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California Ballot Debrief: If I Had $30 Billion…

by Guest Columnist on May 20 2009, 9:00AM

By Libby Sholes photo credit: Ambidanze The election is over, and the five revenue-generating ballot propositions have failed. We were warned: vote these down, and our Legislature will have to make huge, ugly cuts in education and social programs. With…

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The Secret of Breathing

by Guest Columnist on May 20 2009, 6:53AM

By Bertha Lewis There are some things I know so deeply that I experience them the way I experience breathing. Constantly, but almost always unconsciously. I’m like fish pondering water – I don’t even know I’m wet. Sometimes, though, when…

Topics: Race and Recession

Bill Clinton Named New UN Envoy to ‘Stabilize’ Haiti, a Country He Helped Destabilize

by Guest Columnist on May 19 2009, 3:18PM

by Jeremy Scahill This post originally appeared on RebelReports. Former US President Bill Clinton has been named by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as his special UN envoy to Haiti. Clinton will reportedly travel to the country at least…

Topics: Global Affairs

My Great Recession: Can’t Get a Job, Can’t Afford School

by Guest Columnist on May 19 2009, 10:10AM

Ed Note: 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…

Topics: Race and Recession

My Great Recession: My Post-Grad, Mid-Recession Struggles

by Guest Columnist on May 18 2009, 3:43PM

Ed Note: 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…

Topics: Race and Recession

My Great Recession: When Working Three Jobs, Seven Days a Week Still Isn’t Enough

by Guest Columnist on May 18 2009, 12:05PM

Ed Note: 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…

Topics: Race and Recession

“Arbitrary in Its Application?” Not Exactly.

by Guest Columnist on May 12 2009, 10:51AM

by Andrew Grant-Thomas This past Saturday I moderated a panel called “Perspectives on Ohio’s Death Penalty” at the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. Here’re some takeaways. Don’t kill a white person, don’t kill a woman, and…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Why Pacquiao Matters

by Guest Columnist on May 11 2009, 1:13PM

by Matthew Ledesma This post originally appeared on WireTap. I grew up in Turlock, CA. Born in Manila, Philippines, but I spent childhood and adolescence in a small suburban/rural city in the California Central Valley. During elementary and high school,…

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the news You Haven’t Heard from New Haven

by Guest Columnist on May 11 2009, 10:28AM

by Andrew Grant-Thomas Most Racewire readers know about Ricci v. DeStefano, a case filed by white firefighters in New Haven, CT, my home town, after the City invalidated the results of a test that would have promoted 15 whites, one…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Weekly Immigration Wire: Fighting H1N1 Hype

by Guest Columnist on May 7 2009, 9:35AM

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger This week’s Wire focuses on the opportunities for change that crisis can introduce. From the H1N1 “Swine” flu’s declining fervor to 2009’s May Day marches for worker rights and immigrant solidarity; from the tragic killing…

Topics: Immigration

Now It’s Official: The Poor and People of Color Get the Dirty Air

by Guest Columnist on May 6 2009, 9:36AM

by Nina Jacinto This post originally appeared on Wiretap. Last week, researchers at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Southern California released a study that confirms what many people are all too familiar with: toxic pollution falls disproportionately…

Topics: Environment

Exploring Mixed Race Through Mixed Messages

by Guest Columnist on May 1 2009, 10:14AM

Through dance and video, Raissa Simpson explores the experiences of being multi-race in her show, playing May 2 and 3 in San Francisco. By Crystal Carter When Raissa Simpson began her dance career, she found herself cast in performance roles…

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Black Farmers Urge Obama to Keep Promises

by Guest Columnist on April 28 2009, 11:08AM

by Jessica Hoffmann Black farmers who’d hoped they might finally see justice under the Obama administration are disappointed—and they’re speaking up about it. Today in D.C., the National Black Farmers’ Association is rallying to protest a government-proposed cap on compensation…

Topics: Economy

We’re Sick of Not Being Heard - Redux

by Guest Columnist on April 23 2009, 12:43PM

By Gerald Smith That’s what immigrants are saying again in health care institutions across the U.S., where interpretation and translation services are severely lacking. This time, it’s coming from Washington D.C. Just a few weeks after RaceWire published the latest…

Topics: Health

Weekly Immigration Wire: Building Up to Change

by Guest Columnist on April 23 2009, 10:21AM

by Nezua, The Media Consortium MediaWire Blogger As the U.S. moves closer and closer to enacting immigration reform, the situation on the ground is evolving as well. Nothing is static for an issue that touches so many people across so…

Topics: Immigration

The “Unrapeable” Wayne Carter: Sexual Violation and the Black Male

by Guest Columnist on April 21 2009, 12:14PM

by Andrea Plaid Originally posted at Racialicious. The discussion of Lil Wayne’s virginity starts at 2:40. I give mad kudos to Cara for her smartly written analysis about Lil’ Wayne having his rape exploited as talk-show fodder on Jimmy Kimmel’s…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Thanking Elie Wiesel at Racism Conference

by Guest Columnist on April 21 2009, 11:23AM

written by Roberto Lovato, via New America Media GENEVA, SWITZERLAND. Before asking him about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s controversial speech here at the followup to the U.N.-sponsored World Conference Against Racism (Durban II), I first gave Nobel prize-winner, Elie Wiesel, my thanks….

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From Trinidad & Tobago: Change or More of the Same?

by Guest Columnist on April 20 2009, 8:13PM

By Carlos Jimenez The V Summit of the Americas, and the counter IV Peoples’ Summit, has brought a wide representation of peoples and communities of all colors and histories to the small island of Trinidad. While both gatherings have similar…

Topics: Global Affairs

Vacancy Decontrol Is Hurting New York’s Immigrant Communities

by Guest Columnist on April 20 2009, 3:18PM

By Shan Rehman photo credit: Seth Wessler Predatory equity has become an increasingly visible part of New York City’s real estate landscape. Investors buy apartment buildings that house low-to-moderate income tenants at low prices, and then vacate as many units…

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Legalize the Undocumented, Help Fix the Economy

by Guest Columnist on April 16 2009, 9:42AM

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger This is the immigration wire for the week of April 9-16, 2009, published by The Media Consortium. The dialogue on immigration has, historically, been contentious and cyclical. There are times when hysteria peaks, and rational…

Topics: Economy, Immigration