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The Weekly Diaspora: CIR ASAP the First Step to Reform

by Guest Columnist on December 17 2009, 3:34PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger On Tuesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR-ASAP). Rep. Gutierrez said that the bill represents “the final push for comprehensive immigration reform,” as…

Topics: Immigration

Obama’s Nobel Prize Speech Makes War Record Cleaner Than It Really Is

by Guest Columnist on December 17 2009, 12:28PM

Written by Victor Goode In his recent Nobel Prize acceptance speech he exhibited the rhetorical flourishes that electrified his campaign. Images of freedom, democracy and human rights were sprinkled throughout the speech, as were symbols of patriotism and a…

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The Great Recession: What’s Race Got to Do with It?

by Guest Columnist on December 16 2009, 1:29PM

By Tram Nguyen Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to appear with Chris Rabb on the ARC/LinkTV collaboration for an upcoming show called ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery. The dialogue we began there—as Chris and I tried to unpack the…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

We’re Not The Zoo: LA Gang Tours Treat Us Like Animals in The ‘Hood

by Guest Columnist on December 10 2009, 5:01PM

By Lisa Gray-Garcia This article originally appeared in POOR magazine. When I read with terror and disbelief about the proposed Gang Tours of Los Angeles, I was reminded of the well-meaning, neo-liberal, writer of the early 20th century, Charles Dickens,…

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Weekly Diaspora: Unemployment Feeding Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

by Guest Columnist on December 10 2009, 12:36PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger The nation’s 10% unemployment rate is feeding anti-immigrant sentiment, as Marcelo Ballvé reports for New America Media. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) critiqued President Barack Obama’s recent jobs summit as “fatally flawed” because President Obama did…

Topics: Immigration

iLL-LITERACY’s New Album ib4the1.1: Hip-Hop For Us Nerdy Kids of Color

by Guest Columnist on December 10 2009, 9:54AM

By Jamilah King Here’s a question I spent a good portion of my college days grappling with: How do you break down that pesky white supremacist capitalist patriarchy? Answer: “Kool-Aid.” Wait, that sounds wrong. But according to ill-literacy, a Brooklyn-based,…

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Op-Ed: Racial Equality Is a Human Right

by Guest Columnist on December 10 2009, 9:00AM

By Ejim Dike and Ajamu Baraka This week we commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and President Obama’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. As we engage in dialogue about human rights around…

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Black Women Can’t Afford to Be Silent on Health Care Reform

by Guest Columnist on December 9 2009, 4:32PM

By Talia Whyte This post originally appeared at The Grio. Health care reform has been a hot topic for months, but abortion rights might now actually be the deal breaker in whether or not health care legislation passes. This…

Topics: Health

South Philadelphia HS Students to Walk Out Over Racial Assaults

by Guest Columnist on December 9 2009, 12:48PM

By Christina Chen Last Thursday, 26 Asian high school students, many of whom are recent immigrants from China and Vietnam, were targeted in a series of racial attacks in the hallways of South Philadelphia High School. Xu Lin, a community…

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Forty Years Later, We Remember Fred Hampton’s Life and Legacy

by Guest Columnist on December 4 2009, 1:01PM

By Juell Stewart Today marks the 40th anniversary of the murder of Fred Hampton, a gifted leader and community organizer who was poised to become the Black Panther Party’s Chief of Staff before the Chicago Police assassinated him on December…

Topics: History

Jay-Z, The Black Branch Rickey, Brings The Nets, And Gentrification

by Guest Columnist on December 3 2009, 3:31PM

By Jamilah King On my way to work this morning I was listening to Jay-Z’s Brooklyn Go Hard (such a better precursor to that annoying ass NY anthem that’s colonizing the radio right now). In it, I noticed a…

Topics: Sports

The Weekly Diaspora: Quiet Raids, Slippery ICE and Grinches

by Guest Columnist on December 3 2009, 1:14PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is shifting its focus to silent or “quiet” raids, as Erin Rosa reports for Campus Progress. In quiet raids, ICE conducts “audits” of staff at…

Topics: Immigration

Cornel West: Obama is for Big Business, Not the Jobless

by Guest Columnist on December 1 2009, 7:44PM

By Todd Johnson This post originally appeared on The Grio. WATCH DR. CORNEL WEST DISCUSS OBAMA AND BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT Educator Cornel West sat down with theGrio to discuss how unemployment is affecting African-Americans. TheGrio asked West about national unemployment…

Topics: Race and Recession

We Must Not Let Big Telecom Segregate The Internet

by Guest Columnist on December 1 2009, 12:45PM

By Malkia Cyril, Chris Rabb and Joseph Torres When Fox News’ Glenn Beck called President Barack Obama a racist this past July, the online advocacy group ColorOfChange.org launched a campaign to convince advertisers to boycott the show. To date, some…

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The Food Stamp Belt: Race, Politics And Poverty in The South

by Guest Columnist on December 1 2009, 12:25PM

By Chris Kromm This post originally appeared on Facing South. The New York Times ran an eye-opening story this weekend about the 36 million people in this country who depend on food stamps: With food stamp use at record…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Not Everybody Loved Hominid Fossil “Lucy”

by Guest Columnist on November 25 2009, 6:43PM

By Adebe D.A. It’s 150 years later, and we’re still debating Darwin’s good old Origin of Species. A new exposition center, The Discovery Times Square Exposition, was launched in New York City, and featured the 3.2 million-year-old fossil known as…

Topics: History

The Blind Side Is An Obvious Appeal To White Guilt

by Guest Columnist on November 25 2009, 1:02PM

By Christopher Chambers This post originally appeared on the Grio. Internet Movie Database sources report that Warner Brothers is spending over six million dollars to promote its new film The Blind Side. That’s twice the production budget of the controversial…

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Bay Area Community Members to Hold Vigil for Gay Teens Murdered in Maryland and Puerto Rico

by Guest Columnist on November 20 2009, 8:21PM

From Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha TIme: Sunday, November 22, 3:30pm Vigil Location: Mac Arthur and Grand Ave. at Lake Merritt Outraged at the murders of two gay teenagers last week, Bay Area queers and allies will gather at Lake Merritt this…

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Post-Racial Voting? Think Again.

by Guest Columnist on November 20 2009, 11:03AM

Written by Nina Jacinto, this post originally appeared on Wiretapmag.org The NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s (LDF) Political Participation Group, has released “‘Post-Racial’ America? Not Yet,” a report that details why voting rights continue to be an important issue, despite having…

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The Weekly Diaspora: Fort Hood, Pundits and Immigration Reform

by Guest Columnist on November 19 2009, 1:35PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger First it was immigrants from Mexico, now Muslims in the armed services. After the tragic shootings at Fort Hood, conservative pundits are verbally attacking Muslims and Arab-Americans, much like they have vilified the immigrant community….

Topics: Immigration