A New Day for Immigration. Led by Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), immigrants are marching to demand an end to the raids…

Topics: Immigration

Napolitano: Friend or Foe?

by Megan Izen on January 15 2009, 9:16AM

With the appointment of several key folks to Obama’s inner circle and his meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, immigration is making a comeback. Last week, immigrant rights advocates in both faith and labor communities were hopeful about the…

Topics: Immigration

Listen to Rinku Sen Live on KSFR Radio Tonight

by Megan Izen on January 14 2009, 2:55PM

Tune in tonight at 7:40PM EST to hear Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh live at They’ll be talking about their book, The Accidental American, with Diego Mulligan, host of The Journey Home….


Turning Back the Clocks on Racial Justice

by Megan Izen on January 9 2009, 2:38PM

There’s certainly something in the air making crazy things happen. Yesterday, Mukasey stripped immigrants of their right to counsel and due process. Today, the Supreme Court has ruled to reevaluate whether the 1965 Voting Rights Acts is necessary to…


On a Toxic Flight

by Megan Izen on December 10 2008, 2:44PM

Buried deep in the Health Tips section of South African Airways website is a small notice from the World Health Organization that requires them to disinsect the cabin of certain aircraft. They don’t tell you this when you buy…

Topics: Health

Romney: Don’t Bailout Detroit

by Megan Izen on November 19 2008, 8:10AM

I’m not going to pretend that I have a full understanding of the bailout plan the auto industry requested from Congress yesterday. I haven’t read enough yet. That said, I was disturbed by Mitt Romney’s Op Ed in the…

Topics: Economy

Lessons From Prop 8

by Megan Izen on November 12 2008, 2:14PM

Seems like everyone has been weighing in across the country on the passage of Proposition 8 in California. Out of that has grown a disturbing trend to blame Black voters who came out in support of Obama for the anti-gay…


Voting in Brooklyn, NY

by Megan Izen on November 4 2008, 8:11AM

PS 10 polling place was relatively quiet today compared to PS 9 across Park Slope where hundreds of people lined up early this morning to vote. More than 10 districts were represented at the Brooklyn school which created some…


When Will It End?

by Megan Izen on August 27 2008, 5:03PM

After ending its self-deportation last week, ICE outdid itself with the largest single-business raid in US history, beating its previous record set earlier this year in Pottsville, Iowa detaining nearly 600 people. I’m outraged, disgusted and saddened by the…

Topics: Immigration

Too Poor to Parent?

by Megan Izen on August 1 2008, 10:50AM

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. Too Poor to Parent? by Gaylynn Burroughs A child accidentally falls off his top bunk. His mother worries. The child says his knee hurts, and it looks like a bruise is forming…


A Little Racial Discrimination With Your Nightly News?

by Megan Izen on July 29 2008, 10:09AM

Last week we reported back to you from the protest of Fox News’ racist smears against the Obama’s and Black America. It seems only fitting that Media Matters released their gender and ethnic diversity study of the three…

Topics: Media

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