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This Brave Nation: Van Jones and Carl Pope

by Jonathan Adams on June 10 2008, 9:01AM

The climate change bill recently burned in the Senate but not before gaining more support than before. Two people who have been leaders in this movement towards a more healthy environment, Carl Pope with the Sierra Club and Van…


Al Sharpton Plans Sean Bell Protest at All-Star Game

by Jonathan Adams on June 10 2008, 8:23AM

A month after protesters blocked bridges and tunnels during rush hour, Sharpton said he wants to bring the outrage over the Sean Bell shooting to the national stage July 15. The Rev. Al Sharpton threatened Sunday to disrupt baseball’s…


Report Rebuffs “Model Minority” Stereotype; Winehouse Apologizes

by Jonathan Adams on June 10 2008, 7:13AM

Report Refutes “Model Minority” Stereotype A report by New York University, the College Board and a commission of mostly Asian-American educators and community leaders says that Asian-Americans’ reputation for academic success has obscured important variations within the group — and…

Topics: News Items

Sandra Day O’Connor Gets Into Gaming

by Jonathan Adams on June 6 2008, 1:31PM

H/T techdirt Sandra Day O’Connor, retired Supreme Court Justice, is turning to video games to make sure that young people learn about the legal system. Delivering the keynote address Wednesday at the annual Games For Change conference at Parsons The…


New York Magazine: The Summer of Brownface

by Jonathan Adams on June 6 2008, 9:31AM

Outside of color-blind Shakespeare adaptations, cross-race casting has been one of Hollywood’s obvious taboos for decades now — a no-no so basic it didn’t even merit discussion. No more: Enough Hollywood stars are enthusiastically applying bronzer in 2008, either for…

Topics: Media

Judge Blocks Order to Outlaw Arizona Day Laborers

by Jonathan Adams on June 5 2008, 10:50AM

Courtesy of Nick Mazur h/t ImmigrationProf The ACLU announced today that “The U.S District Court in Phoenix issued a preliminary order today stopping the town of Cave Creek, Arizona from enforcing an anti-solicitation ordinance that infringes on the free…

Topics: Immigration

Facing Race - A National Conference

by Jonathan Adams on June 5 2008, 8:59AM

Facing Race brings together all people concerned about race including activists, artists, organizers, journalists, scholars, policy advocates, and researchers. This conference will explore the innovative strategies and successful models that have the power to make our racial justice moment…


Obama Makes History, Needs to Make Good on Promises

by Jonathan Adams on June 4 2008, 1:54PM

Courtesy of drmvrbr2000 Last night, we watched Barack Obama claim the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. It’s been a long hard road, but we would be remiss to gloss over the historic significance of the Democratic…


Media That Matters Film Festival

by Jonathan Adams on June 4 2008, 1:12PM

Our friends at Arts Engine just held their Eighth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival last week at IFC in New York. This year’s festival showcases twelve jury-selected shorts tackling a broad range of social issues with humor, humanity,…

Topics: Media

CR10: Critical Resistance Celebrates Ten Years

by Jonathan Adams on June 3 2008, 12:47PM

In September 1998, thousands gathered in Berkeley, California, for conference that founded Critical Resistance’s movement to abolish the prison industrial complex (PIC). Each participant, with their own experiences of oppression and resistance, watched as diverse struggles were unified: by…


Racewire Gets Credentialed For Democratic National Convention

by Jonathan Adams on June 3 2008, 12:36PM

It’s Tuesday. Voters in South Dakota and Montana are going in the polls in the last two Democratic primaries in the country. There are some reports that Clinton will concede to Obama tonight, but that has yet to be seen….


Angelica Vale Helps Launch Latino Campaign Against Homophobia

by Jonathan Adams on June 3 2008, 11:43AM

Actress Angelica Vale, one of Latin America’s most beloved leading ladies, joins BIENESTAR in a campaign against homophobia targeting the Latino community. “As Latinos we are often categorized as a ‘family oriented’ people, however Latino family values often fail…


Tavern on the Green Settles Racial Discrimination Claim

by Jonathan Adams on June 3 2008, 10:58AM

Tavern on the Green, the famous New York restaurant, agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit. The commission said that the restaurant had “engaged in severe and pervasive” sexual and racial harassment of female, black…

Topics: Economy

Jena 6 Judge’s Recusal Delayed

by Jonathan Adams on June 2 2008, 11:09AM

H/T Zentronix Lawyers for the five remaining defendants facing trial in the racially divisive Jena 6 incident in Louisiana presented evidence Friday of what they said was bias on the part of the judge presiding over the cases and sought…

Topics: Criminal Justice

DNA Founder, James Watson, More Racist Than We Thought

by Jonathan Adams on June 2 2008, 8:20AM

Henry Louis Gates, editor of and host of the series African American Lives, a geneological quest of Black celebrities, is continuing his pursuit of race in biological terms. Today, Gates released an interview with Dr. James Watson, founder…


Al Sharpton: Rally and Ride to Stop Police Brutality

by Jonathan Adams on May 30 2008, 10:39AM

WHAT: Rally followed by Critical Mass Ride WHEN: Friday, May 30, 2008 at 7:00 PM WHERE: Union Square Park South at 14th Street Another rally is scheduled tonight to protest the verdict in the Sean Bell shooting trial and…


We Need a Different Way to Hold Police Accountable

by Jonathan Adams on May 29 2008, 11:21AM

Byron Hurt wrote in his own words, on, why he made his film “If 5-0 Shoots,” a tribute to Sean Bell. My wife Kenya and I got married on Sept. 30, 2006, a little more than a month…


Black Model Blacklist?

by Jonathan Adams on May 29 2008, 10:11AM

Today, Naomi Campbell has been charged with assaulting two police officers after she was removed from a flight at London’s Heathrow Airport, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000….


Gov. Paterson: Make Room for Same-Sex Married Couples

by Jonathan Adams on May 29 2008, 9:24AM

Governor David Paterson, the nation’s third Black governor since Reconstruction, has directed all New York state agencies to begin to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, California and Canada. Paterson seems…


MSNBC Series: Multiracial in America

by Jonathan Adams on May 29 2008, 9:05AM

Barack Obama is running for president in anything but a post-race world, but his campaign does beg the question, “What does it mean to be multiracial in America?” original series, “Gut Check: Multiracial In America” examines the growth…