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After 20 Years SXSW Finally Gets First Official Latino Event

After 20 Years SXSW Finally Gets First Official Latino Event

Throughout the history of South by Southwest Latinos have organized unofficial “meet ups” to convene but after twenty years Latinos finally got an official event at SXSW. The event called “The Social Revolución” also honored Latino visionaries using social media to create change.

“With so many inspiring Social Revolucionarios, we felt there was a need to honor our bright stars through the RevolucionarioAwards at SXSW’s first ever Latino Lounge,” Sebastian Puente, founder of Cultural Strategies who organized the event.

“Latinos tend to be much younger and open to adopting new technologies,” continued Puente. “They seamlessly represent two worlds and are constantly redefining what it means to be Latino as trendsetters and innovators.”

There’s An App for That: “I’m Getting Arrested” Alerts for Immigrants

Activists in Arizona are developing an app to help come to the aid of immigrants in the state who are living in a post-SB 1070 era. Far too often, even pre-SB 1070, immigrant rights activists heard complaints that after a traffic stop or arrest, family members would disappear into the black hole of immigration detention, where relatives and loved ones are notoriously difficult to locate. So innovators are trying to fix that.

ACLU Sues School that Outed Native Teen’s Pregnancy

ACLU Sues School that Outed Native Teen's Pregnancy

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Mexico filed a lawsuit last week behalf of Shantelle Hicks, 15, who was initially kicked out of middle school and then publicly humiliated at an assembly by the school director because she was pregnant.

“It was so embarrassing to have all the other kids staring at me as I walked into the gymnasium,” Hicks said in a statement released by the ACLU. “I didn’t want the whole school to know I was pregnant because it’s not their business, and it wasn’t right for my teachers to single me out.”

98 Major Advertisers Say No to Limbaugh and Other Right Wing Radio Shows

The statements that Rush Limbaugh made against Sandra Fluke are having an effect on the entire political radio industry. Afraid of potential controversies corporations are pulling out any show that could potentially be spark controversy.

Today’s Love: George Takei’s Happy Dance for Broadway-Bound Musical

Today's Love: George Takei's Happy Dance for Broadway-Bound Musical

George Takei — who, by the way, we love — is really excited to have raised over $150,000 in support of Allegiance, a Broadway-bound musical that’s focused on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. He’s so excited, in fact, that he did his happy dance on YouTube.



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Campaign Uses Homeless Katrina Survivor as Wi-Fi Hotspot at SXSW

Campaign Uses Homeless Katrina Survivor as Wi-Fi Hotspot at SXSW

Meet Clarence. He’s homeless and selling wi-fi outside of the bigguest internet innovation conference in the world but doesn’t have access to the internet himself. 

Clarence, who’s originally from New Orleans, LA., lost his house after Hurricane Katrina.


Colorlines.com & ColorOfChange.org Meetup in Austin for SXSW [Photos]

Greetings all the way from Austin!

On Sunday Colorlines.com and ColorOfChange.org hosted a meetup—a meet and greet of sorts—with readers, supporters and other journalists in Austin, Texas. We’re in town for the music and media conference South by Southwest (SXSW).

Co-hosting the meetup with me was Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, the nation’s largest African-American online civil rights organization.

SXSW is all about new, innovative technology, music and film and I’ll bringing you updates throughout the week from Austin.

Mr. Robinson and I thank everyone who stopped by the meetup and we are especially grateful for Sabrina Roach, Brown Paper Tickets Radio and New Media Doer extraordinaire who hosted us.

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(L to R: Quentin James, National Director for the Sierra Student Coalition, the youth arm of the Sierra Club; Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org; Jay Smooth, Illdoctrine.com. Robinson is a board member at the Applied Research Center, Colorlines’ publisher.

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(L to R: Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Feministing.com and author of “Outdated”; Erica Williams, Senior Strategist at Citizen Engagement Laboratory; Jorge Rivas, pop culture blogger at Colorlines.com.

National Coming Out of the Shadows Week is Almost Here

National Coming Out of the Shadows Week is Almost Here

Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Coming Out of the Shadows Week. That’s when undocumented young folks will publicly talk about their immigration status in an effort to increase awareness of the issues challenges facing people without papers. For more information, check out the New York State Youth Leadership Council.

Marco Rubio Meets Miami DREAMer, Still Opposes DREAM Act

This week the Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio invited Daniela Palaez, a Miami high school valedictorian who’s quickly become a national face for the DREAM Act, to Washington D.C., and later said he still opposes the DREAM Act. Palaez and her sister Dayana were facing removal to Colombia, but won a two-year reprieve on their deportation order after their principal, local superintendent, thousands of fellow students, as well as Florida lawmakers from both parties lobbied to keep them in the country.

White House Emails Detail Its Role in Pushing Out Shirley Sherrod

Speaking of Andrew Breitbart smearing important black people, Associated Press reports today on 2,000 pages of Obama administration emails over the Shirley Sherrod debacle. According to AP, the emails show the White House engaged significantly with Agriculture Department officials’ discussion over whether and how to push Sherrod out. The White House says that the emails merely confirm what it has already acknowledged—that officials were aware of the discussion but did not order Agriculture to fire her.

March for Justice in Selma Takes on Alabama’s Immigration Law

March for Justice in Selma Takes on Alabama's Immigration Law

Protesters in Selma, Alabama who are fed up with the state’s heavy handed approach to voter ID legislation and immigration reform are today finishing a week-long march meant to bring attention to the two issues.

The march was organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to help commemorate the 47th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”, an iconic moment in the history of the civil rights movement where hundreds of protesters were beaten by state and local police. The incident is arguably remembered as the emotional peak of the civil rights movement.

Bloomberg Basically Admits NYPD Spied on Muslims For No Reason Other Than Religion

The New York Police Department has spied on Muslim New Yorkers for no other reason than that they are Muslim, according to documents released today by the Associated Press. The story is the latest in the AP’s ongoing investigation of the NYPD’s program to target and surveil Muslims in the Northeastern United States and provides the clearest evidence to date that the police are engaged in systematic and official practices of racial and ethnic profiling.

Artist on Anti-Woman Attacks: ‘Politicians Off My Poontang!’

Artist on Anti-Woman Attacks: 'Politicians Off My Poontang!'

If you’re a woman, or a person who just happens to respect women, you’ve got plenty reason to be angry these days.

Artist Favianna Rodriguez, fed up with the misogyny taking over the airwaves and filling statehouses, created a series of posters that say exactly what many of us have been feeling for a very long time. As she wrote on her blog, “Everywhere you turn, the right wing is attempting to further limit and hinder our access to our reproductive rights through anti-contraceptive measures.”

Reality Returns: Huge Black Job Gains Disappear in February Report

Reality Returns: Huge Black Job Gains Disappear in February Report

The sudden, sharp drop in black unemployment that set economists buzzing in January appears to have in fact been so much statistical noise. The February 2012 job numbers are out and black unemployment went right back up, to 14.1 percent (roughly double that of white unemployment, a disparity that has held for decades).

Two More Provisions of Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant HB 56 Blocked

Two More Provisions of Alabama's Anti-Immigrant HB 56 Blocked

Piece by piece, courts are stopping Alabama’s harshest in the nation law. On Thursday the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals blocked two more provisions of Alabama’s HB 56 from being enforced while courts decide the constitutionality of the law.

The federal appeals court ruled that Alabama may not enforce Sections 27 and 30 HB 56, which restricted undocumented immigrants’ business transactions with public entities and made any contract an undocumented immigrant entered into unenforceable. Both of these provisions have severe impacts on Alabama residents’ everyday lives. People in Alabama reported having their water shut off for weeks at a time because they could not provide adequate identification.

Derrick Bell Showed Love and Sacrifice For His Black Female Colleagues

Derrick Bell Showed Love and Sacrifice For His Black Female Colleagues

Legendary legal scholar Derrick Bell has been back in the news again. From the grave, conservative activist Andrew Breitbart targeted the late academic’s association with President Obama because of his pioneering work in the field of critical race studies. It’s an ultimately sad stunt, considering Bell’s decades of work to untangle the messy conversations about race in America.

Ugandan Responds to Kony Campaign: ‘You Shouldn’t Be Telling My Story’

Ugandan Responds to Kony Campaign: 'You Shouldn't Be Telling My Story'

Ugandan journalist Rosebell Kagumire isn’t very impressed with the Kony 2012 video that’s gone viral this week. “It simplifies the story of millions of people in northern Uganda and makes out a narrative that is often hard about Africa, about how hopeless people are in times of conflict.”

This article has been updated since publication.

TAGS: Kony 2012

‘Nutella Face Paint’ That’s What MTV Calls Blackface Incident on ‘Battle of the Exes’ [Video]

 'Nutella Face Paint' That's What MTV Calls Blackface Incident on 'Battle of the Exes' [Video]

On Wednesday night’s episode of the MTV reality challenge show “Battle Of The Exes” the last black contestant almost went home not because he lost a challenge but because his own teammate/ex-girlfriend mocked him with “one of the most offensive pranks” in MTV Challenge history. “The Challenge: Battle of the Exes,” an offshoot from the reality series “The Real World” that puts former MTV reality TV show participants up against each other in grueling physical challenges.

In last night’s episode a Southern “sheltered” white contestant named Emily decided to mock her African American ex-boyfriend Ty by dressing up in his clothes and covering her face in Nutella… aka blackface.

TAGS: Blackface MTV TV

The Kony 2012 Campaign May Inspire, But It’s Got Problems


The Kony 2012 campaign has now gone viral in its attempt to bring international attention to the horrendous crimes of Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony. But Jezebel warns that the non-profit that’s behind the film, Invisible Children, has a somewhat shady past of its own. Here’s more from Jezebel, which notes that if you really want to donate money to Uganda, there are more direct ways to do it. (For the record, Invisible Children responded to Jezebel here.)

TAGS: Kony 2012

As Election 2012 Nears, Hate Groups at Record High

IR145_cover_e.jpgThe American radical right grew “explosively” in 2011 according to a report issued Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The rise of hate groups is believed to be fueled by antagonism toward President Obama, resentment toward changing racial demographics and the slumped economy.

“The dramatic expansion of the radical right is the result of our country’s changing racial demographics, the increased pace of globalization, and our economic woes,” Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC and editor of the new report, said in a statement.

“For many extremists, President Obama is the new symbol of all that’s wrong with the country - the Kenyan president, the secret Muslim who is causing our country’s decline,” Potok said. “The election season’s overheated political rhetoric is adding fuel to the fire. The more polarized the political scene, the more people at the extremes,” Potok went on to say.

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