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Deport Yourself, Says ICE

by Guest Columnist on August 1 2008, 12:30PM

by Joyce Li America is obsessed with itself as a meritocracy - this “bootstraps” notion of congratulatory self-motivation deploys a singular set of morals and ethics that finds its way into (and sometimes provides the basis for) our judicial system,…

Topics: Immigration

Through the Looking Glass: Beijing Olympics edition

by Guest Columnist on August 1 2008, 7:00AM

by Joyce Li Let it suffice to say that this year’s Olympic Games in Beijing have been met with (rightful) heated protest, concerning China’s role in Darfur, and Tibetan sovereignty. For months, we have watched Beijing become a fortress, with…

Topics: Global Affairs

China to WTO: free trade food no more?

by Guest Columnist on July 30 2008, 12:20PM

by Joyce Li Finally, some progressive-positive press for our Olympics host? In an unlikely move, China shifted its position on high food tariffs, joining India in an unbreakable partnership that yesterday, broke down the world trade talks in Geneva. The…


Shock jock mimics sexual assault on Isabel Garcia

by Guest Columnist on July 28 2008, 11:50AM

by Joyce Li It’s been a hop, skip, and a second since our last hate-jockey radio scandal, but Jon Justice of Arizona’s 104.1FM (misnomered “the Truth” radio) wanted to change that. Don’t get me wrong; denizens of all the media…


Now you know things are bad: Activism and Time Out New York

by Guest Columnist on July 24 2008, 3:57PM

by Joyce Li I’ve grown accustomed to the appropriation of the fist. Revolutionary imagery, especially when depicting the forgotten struggles of communities of color, is very becoming on baby bibs and Coldplay album covers. The fist has come a long…

Topics: Media

Maybe That’s a Way of Gookifying Them

by Guest Columnist on July 18 2008, 9:56AM

By Irwin Tang Last week, a reporter informed Senator John McCain that exports to Iran had increased tenfold during the Bush years, and that a great portion of those exports were cigarettes. McCain responded, “Maybe that’s a way of…

Topics: Politics

Education is a Crime

by Guest Columnist on July 8 2008, 3:53PM

by Jarad Sanchez Graduation day is supposed to be a time of celebration. Wearing the cap and gown is a rite of passage that lets the world know that after years of personal sacrifice, you have survived the mental emotional…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Building a DNA Databank of People of Color

by Guest Columnist on July 2 2008, 9:56AM

And the meeting kept on getting even more disturbing. There were reports of DNA dragnets where police ask groups of people to “voluntarily” give their DNA samples to be tested for innocence (profiles which will then permanently remain in the databanks), the surreptitious and involuntary collecting of DNA left behind on cigarette butts and spit, and companies like DNAWitness who promise to construct probabilistic phenotypic profiles of perpetrators from crime site DNA samples based on problematic assumptions about genes, race and phenotype.


What The Media Gets Wrong About Wright

by Guest Columnist on June 13 2008, 11:58AM

Wrong Again By Donna E. Scott As someone who grew up a stones throw from Trinity United Church of Christ, I was amazed and continue to be amazed at how wrong the mainstream media is in their reporting. The…

Topics: Media

For The Students Who Aren’t Supposed to Graduate

by Guest Columnist on June 10 2008, 9:53AM

by Aries Hines As I stand honored by the opportunity to graduate and deliver the (graduate studies) Commencement speech for my class, I am shrouded by thoughts of not graduating. I think about the thousands of students each year who…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Urban Outfitters Pimps Obama, Your Love

by Guest Columnist on May 27 2008, 1:49PM

by Alex Jung Photo credit: Urban Outfitters Political accoutrements are nothing new, but it seems particularly prevalent among today’s youth whose political activism often consists of wearing buttons, stickers, and rubber wristbands. Cure Cancer! Save Darfur! If anything, such paraphernalia…


The Politics of Natural Disaster (The Lessons We Never Learn)

by Guest Columnist on May 23 2008, 10:12AM

by Thanu Yakupitiyage Photo credit: AFP I remember the horror in December 2004 when the Asian Tsunami affected several countries across Asia leading to an outpour of sympathy and international aid from all over the world. As is routine after…

Topics: Global Affairs

Students vs. Schwarzenegger

by Guest Columnist on May 16 2008, 11:29AM

by Jarad Sanchez Yesterday, high school students from across California swarmed the State Capitol building and delivered some 10,000 signatures to the Governor demanding that he fully fund education. Only about fifty percent of Black and Latino students in California…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Racism on the Campaign Trail

by Guest Columnist on May 14 2008, 9:48AM

by Alex Jung I don’t envy campaign staffers and door-knockers and other invaders-of-quietness who descend upon the towns of Indiana and Pennsylvania to shill for their respective candidates. I myself was once a lowly, bright-eyed volunteer one frigid weekend in…


Excuse Me, Do You Work Here?

by Guest Columnist on May 7 2008, 9:45AM

by Jarad Sanchez Why is it every time I walk into a Home Depot people ask me where to find the plumbing fixtures? It’s not like I walk around wearing an orange apron. And why is it that when I…


VOICES FROM DETENTION: Armando’s Story Part II - My New World…

by Guest Columnist on May 1 2008, 9:57AM

by Raha Jorjani Last month, we heard Armando’s story directly from detention as he was preparing for his actual deportation to Honduras. Just a few days after he wrote what it felt like to be that close to deportation to…

Topics: Immigration


by Guest Columnist on May 1 2008, 9:25AM

(courtesy of Is race the reason the media can’t get enough of Rev. Jeremiah Wright? By Susan Starr Can anyone tell us why George Stephanopoulos of ABC News cares more about how much Barack Obama’s pastor loves the…


The Big Picture

by Guest Columnist on May 1 2008, 9:03AM

by Alex Jung H/T Jezebel Take a look at Annie Leibovitz Vanity Fair covers? You can see how many times the people of color get pushed to the right side of the frame, putting them safely off of the main…

Topics: Media

Don’t Stop With One Protest

by Guest Columnist on April 28 2008, 10:26AM

by Thanu Yakupitiyage Photograph of protesters in Jamaica, Queens by Jason DeCrow/AP On Friday morning when I first heard the verdict of the Sean Bell case, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of frustration. I felt very much…


If Gandhi Was a Racist…

by Guest Columnist on April 28 2008, 8:59AM

By Rend Smith Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, leader of the first and only nonviolent social justice movement to ever liberate a country—is suspected of not having liked black people. Evidently, people intimately familiar with the spiritual leader’s life already knew…