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Immigration Reform 2010: Yellow Light for Migrants

by Guest Columnist on November 19 2009, 12:43PM

By Adebe D.A. For over a decade, 287(g) programs have been put into place to deter “illegal” immigration in the US. This past weekend, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano headed talks at the Center for American Progress about yet another overhaul…

Topics: Immigration

High-Stakes of Stupak-Pitts Amendment for Women of Color

by Guest Columnist on November 18 2009, 6:03AM

Written by Juhu Thukral, Director of Law and Advocacy, The Opportunity Agenda A few Saturdays ago, on November 7th, I was at the annual SisterSong meeting, a gathering of about 300 reproductive justice advocates. What was exhilarating and unusual about…

Topics: Health

Race and Beauty Sold Separately: A Deeper Look at Black Barbie

by Guest Columnist on November 17 2009, 8:15AM

Written by Adebe D.A. Big questions about race and power may come in small, glossy packages. In response to Barbie’s legacy of monoracial beauty standards, Mattel created the Grace™, Kara™, and Trichelle™ dolls whose supposedly fuller lips, curlier hair, wider…


Are Children of Immigrants Becoming Needless Statistics in the Welfare System?

by Guest Columnist on November 17 2009, 3:32AM

via Restore Fairness, Written by: Emily Butera, of the Women’s Refugee Commission. What if I told you you could permanently lose custody of your child because you are undocumented? Or because you do not understand English? Or you are unable…


Homophobia Trumps Anti-Poverty Mission of DC Archdiocese

by Guest Columnist on November 13 2009, 2:46PM

by Leigh Graham. Originally published at’s Poverty in America blog. I’m with Mike on this one: I’ve got to headline this unbelievably craven move by the Catholic Church to threaten its social services to Washington D.C.’s poor if the…


Supreme Court Will Answer: Should We Imprison Kids For Life?

by Guest Columnist on November 12 2009, 3:23PM

By Ashley Nellis There are more than 1,700 people in the United States serving sentences of life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles. No other nation has even a single person serving such a sentence. On November 9, the…


Health and Justice Now: California Women of Color Demand Health Care for All

by Guest Columnist on November 12 2009, 12:52PM

By Rocio Córdoba and Destiny Lopez During Saturday’s historic vote on health care reform, the House jeopardized the health and well-being of women with the passage of the Stupak amendment, which would eliminate abortion coverage from both private and public…

Topics: Health

The Weekly Diaspora: Deporting Dobbs

by Guest Columnist on November 12 2009, 11:24AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger After 30 years, commentator Lou Dobbs—infamous for his tirades against undocumented immigrants—has left CNN, as TPM reports. Dobbs employed disturbing, dangerous, and dated language to slur immigrants, often equating them with disease and infection. There…

Topics: Immigration

Portraits of San Diego’s Immigrant Day Laborers

by Guest Columnist on November 11 2009, 2:53PM

By David Bacon Click after the jump to view more photos. In Oceanside, Carlsbad, Del Mar and north San Diego County, immigrant day laborers wait by the side of the road, hoping a contractor will stop and offer them work….

Topics: Immigration

Food Stamp Distribution Rushing to Keep Pace with Rising Poverty Levels

by Guest Columnist on November 10 2009, 3:21PM

By Juell Stewart As America faces the fastest-growing poverty levels since the Great Depression, Democracy Now! reports that the number of families receiving food stamp assistance are on the rise: [N]early half of all US children and 90 percent of…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

What Does Fort Hood Mean for American Muslims?

by Guest Columnist on November 9 2009, 9:01AM

Written by M. Junaid Levesque-Alam. This post originally appeared on By all accounts, on November 5, Army Psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 12 soldiers and one civilian at the Fort Hood Army base where he was…


Who Gets Blamed for Maine Losing Gay Marriage?

by Guest Columnist on November 6 2009, 5:24PM

By Kalpana Krishnamurthy This blog post originally appeared on the Western States Center blog. Let me first admit, it’s taken me a day to recover. The loss in Maine on Question 1 is painful to me; I had hoped that…


The Weekly Diaspora: Immigration Impacts Everything

by Guest Columnist on November 5 2009, 12:20PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger While many pundits and political analysts are musing about what Tuesday’s mixed bag election results mean for Obama administration, New America Media reports that “there’s another trend to watch; the surprising prominence of immigration politics.”…

Topics: Immigration

Racing Recovery: The Need for Race, Gender, and Geographic Tracking of Recovery Monies

by Guest Columnist on November 4 2009, 12:44PM

By Christina Chen Last Friday the government provided its first comprehensive look at how and where a significant chunk of recovery dollars are being spent. The Administration, in characteristic Obama fashion, hung a lantern on its problems by acknowledging that…


San Francisco Leaders Respond to Muni Brawl [VIDEO]

by Guest Columnist on November 4 2009, 10:33AM

By Lily Chien-Davis Community Discusses MUNI Fight from New America Media on Vimeo. Last week my husband pulled open a YouTube video. “You’ve got to check this out,” he said. “Everyone’s been passing this around at work.” He was referring…


The Weekly Diaspora: Legislating Hate

by Guest Columnist on October 29 2009, 10:42AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger Anti-immigration groups and pundits cling to phrases like “Illegal Alien” because they only focus on foreignness and danger. These extreme factions are all about casting immigrants as what ails our society, conjuring up demons…

Topics: Immigration

This Latina’s Crime? Not Speaking English. [VIDEO]

by Guest Columnist on October 26 2009, 9:16AM

by Yasmine Farhang When Ernestina Mondragon rushed out of her house in Dallas, Texas to drive her daughter to school, she was pulled over by officer Gary Bromley and ticketed on two counts she could understand - driving without a…


The Weekly Diaspora: We Can Prosper Together

by Guest Columnist on October 22 2009, 12:23PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger For the most part, it’s been a good week for immigration reform. The Senate approved a measure that will end the “Widow Penalty,” which rescinded applications for U.S. residency if one’s spouse of two years…

Topics: Immigration

A Broken System: Fragments of An Immigration Debate

by Guest Columnist on October 21 2009, 1:14PM

By Adebe DeRango-Adem The Immigration Policy Center released a new report today, “Breaking Down the Problems: What’s Wrong With our Immigration System.” They kicked off the report release with a national teleconference this afternoon. Speakers on the conference attempted to…

Topics: Immigration

The Taqwacore Movement: Muslim Punk Bands Taking Over

by Guest Columnist on October 20 2009, 1:39PM

By Tanzila Ahmed This post originally appeared on Sepia Mutiny. With regard to one of the most well documented subcultures I’ve ever seen, there are two major Taqwacore events culminating in this month: a documentary and a photography book (Past…