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A Rant on Anti-Latino Hate Crimes

by Guest Columnist on October 19 2009, 1:30PM

By Kevin Johnson This post originally appeared on the Immigration Prof Blog. Sadly, it continues to be open season on Latinos — especially Latino immigrants — in the United States. The “sport” of “beaner hopping” is even defined in…

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Weekly Diaspora: Moving Immigration Reform Forward

by Guest Columnist on October 15 2009, 12:59PM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger A crowd of thousands gathered on Capitol Hill Tuesday, to lobby for and support immigration reform, as Debayani Kar writes for RaceWire. Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus “presented his key principles…

Topics: Immigration

Younge’s Mixed-Race Messaging Misses the Point

by Guest Columnist on October 15 2009, 6:09AM

by Adebe DeRango-Adem, research intern for Applied Research Center In Gary Younge’s piece on the often race-heavy baggage brought to both sides of conversations about President Obama, he argues that a combined obsession with celebrity and rise of the…

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Second Time’s a Charm?

by Guest Columnist on October 14 2009, 12:36AM

Written by: Debayani Kar Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has just unveiled the contours of a new immigration reform bill meant to address the current legislative void as Obama administration officials move instead toward de…

Topics: Immigration

Exit Strategies: Immigrants and the Issue of Overstayed Visas

by Guest Columnist on October 13 2009, 8:35AM

Written by Adebe DeRango-Adem Despite the extensive measures used by DHS officials to control who enters the country, there is no current system for verifying when foreign visitors leave. The New York Times recently ran a story on Hosam Maher…

Topics: Immigration

Diverse Barbies Remain Idealistic Bombshells

by Guest Columnist on October 13 2009, 7:06AM

Written by Nina Jacinto. This post originally appeared on Wiretapmag.org Our favorite Barbie doll company has come out with a “So in Style” line, which aims to portray black women in a more realistic light than it has since…

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University of California Walkout Reflection and Update

by Guest Columnist on October 13 2009, 6:36AM

Written by UC Berkeley second year student Lucas Zucker On September 24th I witnessed and became a part of something I never thought I would experience. Students, professors, workers, 5,000 strong, stood on Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley and cheered,…

Topics: Schools & Youth

The Diaspora: A Return to Reason

by Guest Columnist on October 8 2009, 10:07AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger After the shadowy Bush years, the emergence of reasonable policy can be a little surprising. Immigration law has suffered from a lack of planning and is often influenced by fear rooted in the Sept. 11…

Topics: Immigration

Congresswoman Hits Back with New ACORN Bill

by Guest Columnist on October 6 2009, 12:46PM

By Paul Blumenthal This post originally appeared on OpenCongress. A few weeks ago Congress passed the Defund ACORN Act (it was attached to another bill during a motion to recommit), a bill designed at defunding the beleaguered community organization. While…

Topics: Politics

Celebrating Henrietta Lacks’ “Immortal” Life After Death

by Guest Columnist on October 5 2009, 1:49PM

By Darlene Pagano Today is the 58th anniversary of the death of Henrietta Lacks, a mother of five who lived in Turners Station (Baltimore) Maryland, an historically Black community. In 1951, at age 31, she died of cervical cancer, which…

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Chicago’s Vulnerable Breathe a Sigh of Relief as Olympic Flame is Extinguished

by Guest Columnist on October 5 2009, 10:29AM

by guest blogger Burke Bindbeutel. photo © John Sisson / sissonphotography.com Heavy favorite Chicago lost its 2016 Olympics bid to Rio de Janeiro last Friday. While city boosters wept and anti-Obama pundits celebrated, most residents breathed a sigh of relief….

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“Greasy Like Chicken”: Chris Rock’s ‘Good Hair’ Pitch Takes a Nap on Race and Gender [VIDEO]

by Guest Columnist on October 5 2009, 8:43AM

by guest blogger Bimbola Akinbola. Chris Rock appeared on The Jay Leno Show and Oprah this week to promote his new movie Good Hair, a documentary about hair politics in the Black community with a “funny edge.” While I personally…

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Ben Jealous: Rockford Killing Highlights National Dilemma with Police Conduct

by Guest Columnist on October 2 2009, 11:03AM

by Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP. Originally published at TheGrio.com. In the five weeks since Mark Anthony Barmore was gunned down by police officers in an Illinois daycare center, answers remain elusive. By all accounts, the…

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Clarence Lusane: Obama, They’re Just Not That Into You, Move On

by Guest Columnist on October 1 2009, 1:01PM

Clarence Lusane is Associate Professor at the American University School of International Service, and is a contributing author to Changing the Race: Racial Politics and the Election of Barack Obama, being published today by Applied Research Center. The edited volume…

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Activists’ PEN is Mightier than the Border

by Guest Columnist on October 1 2009, 10:58AM

by Adebe DeRango-Adem, research intern at the Applied Research Center. Scholars should know the ABCs of United States visa processes if they’re hoping to participate in any sort of intellectual activity — including the right to speak. As the new…

Topics: Immigration

Weekly Immigration Wire: Racism and Reform

by Guest Columnist on October 1 2009, 10:47AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger It’s a sad irony that a President who wants to unite opposing factions presides over an increasingly entrenched and partisan political landscape. There seems to be no satisfactory compromise for both the health care…

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On Chicago’s Invisible Violence, and Derrion Albert’s Death.

by Guest Columnist on September 30 2009, 12:14PM

by Henry Cervantes, writing from Chicago’s West Side. Nadashia Thomas, 6, a cousin of Derrion Albert, holds a sign beside a poster of Derrion Albert at Fenger High School in Chicago, Sept. 28, 2009. A vigil for Derrion Albert was…

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Another Reason We Care About Healthcare Reform

by Guest Columnist on September 28 2009, 7:09AM

Written by Jamilah King, this post originally appeared on WireTap. Here’s another ‘why’ young people really do care about healthcare reform. This week, 22-year-old recent Miami University of Ohio grad Kimberly Young died from complications of the H1M1 virus. While…

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Weekly Immigration Wire: These Are American Stories

by Guest Columnist on September 24 2009, 9:43AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger As the immigration debate grows increasingly tense and intertwined with economic worries, cultural anxiety, and deep-seated racism and xenophobia, it is important to be clear about what’s at stake. This debate is about our humanity;…

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Faculty Walkout at Universities Across California Today

by Guest Columnist on September 24 2009, 6:27AM

by Jonathan Yee, Applied Research Center Today, September 24th, a faculty walkout is taking place at state universities across California, to coincide with the beginning of session. The purpose of the walkout has several points: • Confronting the unclear circumstances…

Topics: Schools & Youth