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Girls of Color Need Sports

by Guest Columnist on June 19 2009, 10:29AM

By Nina Jacinto This post originally appeared on WireTap. Last week the New York Times reported on how young girls of color in metropolitan public schools don’t have the same access to participating in sports as young boys. This is…

Topics: Sports

Who’s pulling the strings on children’s health?

by Guest Columnist on June 18 2009, 4:55PM

by Christina Chen As Congress trudges ahead with their goal of bringing healthcare reform legislation to a vote by late July, child advocacy groups are urging lawmakers to ensure that all children are afforded equal access to the healthcare services…

Topics: Health

Weekly Immigration Wire: Key Legal Battles in Fight for Immigrant Rights

by Guest Columnist on June 17 2009, 11:19AM

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger While the United States’ legal system is founded on grand ideals like all humans being equal, the law is rarely as benevolent or efficient in practice, especially for immigrants. Different classes of people receive different…

Topics: Immigration

David Kao’s Murder Shows Anti-Asian Hate Crimes are Real

by Guest Columnist on June 17 2009, 6:07AM

by Christina Chen Four teens were charged last Thursday with the strangling death of 49 year old Chinese account executive David Kao, in Flushing, New York. Under questioning the teens, aged 16 and 17, confessed to dragging, choking, and beating…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Speaking English a Requirement for Motherhood? Reunite Cirila Baltazar Cruz with her Baby

by Guest Columnist on June 15 2009, 5:00PM

by Cindy Von Quednow In Pascagoula, Mississippi, in November 2008, Cirila Baltazar Cruz gave birth to a baby girl. Soon after, her daughter was taken away from her because she could not communicate with the hospital attendants. Far away from…

Topics: Immigration

Budget Cuts Leaving California Schools High and Dry: Youth of Color Disproportionately Affected

by Guest Columnist on June 11 2009, 5:10PM

by Christina Chen Last Tuesday, I watched as the returns for four Bay Area parcel tax ballot initiatives aimed at ameliorating the impact of state budget shortfalls on schools were announced. The results of Tuesday’s elections, which had come on…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Schwarzenegger Doesn’t Feel Awful Enough

by Guest Columnist on June 10 2009, 3:53PM

Leticia Miranda Thousands of HIV/AIDS advocates gathered this afternoon in Sacramento to protest proposed budget cuts by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Despite his symbolic gestures towards HIV/AIDS issues, the governator plans to slash $67.8 million from state HIV programs and…

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Four Women Journalists, One Goal

by Guest Columnist on June 10 2009, 2:44PM

by Cindy Von Quednow They all come from different backgrounds and beliefs, but all of them have a few things in common: they are women of color, they are journalists and they have been imprisoned in a foreign country…

Topics: Global Affairs

Rhode Island Goes After Western Union

by Guest Columnist on June 10 2009, 11:41AM

Shannah Kurland Yesterday, a Rhode Island House committee approved a bill requiring payday loan, check-cashing and money transfer agencies to report their profits and community investment practices by location. Currently, the state only requires that companies report financial information…

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Race and the Race: Tim Pawlente Race: Tim Pawlenty’s Republiy’s Republican Strategy

by Guest Columnist on June 8 2009, 1:02PM

by Anusuya Sivaram As soon as Tim Pawlenty announced that he wouldn’t seek reelection in 2010, most people found it safe to assume that he’d run for President in 2012. Given the plethora of Republican hopefuls, and their diverse visions…

Topics: Politics

Salvadorans Hope for Change with New President

by Guest Columnist on June 5 2009, 12:57PM

Cindy Von Quednow This week El Salvador’s new president took office, ending 20 years of governance by the conservative ARENA party. The new president, Mauricio Funes, represents the leftist Farabundo Martin National Liberation Front (FMLN). I was in El…

Topics: Global Affairs

The (Racist, Sexist) Princess Problem

by Guest Columnist on June 5 2009, 8:14AM

By Nina Jacinto This post originally appeared at WireTap. I’ve always taken an interest in how women, particularly women of color, are represented in toys and media that are targeted towards children: everything from the release of Mattel’s Diwali Barbie…

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My Great Recession: Being a Poor Mama During This Economic Downturn

by Guest Columnist on June 2 2009, 5:14PM

We put out a call for stories from young people of color about how people are surviving this recession. After a brief hiatus, “My Great Recession” continues with this submission by Queennandi Xsheba. Want to contribute? It will also…

Topics: Race and Recession

Sotomayor Nomination: Race to the Right

by Guest Columnist on June 1 2009, 9:40AM

by Victor Goode, Associate Professor CUNY School of Law Just when we thought that the nation had forgotten about Obama’s Philadelphia speech about race in America we were reminder that there has been a lot of race talk going…

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Torture Paintings

by Guest Columnist on May 29 2009, 10:47AM

Elsadig Elsheikh To see more of Botero’s work, click here. Fernando Botero is a Colombian painter and sculptor best known for his robust, puffed up forms and exaggerated human and animal figures. As one of the most recognized artists in…

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Child of Immigrants Nominated to Supreme Court

by Guest Columnist on May 28 2009, 9:39AM

This is the Weekly Immigration Wire from the Media Consortium for the week of May 25-29, 2009. by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger On Tuesday, President Obama announced Sonia Sotomayor as his pick to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Sotomayor…

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Are You Poor? There’ll Be An Extra Charge for That

by Guest Columnist on May 27 2009, 6:03AM

photo credit: Katherine Squier By Andrew Grant-Thomas For those who like their insights about the economics of life in poverty leavened with both data and poignancy, I heartily recommend DeNeen Brown’s “primer” in the May 18th Washington Post (“Poor?…

Topics: Race and Recession

My Great Recession: What’s A B.A. Good for These Days?

by Guest Columnist on May 26 2009, 4:37PM

We put out a call for stories from young people of color about how people are surviving this recession. “My Great Recession” continues with this submission by Pablo Manriquez. Want to contribute? It will also go on the “Race &…

Topics: Race and Recession

My Great Recession: Economic Downturn? When Was It Ever Up?

by Guest Columnist on May 21 2009, 4:16PM

We put out a call for stories from young people of color about how people are surviving this recession. “My Great Recession” continues with this submission by Angel Garcia. Want to contribute? It will also go on the “Race &…

Topics: Race and Recession

My Great Recession: How to Love During a Recession

by Guest Columnist on May 20 2009, 10:18AM

We put out a call for stories from young people of color about how people are surviving this recession. “My Great Recession” continues with this submission by Angel Garcia. Want to contribute? It will also go on the “Race &…

Topics: Race and Recession