Victor Corral

Victor Corral

Bailout Plan Hits the Poor

by Victor Corral on May 6 2009, 12:00PM

Banks are using TARP funds to make predatory loans.


Cash is the New Black

by Victor Corral on February 10 2009, 12:00PM

Do you remember that time last October when we were all bombarded with images of downward-pointing line graphs and the sounds of Jim Cramer yelling “Crash! Crash! Crash!” as the engines of capitalism came to a halt? Like many of…

Topics: Arts & Culture

-2 trillion – 1 trillion = No Santa Claus This Year

by Victor Corral on October 10 2008, 1:07PM

This week, it was reported that in the past 15 months, the current financial crisis caused Americans to lose $2 trillion in their retirement plans. While there is a definite need to worry, we have to remember that markets recover…

Topics: Economy

Immigration Re(In)form

by Victor Corral on September 25 2008, 11:32AM

I love pictures. Okay, maybe that sounds too childish. How about, I love “infographics,” especially ones that explain complex issues and processes with simple, and even humorous illustrations. This latest one comes courtesy of the October issue of Reason…

Topics: Immigration

Cash Rules Everything Around Me…

by Victor Corral on August 29 2008, 10:32AM

Looks like I’ll have to cancel my subscription to Robb Report. The 2007 Census numbers for income and poverty dropped this week, and let me tell you, the numbers don’t look so hot. And according to some experts, they’re going…


Picture This.

by Victor Corral on August 29 2008, 8:30AM

So, a friend of mine got me hip to these illustrations that were done by a Chinese person raised in Germany. It’s surprising how simple such simple illustrations (when well done) can accurately depict cultural differences in a light…

Topics: Media

McCain “Plays the Race Card” by Accusing Obama of “Playing the Race Card”

by Victor Corral on August 1 2008, 3:08PM

I’m confused. Are we in an election, or in a scene from a 1970s made-for-TV movie in which a Black guy, a bitter old sailor, and Kenny Rogers are playing a high-stakes game of poker, but instead of betting…


Sex Without a Condom the New Engagement Ring?

by Victor Corral on July 30 2008, 11:05AM

The comment thread on NPR is blowin’ up! Listeners are ranting (and raving) about the new “What’s the New What” segment on NPR in which Pendarvis Harshaw, an Oakland teen at Youth Radio, discusses how for his generation, sex…

Topics: Health

Poll Finds a Racial Divide on Perceived Racial Divide

by Victor Corral on July 28 2008, 2:08PM

The folks over at Gallup continue to publish groundbreaking results when it comes to race relations among Americans. After their interns poured over the 1,812 interviews with white, brown, and black people, they came to the conclusion that Blacks…

Topics: Media

Hey UC President, Can We Get a Little of That?

by Victor Corral on July 16 2008, 11:11AM

Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times Just down the street from our Oakland office, University of California service employees who earn as little as $10 hour are protesting for living wages in front of the office of the…


Racial Profiling: Now as American as Apple Pie

by Victor Corral on July 3 2008, 12:57PM

“We don’t know what we don’t know. And the object is to cut down on that.” – anonymous FBI Official In case you’re having a hard time mustering up some patriotism this 4th of July, you know, because of…


Supreme Court and Aaliyah Agree: “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number”

by Victor Corral on June 19 2008, 12:50PM

Old people are cool. They use weird words like “moving pictures,” “haberdashery,” and “whippersnapper.” Well, today, these lovable codgers can add another word to their repertoire, “victory.” In a 7-1 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that in workplace age…


Immigration Prosecutions Hit Record Numbers

by Victor Corral on June 18 2008, 1:37PM

Today, Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) released a new report that showed that federal immigration prosecutions reached an all time high this past March. 9,350 defendants were prosecuted in March of 2008, two and a half times more…

Topics: Immigration

Welcome, Homeland Security High Class of 2014!

by Victor Corral on May 7 2008, 1:24PM

That’s the sign that a group of freshmen will see when they walk through the doors of the Delaware Academy for Public Safety and Security in Wilmington, Delaware on a fall day in 2010. As the brainchild of several…

Topics: Schools & Youth


by Victor Corral on April 7 2008, 12:37PM

So I’m back in Oakland from the Dream Reborn Conference in Memphis, and it’s taken me these past few days to process everything I’ve experienced. People of every color, race, and age filled the rooms of the convention center, bursting…


News Flash: U.S. Government Lies About Stuff

by Victor Corral on March 26 2008, 11:38AM

A week ago, the NY Times published a story that revealed just how serious the nation’s dropout crisis really is. The article reports that although states have historically obscured their graduation rates for fear of “embarrassment,” the gap between the…


For Lunch: ‘Downer’ Beef Stroganoff

by Victor Corral on February 28 2008, 10:50AM

Once again, industrial agriculture has shown its ugly face, this time, putting millions of kids at risk. Prompted by a disturbing video showing the abuse of “downer” cows (cows that cannot walk due to disease or injury) at Westland/Hallmark Meat…

Topics: Health

You’re Not What You Spend

by Victor Corral on February 18 2008, 11:38AM

With a recession on everyone’s mind, there’s been talk of enacting certain “protectionist measures” to soften its blow on the economy. Responding to this scuttlebutt, W. Michael Cox and Richard Alm, two Federal Reserve economists, wrote an op-ed in the…

Topics: Economy

New Rules Will Reduce Prison Population

by Victor Corral on November 7 2007, 1:33PM

On November 1, new guidelines for crack cocaine offenders went into effect that lowered the average sentence from 10 years and 1 month to 8 years and 10 months. This is the first change in 21 years to drug possession…


Rant and Rave: Racism Linked to Infant Mortality; O’Reilly finds Black People Order Tea Just Like Whites!

by Victor Corral on October 5 2007, 8:21AM

Rant: Racism Linked to Infant Mortality In a recent report, the CDC found that Black infants have a higher mortality rate than whites and Latinos, 13.5 compared to 5.7 deaths per 1,000 births. Researchers at The Joint Center for…