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Ben Jealous: Personal Responsibility Alone Won’t Fix Structural Inequalities

by Guest Columnist on September 23 2009, 10:12AM

by Ben Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP. Originally published at Over the weekend I had the opportunity to share the stage with America’s legendary television dad, Bill Cosby. In a town hall forum titled “About Our Children,”…

Topics: Economy

New Push to Encourage Parents to Adopt Black Children [VIDEO]

by Guest Columnist on September 18 2009, 10:46AM

by Todd Johnson; originally published at Jordan Sarazin was in foster care just five months after she was born. But in 2006, everything changed. She was adopted by Magalie Jean-Gilles, who has spent nearly a decade caring for dozens…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Dobbs’ Brand of Journalism is Dangerous to Latinos in America. Fights Back.

by Guest Columnist on September 17 2009, 5:31PM

From our friends at This week, the CNN anchor broadcast his radio show from the conference of anti-immigrant hate group FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Founded by a white nationalist, FAIR was linked earlier this year to…

Topics: Immigration

Weekly Immigration Wire: Race to the Bottom

by Guest Columnist on September 17 2009, 11:36AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger The immigration debate seems to be rushing forward on its own timetable—and without a structured frame to guide it, the effort is damaged from the start. As Rev. Luis Cortés, Jr., of Esperanza USA…

Topics: Immigration

What Was Different about Annie Le

by Guest Columnist on September 16 2009, 3:54PM

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Topics: Media

Amor de Lejos: Who’s Telling Immigration’s Human Story?

by Guest Columnist on September 16 2009, 9:01AM

by Andrew Grant-Thomas, Deputy Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Last September in Chicago, I saw a play called “Amor de Lejos,” which is Spanish for “love from afar.” It was performed by a theater company…

Topics: Immigration

Review: Michael Moore’s “Capitalism, A Love Story”

by Guest Columnist on September 15 2009, 11:48AM

Written by Alec Dubro Michael Moore’s “Capitalism, A Love Story” had its U.S. premiere last night in Pittsburgh, drawing its audience from the AFL-CIO convention here. It was given at least an unofficial AFL-CIO endorsement and a wild reception…


Weekly Immigration Wire: Piecemeal Reform is Dangerous

by Guest Columnist on September 11 2009, 5:33AM

By Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger We’re coming to the close of the year in which President Obama said that immigration reform would be a priority. But to date, the Obama administration has only extended harsh immigration enforcement provisions put…

Topics: Immigration

Sick-Leave Racial Disparities: A Flu Endemic’s Best Friend

by Guest Columnist on September 8 2009, 1:54PM

by Marty Martinez, policy director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. As a fundamental part of their response to the H1N1 epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) instructs people who get sick to “stay home from work or…

Topics: Health

Obama’s Post-Racist Presidency: Is ‘Socialist’ the new N-Word?

by Guest Columnist on September 8 2009, 11:30AM

Written by Victor Goode In the last few weeks, some of the right wing criticism of President Obama has reached a virtual crescendo. To be sure, some of his policies raise questions, and reasoned critiques have come from both right…

Topics: Media

Weekly Immigration Wire: DIY Immigration Reform

by Guest Columnist on September 3 2009, 10:24AM

By Nezua, TMC Mediawire Blogger Many immigration reform activists feel stymied and frustrated by the Obama Administration’s approach to immigration. Because the administration has not clearly denounced the racially-based violence and sentiment fueled by groups like FAIR and pundits like…

Topics: Immigration

“White flight” from social media sites

by Guest Columnist on September 2 2009, 11:32AM

by Latoya Peterson This article originally appeared on Is there really a racial divide on the Internet? Much of Danah Boyd’s research explores that dynamic. Since 1999, Boyd, social media researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a…


Shop, Don’t Buy: Show Whole Foods What 60 Lives a Day Looks Like

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

by angel Kyodo williams crossposted from Whole Foods: I Don’t Buy It. Get more information on the action here. Two weeks ago, like now tens of thousands of others on Facebook, I ran across a post on Why You…


Glenn Beck’s Attack On Van Jones: Fantasies & Falsehoods

by Guest Columnist on August 28 2009, 4:52PM

[Editor’s note: I’ve included Glenn Beck’s piece on Van Jones above, in case you’d like to hear a narrator say ‘green jobs’ in a scary voice. I kid, but seriously: while we might see these as the obvious falsehoods…

Topics: Economy, Media

Weekly Immigration Wire: Kennedy Was Friend to Immigrants

by Guest Columnist on August 27 2009, 10:16AM

By Nezua, TMC Mediawire Blogger Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death yesterday was a blow to the immigrant community, as New America Media reports. For over 40 years, Kennedy was a tireless fighter for immigrant rights and is remembered for many valuable…

Topics: Immigration

We’ll Never Be Post-Racial As Long As the Racial Wealth Gap Persists

by Guest Columnist on August 27 2009, 9:27AM

Click to enlarge image. By Victor Corral There is an enormous racial wealth gap in America. For every dollar of wealth owned by the average white family, the average family of color owns only 16 cents. Wealth, not just…

Topics: Race and Recession

For One Sikh, The Long Ride to Just Immigration Reform

by Guest Columnist on August 26 2009, 10:23AM

By Sonny Singh This post originally appeared on the Sikh Coalition blog. Yesterday afternoon I joined several faith leaders from diverse communities for a meeting with Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) in his district office in Kew Gardens, Queens to discuss…

Topics: Immigration

Four Healthcare Debate Takeaways For The Immigration Reform Fight

by Guest Columnist on August 24 2009, 11:28AM

By Patrick Young (This post originally appeared on Long Island Wins.) I went to visit a Congresswoman’s office last week in the Hudson Valley. Outside her offices were nine or ten protesters with signs warning that health care reform is…

Topics: Health, Immigration

APIs Wanna Know: How Much Longer Can We Wait for Immigration Reform?

by Guest Columnist on August 21 2009, 5:32PM

photo credit: Seng Chen By Sara Sadhwani (This post originally appeared on Asian Pacific Americans for Progress) For nearly a decade, reforming our broken immigration system has been a central concern of immigrant communities, including Asian American and Pacific…


Looking Good, Looking Ahead: Q&A with Bobbito Garcia

by Guest Columnist on August 21 2009, 4:33PM

By Ivan Maestre I had the opportunity to ask tastemaker and trendsetter and Creative Chief of Project 2050, Bobbito Garcia, a few questions earlier this week about his political thoughts and what he’s been working on. He had a few…