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Rinku Sen

Rinku Sen
Rinku Sen Publisher
New York, NY

Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and Publisher of Colorlines.com.

A leading figure in the racial justice movement for the last twenty years, Rinku has positioned ARC as the movement's national home for media, research and activism. She has extensive practical experience on the ground, with expertise in race, feminism, immigration, economic justice, philanthropy and community organizing. Over the course of her career, Rinku has woven together journalism and organizing to further social change.

Rinku is the Vice Chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and is a Boardmember of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. She is the Chair of the Media Consortium and sits on the boards for Restaurant Opportunities Center-United and Working America. Additionally, she is a Prime Movers fellow through the Hunt Alternatives Fund.

Rinku is a highly sought-after speaker on a broad range of racial justice topics. She is the author of The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization and Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing. Rinku has regular columns at Colorlines, the Huffington Post, and Jack and Jill Politics. Additionally, her commentary and work has been featured in Forbes, The San Francisco Chronicle, Market Watch, International Business Times, TomPaine.com, AlterNet, Racialicious, The Root, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, and the Windy City Times, among other media outlets.

Read Rinku's full bio.

Rinku tweets at @RinkuWrites.

Rinku Sen: What Mandela Taught Us

Rinku Sen: What Mandela Taught Us

by Rinku Sen on December 6 2013, 2:21PM

He showed us how to fail epically, fail justly, fail lovingly, so that, in time, we can succeed.

Topics: Mandela's Legacy, Movement

10 Racial Justice Wins For 2013 Play

10 Racial Justice Wins For 2013

by Rinku Sen on December 5 2013, 7:00AM

This has been a big year for the movement. Race Forward’s Rinku Sen brings us through the highlights.

Topics: Politics, Race Forward, Movement

The Case for Putting Race Forward

The Case for Putting Race Forward

by Rinku Sen on November 6 2013, 7:30AM

We can’t solve a problem no one’s willing to name.

Topics: Race Forward, Movement

My March on Washington, in Tweets

My March on Washington, in Tweets

by Rinku Sen on August 26 2013, 9:04AM

Rinku Sen covered the massive event—and all the voices there—140 characters at a time.

Topics: March on Washington, Movement

Building a New Racial Justice Movement

Building a New Racial Justice Movement

by Rinku Sen on August 20 2013, 8:22AM

Creating a multiracial movement for justice requires more than slapping the word “new” in front of “civil rights movement.”

Topics: March on Washington, Politics, Movement

Stop and Frisk, South Asians and Kal Penn's Tweets

Stop and Frisk, South Asians and Kal Penn’s Tweets

by Rinku Sen, Deepa Iyer on August 16 2013, 3:26PM

South Asian leaders oppose stop and frisk, and Kal Penn agrees.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Movement, Stop and Frisk

Rinku Sen: The Racist Mind

Rinku Sen: The Racist Mind

by Rinku Sen on July 31 2013, 12:30PM

The huge gulf in white and black understanding of George Zimmerman’s verdict raises tough questions about the relationship between explicit racism, unconscious bias, policymaking and culture.

Topics: Movement, Trayvon Martin

Novelist A.X. Ahmad's New Thriller

Novelist A.X. Ahmad’s New Thriller

by Rinku Sen on May 31 2013, 8:21AM

His new novel features an undocumented Sikh immigrant caught in a political thriller.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration, Movement

How We Can Break the Cycle of Pain From Mass Violence

How We Can Break the Cycle of Pain From Mass Violence

by Rinku Sen on April 16 2013, 10:17AM

Care for those hurt. Care for those who will be accused. And care for ourselves. That’s how we’ll grow together, rather than tear apart.

Topics: Boston Bombing, Coping With Terror, National Security, Movement

Why the AP's Choice to Drop the I-Word Is a Crucial Victory

Why the AP’s Choice to Drop the I-Word Is a Crucial Victory

by Rinku Sen on April 3 2013, 8:29AM

Because the deliberately divisive and willfully inaccurate term has stood in the way of real discussion for too long.

Topics: Media, Movement

Going Behind the Kitchen Door to Inspire A Different Kind of Foodie

Going Behind the Kitchen Door to Inspire A Different Kind of Foodie

by Rinku Sen on February 11 2013, 9:31AM

If you love food, and if you love people, Saru Jayaraman’s new book new book wants you to help ensure the sustainability of both by taking a look into restaurant workers’ lives.

Topics: How We Eat, Movement

Dear President Obama, Stop Deporting People. Thanks.

Dear President Obama, Stop Deporting People. Thanks.

by Rinku Sen on November 21 2012, 9:44AM

Rinku Sen’s holiday homework: Join a letter writing campaign to interrupt the president’s record-setting pace of deportation.

Topics: Immigration, Movement

Rinku Sen: We Are the Majority and We Demand Justice Play

Rinku Sen: We Are the Majority and We Demand Justice

by Rinku Sen on November 19 2012, 9:50AM

Sen’s opening speech at Colorlines’ gathering of 1,400 racial justice change makers set the tone for a conversation that stirred so strongly it became a trending topic on Twitter.

Topics: Facing Race 2012, Politics, Movement

A People of Color Majority Alters Politics. Movements Change the World

A People of Color Majority Alters Politics. Movements Change the World

by Rinku Sen on November 7 2012, 9:32AM

Politicians, and everyday Americans too, do great things when movements make it impossible to do anything else.

Topics: 2012 Election, Politics, Movement, Second Term

José Antonio Vargas: 'You Know Someone Undocumented'

José Antonio Vargas: ‘You Know Someone Undocumented’

by Rinku Sen on October 24 2012, 9:00AM

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who’s become one of the nation’s most high profile immigration reform advocates talks to Rinku Sen about his journey.

Topics: Facing Race 2012, Immigration

The Difference Between Equity and Binders Full of Anybody

The Difference Between Equity and Binders Full of Anybody

by Rinku Sen on October 18 2012, 9:35AM

This week’s presidential debate highlighted the fact that there’s a distinctive difference between getting invited to the party and actually having fun.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Gender & Sexuality, Movement

Help Us Celebrate as the Applied Research Center Turns 30

Help Us Celebrate as the Applied Research Center Turns 30

by Rinku Sen on September 18 2012, 9:53AM

In a world that had gone colorblind in the post-Civil Rights era, ARC’s focus on communities of color was anathema to some, and savior to many. Come join us as we celebrate three decades of hard work.

Topics: Facing Race 2012, Movement

Immigrants Are Losing the Policy Fight. But That's Beside the Point

Immigrants Are Losing the Policy Fight. But That’s Beside the Point

by Rinku Sen on September 17 2012, 9:50AM

When reform advocates begin to win a profoundly racialized cultural fight over the nation’s identity, our politics will follow.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, Politics, Movement

You Gotta Work the Culture If You Wanna Change the Politics

You Gotta Work the Culture If You Wanna Change the Politics

by Rinku Sen on August 14 2012, 8:32AM

Rinku Sen profiles several artists and cultural organizers who’s work you can check out this summer—and at our Facing Race conference in November.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2012, Politics, Movement

Laughter Can Make a Movement Go Around, Too

Laughter Can Make a Movement Go Around, Too

by Rinku Sen on August 8 2012, 8:48AM

So watch Kamau Bell’s new FX show, “Totally Biased,” as it premiers tomorrow night.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Movement

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