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Back to the Future? Southwest Border Czar to Make a Comeback in the Obama Administration?

by Guest Columnist on April 15 2009, 1:26PM

by Kevin R. Johnson originally posted at ImmigrationProf Blog. The L.A. Times reports for ominous news for those interested in improvement in U.S./Mexico border enforcement policies in the Obama Administration: A former U.S. attorney who oversaw a crackdown on illegal…

Topics: Immigration

Tough Times Are Nothing New for Communities of Color

by Guest Columnist on April 14 2009, 11:00AM

by Jose Garcia (Editor’s Note: Jose, who is the Associate Director of Research and Policy at Demos, will be one of the featured speakers on today’s Compact Forum Call at 1pm PST/4pm EST. RSVP by clicking here.) via Demos The…

Topics: Economy, The Compact

Racial Privilege on Full Display in NY Times’s “Why We Travel”

by Guest Columnist on April 10 2009, 11:00AM

Click to enlarge. by Ian Lovett The New York Times Travel section’s most recent slide show, “Why We Travel,” adds 13 new slides and captions to last year’s slide show of the same name. Unfortunately, “Why We Travel” conveys…

Topics: Media

4 Things You Can Do Right Now for Immigration Reform

by Guest Columnist on April 10 2009, 8:40AM

Spring is in the air and The White House is feeling good. According to Senior Administration Officials, President Obama plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for undocumented immigrants to become legal….

Topics: Immigration

Singh: Reclaiming My Roots, And My Name

by Guest Columnist on April 10 2009, 7:00AM

photo credit: Amy Touchette by Sonny Singh (Editor’s Note: We received this submission from Sonny, a RaceWire contributor, just in time for Vaisakhi, which is being celebrated this year on April 14.) My whole life Singh has been my…


Oakland’s Young People Respond [VIDEO]

by Guest Columnist on April 2 2009, 10:58AM

by Nick James, Charles McDonald This past November Oakland voters approved a measure that would increase funding to after school programs and services, overwhelmingly supporting youth of color. Unfortunately, after the election some members of the council passed a…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth

¡Si se puede en Arizona!

by Guest Columnist on April 2 2009, 10:37AM

by Valeria Fernández Santa Rita Hall, a tiny rectangular building tucked away in the heart of a Phoenix barrio, has come alive again. The place where Cesar Chavez started his three- week hunger strike on May 11, 1972, against inhumane…

Topics: Immigration

Writing the Next Chapter on Race

by Guest Columnist on March 31 2009, 1:50PM

By Judith Browne-Dianis, Co-Director Advancement Project For several months, the media has been pushing the fairy tale that the United States moved beyond racism with the election of President Obama. As untrue as that is, there are people who started…


Gay Is The New Black? Heck, no! Is The President White!?

by Guest Columnist on March 31 2009, 9:56AM

by Ron Buckmire, Bayard Rustin Project As one of the 18,000 couples who were married while the practice was legal last summer and one of the leaders of the only Black LGBT political advocacy organization in Los Angeles County,…


What Tuesday’s Robbery of Oakland Tech Students Says About the City [Op-Ed]

by Guest Columnist on March 31 2009, 5:58AM

Does Anybody Care? What Tuesday’s Robbery of Oakland Tech Students Says About the City by Nick James & Charles McDonald Editor’s Note: The events discussed below took place on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009. Imagine being an Oakland youth traveling miles…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Facing Race in Oakland After Tragedy

by Guest Columnist on March 24 2009, 10:57AM

by gcolumnists Charles McDonald and Nick James Wake up, America! Conflict between Oakland’s Black community and law enforcement officials were NOT born yesterday. Hot headed tensions between our community and law enforcement officials predate the 1968 murder of Little…


The Racial Impact of RIFs

by Guest Columnist on March 23 2009, 11:26AM

by Thomas Morse (This post originally appeared on The Teacher Lounge.) Lost in the outcries over the state budget and the painful cuts to our schools is the racial impact of those cuts. If the youngest teachers in California are…

Topics: Schools & Youth

After Budget Cuts, Oakland’s Youth Fight Over the Scraps

by Guest Columnist on March 19 2009, 11:02AM

by Ryan Takemiya Over 100 people filled Oakland’s City Hall Tuesday night. Earlier this week, the Oakland City Council met to decide whether to repeal or amend Measure OO, a local bill passed in November that set aside money for…


Dispatches from Phoenix: “287(g)+Arpaio=Terror”

by Guest Columnist on March 12 2009, 1:12PM

by Valéria Fernandez (photos by Valéria Fernandez) Local activists and community groups in Arizona applauded the Department of Justice’s decision to start an investigation on the use of immigration powers by the Office of the Sheriff of Maricopa County (MCSO)….

Topics: Immigration

Protections of Voting Rights Act Narrowing

by Guest Columnist on March 11 2009, 2:34PM

by Esmeralda Simmons, founder and executive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice In a five to four decision on March 9th, the Supreme Court narrowed the protections of Voting Rights Act, holding that Section 2 does not…


Dispatches from Phoenix: Borderline Laws

by Guest Columnist on March 11 2009, 12:44PM

by Valéria Fernandez (click to enlarge DOJ letter to Arpaio, sent 03/10/09) It’s really good news that the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a long overdue investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s use of immigration powers. In a letter…

Topics: Immigration

Recruitment Alone Not Enough to Get Kids to College

by Guest Columnist on March 10 2009, 1:46PM

by Viany Orozco (This post originally appeared on the Demos blog) (photo by Elaine Faith) A recent report analyzing the racial and income diversity of the student body at Sonoma State University (SSU) in California found that SSU, “has recently…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Dispatches from Phoenix: Terror in Maricopa

by Guest Columnist on March 5 2009, 4:09PM

by Valeria Fernandez (photo courtesy of Valeria Fernandez) It took guts to march on the streets of Phoenix this past Saturday. But that didn’t prevent the Zazueta family from joining a national call to put a stop on a federal…

Topics: Immigration

Afraid of What Tomorrow Brings

by Guest Columnist on March 3 2009, 6:00AM

This entry is brought to you by Washington CAN, guest on today’s Race & Health Conference Call, part of the bi-weekly Compact for Racial Justice Phone Forum. Written by: Amal Abdulrahman For eight years, I was the interpreter for my…

Topics: Health

Obama’s Durban II Boycott & The Perils of a “Post-Racial” Planet

by Guest Columnist on March 2 2009, 2:24PM

by Roberto Lovato This post orignally appeared on Of America. At a time when racial conflict and discrimination are on the rise around the world, the Administration of the world’s first Black U.S. president will not be attending the world’s…