A NY Politician Speaks Subtly About Interracial Marriage

by Michelle Chen on October 21 2009, 9:08PM

Having won the Democratic primary, New York City Councilmember Bill de Blasio’s quest to become the city’s next public advocate is now all but certain to lead to victory. But his campaign—which has run “eye-catching” ads featuring his wife…

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Latinos Sue Modesto City, CA

by Leticia Miranda on October 20 2009, 9:00AM

Ah, Modesto –- the proud producers of the nation’s milk, almonds, chickens, cattle, and walnuts. This agro-business-rich city touted $2.5 billion in agricultural production two years ago. But in classic San Joaquin Valley agro-business style, it doesn’t look like…

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Another Take on Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

by Terry Keleher on October 9 2009, 1:32PM

Sometimes, I can be of two minds on the same subject, such as President Obama’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. On one hand, I can identify with the criticism and cynicism that the so-called leader of the free world…

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FBI to Muslim Man: Spy for Us or We’ll Deport You

by Leticia Miranda on October 7 2009, 1:00PM

Foad Farahi is just one of many people caught between the political crosscurrents of nationhood, xenophobia and the Bush-led “war on terror.” He came here on a student visa and when it expired, he sought political asylum from persecution…

Topics: Immigration, National Security, Politics

Congresswoman Hits Back with New ACORN Bill

by Guest Columnist on October 6 2009, 12:46PM

By Paul Blumenthal This post originally appeared on OpenCongress. A few weeks ago Congress passed the Defund ACORN Act (it was attached to another bill during a motion to recommit), a bill designed at defunding the beleaguered community organization. While…

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Die Quickly, You Tired, Poor, and Huddled Masses

by Tracy Kronzak on October 2 2009, 6:00AM

Congressman Alan Grayson rocked my little world this week. When I talked about fighting fire with fire last week, this is exactly what I meant. The Republicans want you to die quickly. Insurance companies want you to die quickly….

Topics: Health, Politics

ACORN is the New Dirty Word: Rinku Sen at New America Media

by Channing Kennedy on October 1 2009, 11:47AM

Check out ColorLines publisher Rinku Sen’s new op-ed at New America Media, in which she takes on the dangerous double standard behind the attacks on ACORN, and the consequences of not fighting back: The attack on ACORN isn’t about fighting…

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Bipartisanship Works Great (For Killing the Public Option)

by Channing Kennedy on September 29 2009, 1:53PM

“I voted bipartisanly! LOL” Earlier this morning, the Senate Finance Committee, headed by Sen. Max “Bipartisanship Over Public Good” Baucus (D-MT), voted down Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s (D-WV) relatively robust public option amendment to their version of the health care…

Topics: Health, Politics

Salvadoreños Get Organized

by Leticia Miranda on September 28 2009, 3:11PM

Last Week, about 150 leaders in Salvadoran communities across the United States met at the the First Salvadoran American Leadership Summit in Washington. The group planned to lobby Congress about a path towards citizenship for those in the community…

Topics: Immigration, Politics

Does Obama-Paterson Tension Mark the Limits of “Race Loyalty”?

by Michelle Chen on September 25 2009, 11:10PM

As if there weren’t enough to ridicule already about New York politics, Governor David Paterson and President Obama are reportedly caught in a standoff over Paterson’s potential candidacy in the 2010 governor’s race. Since Paterson was catapulted into the…

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In Health Insurance Debate, Who’s Covered?

by Michelle Chen on September 25 2009, 5:39PM

The media has circulating a haunting figure in recent days:45,000 deaths due to lack of health insurance—a grim marker of the depth of the country’s health care crisis. The statistic, from a new study by Harvard School of Medicine…

Topics: Health, Immigration, Politics

Immigration Lawyer of the Year: Joe Wilson

by Michelle Chen on September 15 2009, 9:47PM

Tuesday was Joe “You Lie” Wilson’s day of reckoning. Following his temper tantrum during Obama’s address on healthcare reform, the House, by a 240-179 vote, issued this stinging rebuke: Whereas on September 9, 2009, during the joint session of…

Topics: Health, Immigration, Politics

Glenn Beck’s Newest Victim: Yosi Sergant Steps Down at NEA

by Channing Kennedy on September 10 2009, 2:49PM

EDIT: Initial reports indicated that Sergant was asked to resign from the NEA. Update from the Huffington Post page quoted below: “The NEA has updated their statement to emphasize that Yosi Sargent remains with the agency, but in a…

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Glenn Beck Names his Next Targets

by Jorge Rivas on September 8 2009, 12:10PM

Glenn Beck has announced that Cass Sunstein, Mark Lloyd, and Carol Browner are his next targets and asked his followers to dig up all the dirt they can on them. Cass Sunstein heads the White House Office of Information…

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In Healthcare Debate, Dispelling the Myth of Real Change

by Michelle Chen on August 21 2009, 6:22PM

Against a tide of lies and vitriol, President Obama is working hard to dispel popular myths about healthcare reform. Chief among them is the crackpot idea that universal health care actually means health care for everyone. In a chat…

Topics: Health, Politics

Albany’s Latest Boondoggle: Racial Justice

by Michelle Chen on August 18 2009, 5:01PM

The New York Post—that paragon of journalistic excellence—ran an editorial today blasting the latest piece of pork to come out of Albany. Under the headline “Your Tax Dollars At Waste,” the paper took aim at a State Senate earmark…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics

Schwarzenegger’s Blockbuster Budget Cuts Terminate the Safety Net [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on August 13 2009, 9:37AM

When financial crisis hit, the California legislature didn’t raise taxes, end tax giveaways, or cut corporate welfare. Instead, they cut services to the people made most vulnerable by the recession — children, the elderly, the sick, victims of domestic…

Topics: Economy, Politics, Schools & Youth, Video & Multimedia

An Overdue Gesture: Birmingham Protesters Pardoned

by Michelle Chen on August 12 2009, 4:59PM

It’s about time. The Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama seeks to put a small stitch in wounds left over from the Civil Rights Movement, by issuing a blanket pardon to activists arrested during demonstrations, sit-ins and marches of the era….

Topics: History, Politics

Do Unto Others: the Moral Slope of Hate Crimes Laws

by Michelle Chen on August 4 2009, 10:07PM

Sometimes, it just feels good to punish someone. That emotional impetus has colored our criminal justice system, and some of the clearest examples are laws that enhance penalties for crimes deemed especially heinous. But the eye-for-an-eye mentality can also…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics

Young, Black, Gay and Running for Congress

by Guest Columnist on August 4 2009, 9:02AM

By Michael Arceneaux, Originally published @ The Grio Earlier this year, Sean Penn and Dustin Lance Black received Academy Awards honoring their work in the film Milk, which chronicled the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to…

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