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Model Minority? No, Thanks [Op-ed]

by Guest Columnist on February 26 2009, 1:59PM

A Response to February 24th Forbes.com Commentary on Indian Americans: The New Model Minority by Deepa Iyer In his February 24th commentary, Jason Richwine presents the “revelation” that Indian American immigrants are the “new model minority” (see “Indian Americans: The…

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Does An Overweight Barbie Really Help Latinas Get Healthy?

by Guest Columnist on February 25 2009, 10:22AM

by Nina Jacinto This post originally appeared on WireTap. A new campaign by Latinworks, a Texas-based marketing agency that claims to “effectively and efficiently” target the Latino market through advertising, has created a campaign for ACTIVE life that warns against…

Topics: Media

Another Take on the Holder Situation

by Guest Columnist on February 23 2009, 2:48PM

by Andrew Grant-Thomas A lot has already been written about Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent race speech. The media coverage has invariably led with his suggestion that “in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too…

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College Acceptance Rates Rise in Unlikely School Setting

by Guest Columnist on February 20 2009, 2:43PM

By Jamilah King This post originally appeared on WireTap. Excellent news in San Francisco. June Jordan High School for Equity, a relatively new alternative public school in the city’s Excelsior district, has one of the highest college acceptance rates in…

Topics: Schools & Youth

The Opportunities of Our Economic Crisis

by Guest Columnist on February 17 2009, 11:37AM

by Steven Pitts Center for Labor Research and Education Institute for Research on Labor and Employment http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu Congress just passed the much needed stimulus plan. It was very much an imperfect plan: too many tax cuts, too small as an…

Topics: Economy

ROC-U Calls on Congress to Increase Tipped Workers’ Wages

by Guest Columnist on February 13 2009, 2:16PM

by Miguel de la Fuente On the eve of Valentine’s Day, organizers from Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-U) called meetings with Congress representatives to address the need for an increase in the minimum wage for restaurant workers nationwide. While many…

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Hampshire College first U.S. university to divest from Israeli occupation

by Guest Columnist on February 13 2009, 9:58AM

by Joyce Choi Won Li A professor told me once that power never likes to admit that it’s been forced to change. The grassroots efforts of organizing and activist groups have always had to take a proactive, defensive role in…

Topics: Global Affairs

Who’s Hurting Now?

by Guest Columnist on February 4 2009, 11:59AM

By Francis Calpotura, Founder & Director, Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (TIGRA) Recently, we’ve seen a few articles about the impact of the economic crisis on the amount of money that our families send back home. It…

Topics: Economy

LGBTQ Groups of Color Work to Build Bridges

by Guest Columnist on January 29 2009, 1:07PM

By Ellen Gurzinsky Program Director, Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues Tammy’s video is right on. One of the lessons we learned from the defeat of the No on 8 campaign is that we need to build strong, authentic relationships…

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The Real Scoop on Remittances During the Recession

by Guest Columnist on January 29 2009, 9:30AM

By Francis Calpotura Founder & Director, Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (TIGRA) WHO IS HURTING WITH THE DOWNTURN? There’s been many articles recently about the impact of the economic crisis on the amount of money that our families…

Topics: Economy

B.I.G. Up, One Tip

by Guest Columnist on January 28 2009, 8:54AM

by Aarti Shahani I just saw the biopic on the life and death of Notorious BIG, prince of hip hop. It was brilliant and beautiful, comedy and tragedy, with wise cracks and wisdom rolled into an instructive tribute to a…

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Indexing Race in the US at the Dawn of the “Age of Obama”

by Guest Columnist on January 27 2009, 9:59AM

Andrew Grant-Thomas Deputy Director Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Date on which Ireland’s largest bookmaker started paying off bets on Barack Obama as the next president of the United States: October 16, 2008. Percentage of South…

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Immigration Reform Debate Must Regain a Moral Compass

by Guest Columnist on January 15 2009, 8:48AM

Immigration Reform Debate Must Regain a Moral Compass New America Media By Roberto Lovato NEW YORK—The buzz filling Blackberrys, busy halls and spacious deal-making rooms in Washington appears to signal that spring arrived early this year for immigrants. In the…

Topics: Immigration

Sikh Solidarity with Palestine

by Guest Columnist on January 13 2009, 8:42AM

Thanks to Sonny Singh Suchdev for this After two weeks of relentless attacks and an ongoing siege, the results are sobering: over 880 people dead, 30% of whom are children, and more than 4000 injured; hospitals, schools, universities, local markets,…

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Asians Demand Justice for Oscar Grant

by Guest Columnist on January 12 2009, 6:51AM

The Asian American Community Demands Justice for Oscar Grant By Ryan Takemiya Monday, January 12, 2009 In light of the New Years Day murder of Oscar Grant it has become clear that we in the Asian American community can no…

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Bobby Jindal is No Reformer

by Guest Columnist on December 17 2008, 10:39AM

Editor’s note: As Bobby Jindal tries to create a national image, to possibly run for president in 2012, the Louisiana justice system remains in shambles when it comes to serving Black people and protecting our basic rights. Denouncing the…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Race and labor intersect in the economic crisis

by Guest Columnist on December 17 2008, 8:27AM

By mchen When the negotiations over the auto bailout sputtered to a halt last week, deep fault lines in country’s workforce were laid bare. The most obvious rift was between white and blue collars: Washington has seized virtually every…

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Obama Considers Another Centrist Dem for Interior Secretary

by Guest Columnist on December 15 2008, 10:20AM

Obama Considering Appointment of Centrist Dem & Alberto Gonzalez Supporter as Interior Secretary By Roberto Lovato This article in the Denver Post (DP) indicates that President-elect Obama is preparing to announce the appointment of Colorado Senator Ken Salazar as…

Topics: Politics

The Recession is Official… Sorta

by Guest Columnist on December 11 2008, 2:24PM

It’s Official…Sorta By Amaad Rivera, United for a Fair Economy For the first time in nearly a year, despite the obvious deteriorating economic situation for the majority of people in this country, we have received confirmation that we are…

Topics: Economy

Obama Could Pass Over Progressive Latino for Interior Secretary

by Guest Columnist on December 8 2008, 8:11AM

Obama Rumored to Be Leaning Toward Pro-Hunter, Pro-Logging Democrat to Lead Interior Department By Roberto Lovato, Of América A source close to the Obama transition team just told me that “(Congressman Raul) Grijalva fell out of favor and they are…

Topics: Politics