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Happy Juneteenth!

by Jonathan Adams on June 19 2008, 10:12AM

Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the day when word about the abolition of slavery finally reached Texas in 1865. Since then, Juneteenth has been a day of celebration for many African Americans, a de facto second Independence Day…

Topics: History

Evo Morales Gives a Lesson on Immigration

by Jonathan Adams on June 18 2008, 2:47PM

Republished from Of América What Obama and McCain Can Learn From Evo Morales About Immigration - and Leadership By Roberto Lovato If you want to hear what a Real Leader sounds like with regard to immigration policy, check out Bolivian…

Topics: Immigration

The First Lady’s Race

by Jonathan Adams on June 18 2008, 11:48AM

Photo: Tim Llewellyn Today, tnews is all about the women who could be the next First Lady. Michelle Obama appeared on the cover of the New York Times and also as a guest co-host on “The View.” CNN also…


Yellow Light for “Caution” on NY Tasers

by Jonathan Adams on June 18 2008, 9:27AM

The NYPD, the largest police force in New York state and the nation, has embraced the Taser, and now many smaller police departments in the state are trying to decide if they should follow suit. Rinku Sen, the publisher…

Topics: ColorLines Features

Mychal Bell, One of ‘Jena Six’, Wants to Play Football

by Jonathan Adams on June 17 2008, 11:04AM

H/T Electronic Village Mychal Bell, the teen at the center of the controversial Jena Six trial, is now a Carroll High School student. He awaits a decision from the hardship committee of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, which…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Tiger Woods, The Greatest Athlete Ever?

by Jonathan Adams on June 17 2008, 10:21AM

Tiger Woods rallied from a knee injury to capture his 14th major championship in golf when he won a sudden-death match on Monday in the U.S. Open. Woods has won “four Masters titles, the first one by 12 strokes….


Everything’s Better In the Military?

by Jonathan Adams on June 16 2008, 2:16PM

A new study by Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, a sociologist at the University of Massachusetts, compares race relations in the military and those in civilian society, and her results suggest that people of color are much more satisfied with their lives…

Topics: Economy

In Your Blood or Guts?

by Jonathan Adams on June 16 2008, 12:33PM

Photo credit: James Erin de Jauregui TIME Magazine covers the effects of genetics and the environment on obesity in children of color. You’re a native-American baby born into the Oglala Sioux tribe, living on the Pine Ridge reservation in…

Topics: Health

In the Heights Wins Best Musical at the 2008 Tonys

by Jonathan Adams on June 16 2008, 11:21AM

In the Heights,” a joyous celebration of Latino life in the upper reaches of Manhattan, was named best musical at Sunday night’s Tony Awards. Associated Press. In the Heights just beat out Passing Strange, another Broadway hit, for the…


Not On Our Watch

by Jonathan Adams on June 16 2008, 9:30AM

H/T Electronic Village Please join Dream for Darfur and Save Darfur Coalition for a nationwide protest against the silence of Olympic corporate sponsors on the Darfur crisis. To mark United Nations World Refugee Day on June 20, students, activists,…


U.S. War Machine Cranks Up Latino Recruitment Efforts

by Jonathan Adams on June 13 2008, 10:40AM

Originally published at Of América Issues You Won’t Hear about During the Campaign: The Pentagon’s Lust for Young Latino Bodies By Roberto Lovato Here’s an issue we can safely assume the candidates will conveniently ignore: the massive recruitment efforts of…


DIY: Making Better Black Fathers

by Jonathan Adams on June 13 2008, 9:19AM

Just in time for Father’s Day, it seems like everybody has the instruction manual on what men should do to become better fathers to their children. More specifically, the holiday is an opportunity for leaders to preach the importance…


Youth of Color Still Not Registered to Vote; ICE Raids in Rhode Island

by Jonathan Adams on June 13 2008, 8:31AM

ICE Arrests 42 People in Rhode Island “Federal immigration authorities have arrested 42 people from South America who were allegedly in the country illegally.” Boston Globe. V.A. Bans Voter Drives “Voting rights groups are criticizing the Department of Veterans Affairs…

Topics: News Items

Today is Loving Day

by Jonathan Adams on June 12 2008, 2:50PM

Forty-one years ago today, the Supreme Court struck down a Virginia law preventing marriage between races. Every year on June 12, interracial couples celebrate Loving Day, commemorating the ruling in Loving v. Virginia that made our unions lawful. [Washington…


Senator Menendez Rightly Raises the Stakes of the Immigration Debate

by Jonathan Adams on June 12 2008, 2:40PM

Washington, DC – Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) delivered an important speech on the U.S. Senate floor yesterday, calling for reform to U.S. immigration policies and a renewed emphasis on protecting the constitutional rights of those improperly targeted by recent…

Topics: Immigration

Supreme Court Allows Guantanamo Bay Prisoners to Appeal Detention

by Jonathan Adams on June 12 2008, 10:26AM

By a 5-4 vote, the high court overturned a ruling that upheld a law President George W. Bush pushed through the Republican-led Congress in 2006 that took away the habeas corpus rights of the terrorism suspects to seek full judicial…


Indian Workers Suspend Hunger Strike, Celebrate Gains

by Jonathan Adams on June 11 2008, 2:54PM

H/T ImmigrationProf Indian trafficking survivors suspend hunger strike on Day 29 after huge political gains Workers celebrate support, vow to fight on as allies hold solidarity rallies in 10 US cities WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, June 11, 2008,…


BET vs. Boondocks

by Jonathan Adams on June 11 2008, 1:33PM

Aaron McGruder, creator of The Boondocks, first gained notoriety for his searingly political syndicated comic strip. Then, McGruder left newspapers and put his strip in motion turning Boondocks into an Adult Swim animated television series by the same name. From…

Topics: Media

Flags of Our Fathers?

by Jonathan Adams on June 11 2008, 10:24AM

This weekend, on June !4th, we will celebrate Flag Day. If you, like me, have no idea what happens on this day, Wikipedia says, “the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for…

Topics: History

Presidential Candidates Court Latino Voters, Attend La Raza Convention

by Jonathan Adams on June 10 2008, 9:19AM

Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain will travel to San Diego next month to speak at the annual convention of the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. San Diego Union-Tribune. NPR:…