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Penn. Museum Reenacts Scenes from Vietnam War

by Guest Columnist on August 21 2009, 1:50PM

By Steven Low Attention all Asians: Avoid Pennsylvania. Last month, white men in Boalsburg, PA—military enthusiasts—orchestrated a public display of “hide and seek” or what Vietnamese people during the 60s and 70s may have observed: the indiscriminate mass murder…


Protecting Undocumented Youth

by Guest Columnist on August 21 2009, 1:02PM

By Nina Jacinto This post originally appeared on Wiretap. San Francisco Chronicle writers Marisa Lagos and John Coté have reported on new proposed legislation that may help protect undocumented youth in the city. The law would require that minors…

Topics: Immigration

Weekly Immigration Wire: Silence Strengthens Opposition [VIDEO]

by Guest Columnist on August 20 2009, 9:38AM

By Nezua, TMC Mediawire Blogger President Obama is citing the Healthcare debate as a reason for postponing immigration reform until 2010. But in the interim, the White House is laying the groundwork for an enforcement agenda by expanding programs such…

Topics: Immigration

Shah Rukh Khan: Bollywood Border Stop

by Guest Columnist on August 17 2009, 8:58AM

Written by: Deepa Iyer, Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) The Shah Rukh Khan incident at Newark International Airport over the weekend has elicited a range of viewpoints and opinions. Shah Rukh Khan, a famous Bollywood…

Topics: Global Affairs

Weekly Immigration Wire: Healthcare and the Undocumented

by Guest Columnist on August 13 2009, 8:36AM

By Nezua, TMC Mediawire Blogger This week’s Wire will be brief. The MediaWire Bloggers are in Pittsburgh, Pa. for Netroots Nation. We will return to our regular format next week. On Monday, President Obama met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen…

Topics: Immigration

Whose Barrio? Q&A with Directors Ed Morales and Laura Rivera

by Guest Columnist on August 12 2009, 11:59AM

By Tiffany Chow Whose Barrio? is a documentary that was screened last week at the New York International Latino Film Festival. The film is a great primer for those who want to learn about the basics of gentrification. The…


Don’t Call Slowed Job Losses the Beginning of Recovery Just Yet [VIDEO]

by Guest Columnist on August 7 2009, 3:42PM

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy By Jonathan Yee Today, economists are heralding the promising signs of the beginning of the end of the recession. Job losses for the month of July were at…

Topics: Race and Recession

Weekly Immigration Wire: 287(g) Makes Hard Times Harder

by Guest Columnist on August 6 2009, 10:45AM

By Nezua, TMC Mediawire Blogger The number of undocumented immigrants coming into the U.S. is plunging, as The Washington Independent’s Daphne Eviatar reports. And yet, the White House is still ramping up harsh detainment measures like 287(g), which is already…


Young, Black, Gay and Running for Congress

by Guest Columnist on August 4 2009, 9:02AM

By Michael Arceneaux, Originally published @ The Grio Earlier this year, Sean Penn and Dustin Lance Black received Academy Awards honoring their work in the film Milk, which chronicled the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to…

Topics: Politics

NY Raises Minimum Wage $0.10, We Do the Math

by Guest Columnist on July 31 2009, 9:59AM

photo credit: Majeed Babar, c/o New York Community Media Alliance By Miriam Leshin On Monday, ethnic and community news media representatives gathered for a press conference on the recent 10-cent increase in the New York state minimum wage and…

Topics: Economy

Weekly Immigration Wire: Post-Racial Hypocrisy

by Guest Columnist on July 30 2009, 9:06AM

By Nezua, TMC Mediawire Blogger Nobody said becoming a post-racial nation would be easy. The United States has its first black president, but as the son of a Kenyan immigrant, his citizenship and legitimacy are still being questioned. In the…

Topics: Immigration

Reflections on Jimmy Carter’s Departure from the SBC

by Guest Columnist on July 28 2009, 10:05AM

By Darlene Pagano I was quite taken by former President Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has left the Southern Baptist Convention as his faith home, because of their yet-again-affirmed statement that women may not serve as deacons, pastors or military…


Review: Dreaming of Baghdad

by Guest Columnist on July 27 2009, 8:32AM

Originally Published on Speak Fierce! Written by: Alese Torres In her memoir, Dreaming of Baghdad, Haifa Zangana revisits her memories of Iraq in the 1950’s, and in doing so weaves a complex and poignant image of her beloved country….


Napolitano on Bill Maher’s Show Tonight, Time to Speak Out Against 287(g)

by Guest Columnist on July 24 2009, 10:48AM

By Roberto Lovato Groups across the country are mobilizing to put pressure on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Obama to end the devastation caused by the Obama Administration’s 287(g) program. Denounced by (some) police chiefs, several…

Topics: Immigration

Wal-Mart, When Pushed, Agrees to Respect Muslim Worker’s Rights

by Guest Columnist on July 23 2009, 11:01AM

By Miriam Leshin Freedom of religion for all? Not quite. Earlier this week, Wal-Mart rehired a Muslim employee in Minnesota, whom the store had initially fired for disobeying a ban on prayer during work breaks. The Minnesota chapter of the…


Weekly Immigration Wire: It’s a Multicultural World, After All

by Guest Columnist on July 23 2009, 9:40AM

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger In the 1970s and 1980s, it was common to hear the phrase “melting pot.” Many people said our nation’s greatest strength could be found in its multitude of cultures, languages and histories. This sentiment has…

Topics: Immigration

NY State Senate Stalemate Reveals Knee Jerk Party and Racial Politics

by Guest Columnist on July 21 2009, 10:35AM

By Miriam Leshin Electing a Black governor and a Black state senate president and majority leader don’t necessarily mean real change for the state of New York. Just a few months into the first Democratic-majority state senate session in over…


New Research on Black vs. White Women and Breast Cancer Fights off Biological Differences

by Guest Columnist on July 20 2009, 11:24AM

By Nina Jacinto This post originally appeared on Wiretap. New research suggests that the race gap in breast cancer outcomes cannot be attributed to biological factors alone. A disparity that emerged in the mid-1980s showed that black women were more…

Topics: Health

Makes Me Wanna Holla: Supreme Court Nominations “Empathy” Hypocrisy

by Guest Columnist on July 16 2009, 10:52AM

By Andrew Grant-Thomas “During the campaign, [Obama] promised to nominate someone who’s got the heart and the empathy to recognize what it’s like to be a young, teenaged mom. The implication is that our judges today don’t have that. Do…


Weekly Immigration Wire: The Morality of Reform

by Guest Columnist on July 16 2009, 10:03AM

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger On Tuesday, relations between the U.S. and Cuba thawed a bit more, as AlterNet reports. Discussions for implementing U.S.-Cuba Migration accord resumed after a six year stall. This move is another positive mark for diplomatic…

Topics: Immigration