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…

Topics: Politics

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…

Topics: Politics

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…

Topics: Politics

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…

Topics: Politics

A Chance to Rework Welfare-to-work

by Michelle Chen on July 31 2009, 11:05PM

A few months ago, we looked at the recession as a potential wake-up call for the political forces that brought us welfare reform during the Clinton Era. Now that epidemic levels of joblessness and homelessness are creeping into the…

Topics: Economy, Politics

DC Lobbyist Firm Abandons Truth Entirely, Forges NAACP Letters to Congressman

by Channing Kennedy on July 31 2009, 12:03PM

Question: Why would the NAACP come out against measures ensuring racial and gender equity in the green economy? Answer: They won’t. Just forge their name on something and call it a day, dude. At least that’s the solution reached…

Topics: Politics

Sikh Students Speak Out: “We Want Safe Schools Now!”

by Julianne Hing on July 8 2009, 1:35PM

I’m both excited and a little disheartened to share the latest news from the Sikh Coalition’s New York office. The community org released a new report with findings that show that one year into a 2008 resolution announced by New…

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth

WBAI in New York Interviews Terry Keleher on “Jump-Starting Racial Justice”

by Channing Kennedy on July 6 2009, 2:16PM

Terry Keleher, coordinator of the Applied Research Center’s Racial Justice Leadership Action Network and a blogger for RaceWire, was a guest this week on WBAI-New York’s ‘Talk Back!’ with host Hugh Hamilton. Terry discussed Racial Equity Impact Assessments and Truth…

Topics: Colorlines Press, Politics

Universal coverage, hidden exclusion

by Michelle Chen on July 1 2009, 9:10PM

In the increasingly ugly debate over “universal coverage,” various proposals are being bounced around among competing agendas. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a proposal recently floated in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee—currently…

Topics: Health, Politics

Stimulating equity

by Michelle Chen on June 25 2009, 4:22PM

As the recession rolls on, the federal stimulus package seems more and more like just a drop in the bucket, but even those limited resources are trickling down to an unlevel playing field. The National Black Chamber of Commerce…

Topics: Economy, Politics

GOP Racist Emailers Save Reputations with Snappy Apologies

by Channing Kennedy on June 15 2009, 4:50PM

When South Carolina GOP operative Mike Green was confronted with the above screenshot of his Twitter account, and asked if he had really ‘tweeted’ that, he answered “I don’t know. Let me give you a call back.” Nice save,…

Topics: Politics

San Quentin prison blues

by Michelle Chen on June 9 2009, 9:48PM

California’s most infamous prison may be shuttering its doors at last, and some may feel surprisingly troubled about its closure. The cash-strapped state is moving toward closing San Quentin—which houses more than 5,000 inmates, many of them on death…

Topics: Politics