Tram Nguyen

Tram Nguyen
Tram is the author of We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant Communities after 9/11 . She is former editor of ColorLines magazine and now works at the California Reinvestment Coalition.

As the Court Decides Health Reform, East Oakland Fights for the Basics

As the Court Decides Health Reform, East Oakland Fights for the Basics

by Tram Nguyen on May 22 2012, 9:21AM

Once home to good manufacturing jobs, East Oakland today is a microcosm of the structural components of racial health disparities. One community-led health project could be a model for the future.

Topics: Dispatches, Health

Pushed Out and Pushing Back in New Orleans

Pushed Out and Pushing Back in New Orleans

by Tram Nguyen on April 7 2010, 12:00PM

Housing crisis? Corporate giveaways? It’s already happened in the Big Easy. There, out of demolitions and displacement, has come a new demand: housing as human right.

Topics: Economy, Katrina Recovery

They Can’t Go Home Again

by Tram Nguyen on June 30 2009, 12:00PM

Former New Orleans residents are priced out of the city’s new housing market.

Topics: Hurricane Katrina

Growing Power

by Tram Nguyen on September 30 2008, 12:00PM

Will Allen, a 2008 Colorlines Magazine Innovator, was recently awarded the “genius grant” $500,000 as a 2008 MacArthur Fellow.


Who Gets to Attend College?

by Tram Nguyen on September 4 2008, 12:00PM

Blacks and Latinos are locked out, but prep classes may counter the racism of low expectations.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Ratner’s Work Connects Racial Justice and Civil Liberties

by Tram Nguyen on December 5 2007, 8:08AM

It may be baffling to some people why the American public hasn’t become outraged by the fact that our government conducts torture in our name, even in the wake of Abu Ghraib and the transformation of once-obscure terms like “rendition”…

Topics: Immigration

The War on Immigrants

by Tram Nguyen on November 8 2007, 2:23PM

Daisy’s post yesterday made me think about the war on terror and the national security state in relation to the immigration debate. All too often, I think we still have one conversation over here about “post-9/11 issues” and another one…


Honoring an Investigative Journalist

by Tram Nguyen on October 11 2007, 6:10PM

photo credit: Maynard Institute for Journalism Education This summer, on an August morning just a few blocks from the ColorLines office in downtown Oakland, Chauncey Bailey was shot to death as he walked to work. The first journalist murdered…


Bush and the “Boat People”

by Tram Nguyen on August 24 2007, 9:10AM

It seems like the disaster in Iraq has compelled Bush to play amateur historian again. Earlier in the war, he was fond of evoking WW II, comparing Saddam to Hitler and Iraq to the “axis of evil.” As comparisons to…


No Sanctuary: Elvira Arellano Deported Without Son

by Tram Nguyen on August 20 2007, 12:45PM

Elvira Arellano was deported to Mexico after seeking sanctuary in a church for a year. She leaves her eight year old son with friends, and promises to continue her fight for the rights of immigrant families. I met Elvira…

Topics: Immigration

Immigration bill buried; lessons and questions

by Tram Nguyen on June 28 2007, 12:05PM

Today the Senate bill died, after failing the cloture vote needed to cut off debate and move toward passage. This effectively means that immigration reform legislation is buried this year. Those of us watching the debate and working toward comprehensive…


A Disaster Waiting to Happen

by Tram Nguyen on June 1 2007, 9:50AM

An L.A. Times story yesterday reported the results of a poll that found only half of Angelenos would obey official orders to evacuate in the event of a terrorist attack. The Department of Health Services report, released this week, elaborates…

Topics: Katrina

Immigrant Rights: A Question of Strategy and Vision

by Tram Nguyen on May 30 2007, 3:15PM

This is a critical time in the Senate process for immigration reform legislation. Senators are hoping to move through crucial amendment votes this Monday, and to wrap up work on the bill by the end of next week. Especially now,…

Topics: Immigration

A Game of Monopoly

by Tram Nguyen on May 29 2007, 12:00PM

Black communities’ struggle to return to New Orleans has national significance for an overdue debate on urban inequality.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Hurricane Katrina

Insights from Angelina and a boy named Pax

by Tram Nguyen on April 2 2007, 3:51PM

Lately, I’ve been mesmerized by the newest Angelina Jolie adoption. Maybe it’s because I’ve been spending a lot of time in airports, in need of brain candy to get me through another flight. This latest adoption also hits close to…


Katrina All the Time

by Tram Nguyen on March 2 2007, 4:06PM

Last week, Bush took a tour through the Gulf Coast, making promises to move the recovery process along. His recovery czar, Don Powell, tried to do damage control for the Administration’s continuing PR problem with Katrina, emphasizing that this was…


REAL IDs for Immigrants; Fake Security For All

by Tram Nguyen on March 1 2007, 12:00PM

Can driver’s licenses and consular IDs hold the line for immigrant rights?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Q & A - Elvira Arellano

by Tram Nguyen on January 29 2007, 12:00PM

A 31-year-old single mother and undocumented immigrant, Arellano took sanctuary and became a lightning rod for a debate over the rights of immigrant families.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Elvira Arellano - INNOVATOR

by Tram Nguyen on January 15 2007, 12:00PM

Arellano has firmly asserted the reality of undocumented families and their 4 million U.S.-born children into the immigration debate.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

ColorLines testifies at FCC

by Tram Nguyen on November 15 2006, 12:00PM

ColorLines executive editor Tram Nguyen explains the importance of diversifying media ownership.

Topics: Arts & Culture

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