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Your RaceWire Racial Justice Viewing Guide for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by Guest Columnist on July 15 2009, 2:23PM

by Anusuya Sivaram Since I’m possibly the intern most excited about seeing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince tonight, Channing asked me to give you guys a basic rundown of some racial justice themes we might see tonight, just…


Achievement Gap Widens in Midwestern and Northern States

by Guest Columnist on July 15 2009, 1:07PM

Written by Miriam Leshin Some in America may imagine the North and the Midwest to be far more progressive than the formerly Jim Crow South. But when it comes to education reform, this is patently false. The New York Times…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Is “Tough Love” a Two-Way Street? Obama’s Speech in Ghana, What it Said, and What It left Out

by Guest Columnist on July 14 2009, 12:46PM

President Obama Speaks in Ghana from White House on Vimeo. by Victor Goode Last week President Obama continued his remarkable popularity outside of the country that elected him. He attracted huge crowds on his recent trip to Ghana as he…


Sotomayor Hearings Are Opportunity to Shift Discourse On Race

by Guest Columnist on July 13 2009, 1:59PM

Written by Stephen Menendian and Brookes Hammock Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals is the nation’s first Latina nominated to the United States Supreme Court, and would be only the third woman to join that bench….


Horne vs. Flores: Race and Language, An Uncertain Future

by Guest Columnist on July 13 2009, 10:54AM

Written by Victor Goode The ideological split on the Supreme Court over issues of race is now common knowledge. With the exception of the this terms voting rights case, the courts conservative majority tends to vote to restrict racial…


The Color of Toxic Waste

by Guest Columnist on July 10 2009, 9:46AM

Written by: Anusuya Sivaram How much do you need to spend to rob a community of its health and safety for the next few generations? If you want to do it to Perry County Alabama, the answer is: not much….


Weekly Immigration Wire: The White House vs. Reality [VIDEO]

by Guest Columnist on July 9 2009, 10:21AM

By Nezua, TMC Mediawire Blogger The immigration discussion is sometimes reduced to symbols or a war of “sides,” be it on blogs, comment threads, or conference calls between legislators, media outlets, and activists. But it’s important to remember what this…

Topics: Immigration

What Does Michael Jackson’s Memorial Say About How We View Race?

by Guest Columnist on July 8 2009, 12:50PM

by Christina Chen As Michael Jackson’s memorial played on CNN yesterday, I asked my Facebook friends for their reactions, big or small, on how the service spoke to the man’s legacy. “didn’t know MJ was so close to Brooke Shields…


Weekly Immigration Wire: Whitehouse Meeting a First Step to Reform

by Guest Columnist on July 7 2009, 11:45AM

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger After postponing twice, President Obama finally met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on June 25 to discuss moving immigration reform legislation forward. The meeting was applauded by activists and advocates for immigration reform, as…

Topics: Immigration

The Recovery Act Fights Reagan’s Job Training Agenda

by Guest Columnist on July 6 2009, 2:02PM

by Jonathan Yee Need a job? Well, the National Recovery Act has created a great deal of excitement for green jobs and their potential to save the environment and create jobs for low income communities; for example, Oakland’s Green Jobs…

Topics: Economy

Iran vs. Honduras: The Hypocrisy of the Mainstream Media

by Guest Columnist on July 3 2009, 11:24AM

Written by: Elsadig Elsheikh, Research Associate with the International Program at The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity On Sunday, June 28th, major media news outlets were still occupied with the topic of Iran’s sham election results,…

Topics: Global Affairs

Why We Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop for Youth of Color on the Climate and Energy Bill

by Guest Columnist on July 3 2009, 8:58AM

Written by Julia H. Rhee, youth organizer for Green for All The American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) is the most extensive and, at over 1400 pages long, the largest climate and energy bill that’s ever been introduced onto…


First Oakland Cop to be Disciplined in 5 Years for Shooting Suspect

by Guest Columnist on July 2 2009, 1:41PM

Written by: Ali Winston Last month, the Oakland Police Department took the first disciplinary action in five years against an officer involved in the shooting of a suspect. Officer Hector Jimenez was terminated for the fatal shooting of Mack…


When Banks Become an Obstacle to Lending

by Guest Columnist on July 2 2009, 8:26AM

Written by: Anusuya Sivaram Sandra Hines tells the story of her painful foreclosure in the Applied Research Center’s Race and Recession Report. “They busted up my mother’s antique furniture, our belongings that we had accumulated for 40 years. We…


Ricci vs. Destefano, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

by Guest Columnist on June 30 2009, 4:19PM

Written by Victor Goode Yesterday the Supreme Court handed down a major civil rights decision of this term. In the case Ricci vs. Destefano the Court ruled that the City of New Haven was guilty of “reverse discrimination” because they…


Race by Another Name?

by Guest Columnist on June 25 2009, 11:24AM

Written by Victor Goode Sometimes cases that never mention race at all end up having a disproportionate impact on people of color. There are countless examples of this proposition, but one that occurred recently was a case ruled on…


New York Domestic Workers Rally for Overdue Rights

by Guest Columnist on June 25 2009, 10:50AM

By Christina Chen As the New York State Senate invested their considerable stock of legislative resources and wit into accomplishing such noble tasks as stealing gavels, sneaking into Capitol chambers, and going to tremendous lengths to achieve absolutely nothing during…


Arrest of Gang Intervention Leader Alex Sanchez Raises Questions, Concerns in Community

by Guest Columnist on June 25 2009, 10:20AM

By Roberto Lovato This post originally appeared on Of America. Today’s FBI arrest of Alex Sanchez, one of the most respected gang intervention leaders in the country, has raised major concerns in Los Angeles and around the country. As his…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Mock Graduates Lobby for Dream Act in D.C.

by Guest Columnist on June 23 2009, 2:34PM

By Sonia Guinansaca Today, June 23rd, 2009 youth around the nation are taking part in the National Graduation Day Ceremony in Washington, D.C. More than 500 students from all around the country are being mobilized to Capitol Hill, where they…

Topics: Immigration

Youth Producing Change: Young People Telling Big Stories with Short Films

by Guest Columnist on June 22 2009, 10:37AM

By Miguel de la Fuente The Human Rights Watch Film Festival’s 2nd Annual Youth Producing Change screening, presented by Adobe Youth Voices, highlighted 10 short films from around the world, created by youth filmmakers who decided to take the ‘means’,…