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Still a Big Man’s Game

by Guest Columnist on April 23 2008, 7:05AM

This year’s democratic primary provides another example of history being conflated with mythology. For the past three months pundits have been homing in on “white male voters” as the “deciding” or “prize” voting block that will determine the contest between…


Sick Profits Video Contest!

by Guest Columnist on April 21 2008, 12:01PM

contributed by NWFCO Want to take jab at the health insurance industry — and get a chance to win $1,000? The Northwest Federation of Community Organizations is sponsoring the Sick Profits video contest. Be creative, poke fun at corporate health…

Topics: Health

What Kind of Cop Would You Be?

by Guest Columnist on April 10 2008, 2:07PM

by Alex Jung Maybe police forces should require all of their recruits to take this test. The online test is from researchers at the University of Chicago, with the basic premise of deciding how long it takes the participant to…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Get In the Game: Community Organizing and Civic Participation

by Guest Columnist on April 10 2008, 10:43AM

By Miami Workers Center Internal disputes within the Democratic party may render Florida’s primary meaningless. While political pundits guess the implications of an empty contest in the sunshine state, Floridians went to the polls at record numbers to cast…


Hindsight is 20/20

by Guest Columnist on April 7 2008, 10:43AM

By Rend Smith Friday night, ABC’s 20/20 ran a piece on John White, the African-American Long-Islander convicted of killing Daniel Cicciaro Jr, a white 17-year-old. If you’re not familiar with the case, here’s a quick and dirty summary. Cicciaro, known…

Topics: Criminal Justice

‘Welcome to America’ Exposes Realities of Racism

by Guest Columnist on April 2 2008, 11:47AM

by Thanu Yakupitiyage Earlier in March, a colleague brought my attention to an article that she had seen in Gothamist about an art exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn. “The Blue Wall of Violence”…

Topics: Media

The Other Presidential Candidate’s “Race” Speech

by Guest Columnist on April 1 2008, 2:42PM

By Victor Goode In the aftermath of Obama’s speech on race, many pundits seemed at a loss about how to analyze it or what to compare it to. It didn’t have the evangelical sweep of Kings eloquent oratory, or the…


Come Again, Lou?

by Guest Columnist on March 31 2008, 3:30PM

by Alex Jung Lou Dobbs, everyone’s favorite faux populist went on (yet another) tirade about why Americans (but really himself) are not racists. The subject of his anger this time was Condoleezza Rice’s recent remarks on Barack Obama’s speech on…

Topics: Media

VOICES FROM DETENTION: Armando’s Story Part I: “Anxious at the Gates”

by Guest Columnist on March 19 2008, 10:23AM

by Raha Jorjani Every year in the United States, approximately 280,000 people are detained in federal detention centers, private prisons, and county jails, and face deportation to their countries of origin. It is their very detention and deportation that makes…

Topics: Immigration

Racist Fetishizations and “Chinese Laundry”

by Guest Columnist on March 18 2008, 2:44PM

by Samantha Erskine The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is urging people to take action against racist marketing used to publicize a new Asian fusion restaurant owned by Chow Fun Food Group, Inc., in downtown Providence, Rhode Island….


Raising and Renouncing Race in the Election

by Guest Columnist on March 17 2008, 1:25PM

by Alex Jung Update: Barack Obama has announced that he will give a speech on, “race in this campaign.” A comedy troupe called the Public Service Administration has released a satire, “Don’t Think of a Black Man” (a spin off…


Eliot Spitzer: Crusader By Day, Philanderer By Night

by Guest Columnist on March 17 2008, 6:44AM

by Samantha Erskine In an ironic turn of events, New York’s governor Eliot Spitzer was forced to resign because he was caught paying thousands of dollars for a pre-Valentine’s Day rendezvous with an escort at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington,…

Topics: Politics

Much Ado About “Stuff White People Like”

by Guest Columnist on February 29 2008, 9:33AM

by Alex Jung When a friend showed me the blog “Stuff White People Like” the first thing I thought to myself was — Why didn’t I think of that? Because, as someone who thinks of himself as relatively “conscious,” the…


Student Column’s Satire Not Funny

by Guest Columnist on February 28 2008, 10:29AM

by Alex Jung Maybe it’s because I’m Asian American, but I’m confused by Max Karson’s “satirical” opinion editorial, “If It’s War the Asians Want…It’s War They’ll Get” in the Campus Press at Colorado University, that has caused a veritable firestorm…

Topics: Immigration

Citizens In Waiting…For How Long?

by Guest Columnist on February 26 2008, 9:52AM

by Deepa Iyer Around the country, citizens are going to the polls to register their votes in primaries and caucuses. But for a significant segment of the population who are “citizens in waiting” – legal permanent residents who have applied…

Topics: Immigration

The Return of the White Primary?

by Guest Columnist on February 6 2008, 10:47AM

Originally posted on Have we returned to the “White Primary” in American politics? With all of the flat and simplistic discussion of “race” vs. “gender” in the Democratic presidential debate, I think it’s time we turn our eyes and…


The US and Vietnam make a deal, Vietnamese immigrants suffer

by Guest Columnist on February 5 2008, 9:31AM

by Raha Jorjani What if someone told you that you had two weeks to pack your bags and leave the country? On January 22, 2008, the United States and Vietnam made an agreement for the forced return of hundreds of…

Topics: Immigration

Dispatch from Idaho

by Guest Columnist on January 30 2008, 9:45AM

contributed by NWFCO Last Monday, on Martin Luther King Day, the Idaho Community Action Network held a rally to kick off the “Welcoming Idaho” campaign in Burley, part of Idaho’s Magic Valley. It was a cold, windy day, but we…

Topics: Immigration

Future Ambassadors of America

by Guest Columnist on January 30 2008, 9:12AM

by Marissa Gutiérrez-Vicario While perusing U.S. Department of State’s webpage that listed all of U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations since 1945, I noticed something interesting. In the entire 63 years that the U.S. had actually designated someone to that…


Americans Demand Change, State of the Union Stays the Same

by Guest Columnist on January 29 2008, 8:49AM

Just hours after the State of the Union, our friends at the Drum Major Institute created a rapid response to the address. Click here to read DMI’s full analysis of the President’s domestic policy prescriptions – complete with statistics and…

Topics: Politics